Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption More than 5,000 space missions have left Earth’s orbit increasingly congested Japan has launched a cargo ship which will use a half mile- (700m)-long tether to remove some of the vast amount of debris from Earth’s orbit. The tether, made of aluminium strands and steel wire, is designed […]

Ghana election commission website hit by cyber attack

Ghana election commission website hit by cyber attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 15 million people were registered to vote Hackers have targeted the website of Ghana’s electoral commission as votes are counted after tightly contested elections. The commission says the website is up again, and an attempt to put up “fake results” failed. In a tweet, it urged people to […]

Ghana election commission website hacked

Ghana election commission website hacked

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 15 million people were registered to vote Hackers have targeted the website of Ghana’s electoral commission as votes are counted after tightly contested elections. The commission says the website is up again, but it it is currently blank. The commission has tweeted, urging people to ignore “fake results” […]

Giraffes facing ‘silent extinction’ as population plunges

Giraffes facing ‘silent extinction’ as population plunges

Image copyright IUCN Image caption A combination of factors has helped drive down giraffe populations in many parts of Africa A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world’s tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction. Numbers have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015 […]

Ghana elections: Long queues in tight presidential poll

Media captionThe BBC’s Salim Kikeke visits a polling station in the middle of a busy market There have been long queues at polling stations in Ghana amid a tight election race between President John Mahama and veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo. All seven candidates have pledged to keep the process peaceful but an opposition […]

Kenya court halts HIV data collection

Kenya court halts HIV data collection

Image copyright AFP Image caption Campaigners said the collection of the data could lead to further stigmatisation of those with HIV A Kenyan high court has ruled that a government directive to collect data on HIV-positive schoolchildren and pregnant women is unconstitutional. It said the move violated the rights and privacy of those living with […]

Indian operation for ‘500kg’ Egyptian

Indian operation for ‘500kg’ Egyptian

Image copyright Courtesy: Dr Muffazal Lakdawala Image caption Eman’s family says she hasn’t been able to leave home for 25 years now An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world’s heaviest woman at 500kg (1,102lb), will soon be flown to India for weight reduction surgery. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, will be flown on […]

Kenya Muslims ‘targeted in extrajudicial killings’

Kenya Muslims ‘targeted in extrajudicial killings’

Image caption Saada Suleiman said her husband had been missing for two years since his arrest at a mosque in Mombasa Kenya’s anti-terror police have carried out at least 81 extrajudicial killings in country’s mainly Muslim coastal region since 2012, a rights group says. Haki Africa said the figure could be higher but some families […]

South Sudan ‘deports critical reporter’

South Sudan ‘deports critical reporter’

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Sudan is the world’s newest country, but was at war after two years of independence A foreign correspondent working in South Sudan says he has been deported for being too critical of the government. Justin Lynch, an Associated Press freelancer, said he had been arrested by government agents. He […]

Aleppo battle: Syria rebels call for truce to evacuate civilians

Media captionIn the past few weeks, the military have recaptured more than two thirds of the rebel-held enclave Syrian rebels have called for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians, after withdrawing from their last strongholds in Aleppo’s old city. They said civilians were in great danger and they would support any initiative […]

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