Egypt mass trial sees hundreds imprisoned over 2013 protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Clashes between police and demonstrators in 2013 ended in hundreds of deaths Forty-three people have been sentenced to life in prison after a mass trial in Egypt that also saw years-long sentences given to hundreds of others. Almost 500 people were charged with crimes over the violence which erupted following […]

Hurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption American military units were evacuated from the US Virgin Islands on Sunday Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday, […]

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

Image copyright Wildlife Justice Commission Criminal networks smuggling rhino horn out of Africa are turning it into jewellery to evade its detection in airports, an investigation has found. Wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic revealed an “emerging trend” of making and smuggling beads, bracelets and bangles and rhino horn powder. The lead investigator told BBC News […]

BBC launches services for Ethiopia and Eritrea

Image caption The new sites have already generated a lot of interest The BBC World Service has launched three websites for Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s. The sites would be a “source of truth” in a region with limited independent media, said BBC editor Will Ross. The […]

DR Congo security forces shoot dead Burundi migrants

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are tens of thousands of Burundians living in the DRC Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shot dead 37 Burundian migrants who were protesting after four of their countrymen were expelled, the UN says. Its peacekeeping mission Monusco said another 117 were injured during the incident […]

Zanzibar arrests 20 over homosexuality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Tanzania, gay male sex is punishable by up to 30 years in jail Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, police say. The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids […]

Rugby Championship: New Zealand in record win over South Africa

The All Blacks scored four tries in each half at North Harbour Stadium World champions New Zealand ran in eight tries as they thumped South Africa 57-0 in Auckland, their biggest winning margin against the Springboks. Victory extended their lead in the four-team Rugby Championship to eight points with two matches remaining. The All Blacks […]

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions?

Image caption At least 30,000 people have fled their homes Thousands of people have fled Ethiopia’s Somali region following deadly clashes in recent days between ethnic Somalis and Oromos. The BBC’s Kalkidan Yibeltal looks at the cause of the conflict and whether it can be stopped. Dozens of people are reported to have died in […]

Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tunisian women have been campaigning for greater rights Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining “the freedom to choose one’s spouse”. Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a […]

Award-winning Sampha thanks Sierra Leone parents

Award-winning Sampha thanks Sierra Leone parents

Media captionSampha said it ‘felt like dreaming’ to win the award Soul singer Sampha has been awarded the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for his mournful and intimate album, Process. The singer, who for a long time was better known as a guest vocalist on other people’s records, beat Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to win the […]