Zimbabwe drops charges against Cecil the lion hunter

Zimbabwe drops charges against Cecil the lion hunter

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Bronkhorst is a free man, though the state could still press fresh charges A Zimbabwe court has dropped charges against a professional hunter alleged to have helped an American dentist to kill a famous lion named Cecil. It ruled that the charges against Theo Bronkhorst “were too vague to […]

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Image copyright AP Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that “going it alone” is not an option for Europe or the United States. He said the West faced its greatest security challenge in a generation. During his election campaign, Mr Trump described Western military alliance Nato as obsolete. He suggested […]

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’

Image copyright AFP Image caption IS posted a video showing explosions at Nimrud after capturing it Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago. In March 2015, officials and historians condemned IS for the destruction of the archaeological […]

New Zealand earthquake: Powerful tremor hits South Island

New Zealand earthquake: Powerful tremor hits South Island

Image copyright USGS A powerful earthquake has struck New Zealand’s South Island. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.4 quake hit just after midnight (11:02 GMT on Sunday), some 95km (59 miles) from Christchurch. The ministry of civil defence has warned people on the east coast of the South Island to move to higher ground […]

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended – PM Valls

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended – PM Valls

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A plaque commemorating the viticms of the Paris attacks outside “A La Bonne Biere” cafe France’s state of emergency imposed after last year’s terror attacks in Paris is likely to be extended, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told the BBC. He said the measures were needed to “protect our democracy”. […]

DR Congo arrests Rwandan FDLR rebel commander

DR Congo arrests Rwandan FDLR rebel commander

Image copyright AFP Image caption Around 800,000 people were killed during the 1994 genocide A Rwandan Hutu rebel commander wanted for atrocities committed on Congolese soil has been arrested in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Habyarimana Mucebo, a senior member of the Rwandan FDLR rebel group, was captured in Rutshuru, north-eastern DR Congo. Members of […]

Migrant crisis: Almost 100 missing in Libya sinking

Migrant crisis: Almost 100 missing in Libya sinking

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Smugglers are using flimsier boats and putting more people on them, the UN says Almost 100 migrants are missing after their boat sank off the Libyan coast, the country’s navy says. The boat, reportedly carrying 126 people mostly from African nations, left Garabulli, east of the capital Tripoli, early on […]

South Sudan: 145 child soldiers released – Unicef

South Sudan: 145 child soldiers released – Unicef

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About 16,000 children are still in “armed groups” Some 145 child soldiers fighting for two rebel groups in South Sudan have been released, Unicef has announced. The children were recruited by the Cobra Faction and the SPLA In Opposition, two armed groups which have been fighting the government. They […]

Ethiopia withdraws troops in Somalia over ‘lack of support’

Ethiopia withdraws troops in Somalia over ‘lack of support’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia deployed its troops to Somalia to strengthen the weak UN-backed government Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants. It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU’s recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia. Ethiopia is […]

The Gambia joins African queue to leave ICC

The Gambia joins African queue to leave ICC

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia since 1994 The Gambia says it will pull of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after accusing the tribunal of persecuting and humiliating Africans. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the court. The ICC was set up to […]