Where is Nambia? President Trump ‘invents’ African country

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Trump also met African leaders at the G7 summit in May “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” said US President Donald Trump at a lunch with African leaders in New York on Wednesday, reeling off a list of their nations’ achievements. But no such country exists. Could the US […]

Kenya’s Supreme Court criticises IEBC electoral commission

Image copyright AFP Image caption The judges ruled by a 4-2 majority to annul the 8 August election Kenya’s Supreme Court has blamed the country’s electoral commission (IEBC) for its decision to annul the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The judges said the 8 August poll was “neither transparent or verifiable”. Deputy Chief Justice Philomena […]

Togo protests: Why are people marching against Faure Gnassingbé?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-government protests have spread across the country A new round of demonstrations is expected across Togo as the country grapples with an unprecedented political crisis, brought about by calls for the introduction of presidential term limits. Faure Gnassingbé has been head of state since 2005 when he took over from […]

Mexico: Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200

Media captionMoments after the earthquake hit A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed. The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage […]

David Maraga hits back at ‘threats’ over Kenya election re-run

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga said he was “prepared to pay the ultimate price” to protect the rule of law Threats against Kenya’s judiciary are increasing after a Supreme Court ruling to invalidate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in last month’s election, the chief justice says. The “savage” demonstrations are “intended […]

Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PM

Media captionFootage from Martinique shows early devastating winds Dominica has suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says. “We have lost all that money can buy,” he said in a Facebook post. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island. Earlier Mr […]

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy protection in US

Image copyright Getty Images Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada as it attempts to restructure its debts. The firm was once a dominant player in the US toy market, but has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon. The move casts a shadow over the future of the […]

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77

Media captionStanislav Petrov: ”I knew perfectly well that nobody would be able to correct my mistake if I had made one” A former Soviet military officer credited with averting a possible nuclear disaster at the peak of the Cold War has died at the age of 77. Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian […]

Nigeria’s Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award

Image caption Amina Yuguda hails from Yola in north-eastern Nigeria A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency. She will start a three-month placement […]

Kenyan voting system ‘won’t be ready’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left on poster) successfully challenged August’s result in court The company providing the voting system for the re-run of Kenya’s presidential election says the equipment will not be ready in time, putting the planned date in jeopardy. The Supreme Court annulled last month’s vote, citing irregularities. […]