Xanda: Son of Cecil the ‘lion killed by hunter’ in Zimbabwe

Image copyright AFP PHOTO / ZIMBABWE NATIONAL PARKS Image caption Sad inheritance: The much-loved Zimbabwean lion Cecil was killed in 2015 Two years after Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy-hunter in Zimbabwe, prompting global outrage, his son has met a similar sad end. Xanda, a six-year-old lion with several young cubs, was reportedly […]

Aids deaths halve as more get drugs

Image copyright Getty Images Deaths linked to Aids have halved in a decade, official figures shows. The condition, which is caused by HIV, used to be one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) showed deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 […]

Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon, Amnesty says

Image copyright AFP Image caption Cameroon has been fighting the Boko Haram militants Suspected Boko Haram fighters have been “brutally tortured” by security forces in Cameroon, a rights group says. Amnesty International said in a report that the suspects, including women and children, were beaten, water-boarded and forced into stress positions. The cases allegedly happened […]

Three Kenyan men sentenced to death for stripping woman

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The assault led to protests in Nairobi demanding that women’s rights be respected in 2014 Three Kenyan men who stripped and attacked a woman in a bus have been sentenced to death by a magistrate in the capital, Nairobi. The death sentence was imposed after the three were convicted of […]

Zimbabwe: Lion kills 10-year-old girl in Chiredzi

Image copyright AFP Image caption The attack is believed to have happened near a game reserve A young girl has been killed by a lion while relieving herself at night at the back of a hut in a rural part of Zimbabwe, a police spokesman told the state-linked Chronicle newspaper. The aunt of the little […]

Protection for Zuma critic after death threats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption South Africa has been shocked by the threats to Makhosi Khozi South African parliament and police are to provide security for an African National Congress (ANC) MP after a number of death threats against her. Parliamentary spokesman Moloto Mothapo said the decision followed a security assessment that confirmed “a security […]

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: ANC has ‘messed up South Africa’

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has told the BBC that South Africa is in a political crisis and a no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma, due next month, will be of any help. Her comments came on the day South Africans celebrated what would have been the 99th birthday of her former husband, Nelson Mandela, the country’s […]

Lion parts ‘sold as fake tiger products’ in Asia

Image copyright AFP Trade in bones and other parts of lions faked as tiger products is thriving in Chinese and South East Asian markets, a leading wildlife group says. China’s ban on the sale of tiger products has led to unscrupulous traders substituting them with lion parts, the UK-based Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) said. South […]

May Brown: Visa battle transplant sister dies

Image copyright ACLT Image caption May Brown received the donated stem cells from her sister at King’s College Hospital in London A woman with leukaemia at the centre of a campaign to allow her donor Nigerian sister to come to the UK has died. Martha Williams, 26, travelled to the UK to donate stem cells […]

Africa Cup of Nations: Caf considers summer move

Caf president Ahmad Ahmad opens the two-day symposium on the future of the continental game The Africa Cup of Nations could be moved to the summer as part of changes being discussed by the continent’s ruling body. The Nations Cup’s timing in January and February has long angered clubs in Europe, where many Africans play. […]