Rwanda killed 37 petty criminals, Human Rights Watch says

Image copyright Human Rights Watch Image caption These are some of the people allegedly killed Rwandan authorities have summarily executed “at least 37” people accused of committing minor criminal offences, instead of prosecuting them, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. The government in Kigali denies that any extrajudicial killings took place. Most of the alleged victims […]

Rooney mania grips Tanzania as Everton play Gor Mahia

Image caption Tanzanians are eager to see Rooney in action Football excitement is growing in East Africa as Wayne Rooney makes his first appearance for Everton since his return to the side at a historic match later in Tanzania. The former Manchester United player has hogged the limelight since Everton flew into Tanzania on Wednesday. […]

Trump Russia claims: Mood in the White House is ‘fantastic’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption US president Donald Trump says his team is “functioning beautifully” despite a turbulent week President Donald Trump says the mood in the White House is “fantastic” despite intense scrutiny of his campaign’s alleged dealings with Russia. He told Reuters the administration was “functioning beautifully”. The president also defended his […]

Brazil’s ex-President Lula convicted of corruption

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lula faces five different corruption trials Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. The judge ruled he could remain free pending an appeal. Lula has rejected claims that he received an apartment as […]

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Media captionMovie encoded into the DNA of bacteria An image and short film has been encoded in DNA, using the units of inheritance as a medium for storing information. Using a genome editing tool known as Crispr, US scientists inserted a gif – five frames of a horse galloping – into the DNA of bacteria. […]

Somali schoolteachers arrested for ‘al-Shabab meetings’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Militant groups in Somalia want to spread a pro-Islamist curriculum Somali authorities have arrested seven head teachers who they accuse of meeting al-Shabab militants. They are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favour the Islamist group’s ideology. Each of the principals is responsible for around […]

Nigeria’s President Buhari to return ‘soon’ – Osinbajo

Image copyright Retuers Image caption Mr Buhari is receiving medical treatment at a London hospital President Muhammadu Buhari is “recuperating fast” and will return home “very soon”, says Nigeria’s acting head of state Yemi Osinbajo. He made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday morning, after visiting Mr Buhari at the London hospital where […]

Ray Phiri: South Africa’s Graceland star dies

Image copyright Gallo Images Image caption Before his death, the musician appealed to the media to respect his privacy South African jazz legend Ray Phiri has died at the age of 70 after a two-month battle with lung cancer. The guitarist, producer and vocalist rose to fame when he featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album […]

Chinese troops head to Djibouti base

Image copyright China News Service Image caption The Chinese navy has visited Djibouti previously, with a ship docking at the tiny African nation’s port in 2015 Ships carrying Chinese troops are heading to Djibouti to set up Beijing’s first overseas military base, reports state media. China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping […]

South Africa’s AmaZulu FC win promotion by buying league champions

AmaZulu have played in the PSL for 15 of its 21 seasons since 1996 South Africa’s Football Association president will meet the country’s Premier League about big clubs buying their way into the top flight. It comes after South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) allowed AmaZulu FC to purchase National First Division champions Thanda Royal […]

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