Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

Image caption The skeleton was discovered in the Sterkfontein caves One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of humankind’s ancestors has been unveiled in South Africa. A team spent more than 20 years excavating, cleaning and putting together the skeleton of Little Foot. Its exact age is debated, but South African scientists say the […]

UN signals ‘end’ of throwaway plastic

UN signals ‘end’ of throwaway plastic

Image copyright Getty Images The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped. Scientists welcomed the statement, but were unhappy the agreement was only based in principle, with no […]

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than seven million people are struggling to feed themselves, aid workers say Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by […]

Zanzibar-born artist wins Turner Prize

Zanzibar-born artist wins Turner Prize

Media captionLubaina Himid was congratulated by presenter Goldie Lubaina Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, and the first black woman to pick up the art award. The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery. The judges praised her “uncompromising tackling […]

Trump’s Jerusalem calls spark warnings from Arab leaders

Trump’s Jerusalem calls spark warnings from Arab leaders

Image copyright EPA Image caption Abdul Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt (left) and Saudi King Salman (centre) are among those to voice concern Arab leaders have warned US President Donald Trump that moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could have dangerous repercussions. Mr Trump phoned several regional leaders on Tuesday to tell them he […]

‘Abacha loot’: Switzerland to return $320m to Nigeria

‘Abacha loot’: Switzerland to return $320m to Nigeria

Image caption The late ruler is suspected to have embezzled about $2.2bn from Nigeria’s central bank The Swiss government has announced that it will return $320m (£240m) of the money allegedly stolen by Nigeria’s late military ruler Sani Abacha. The money was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his […]

Nigerian governor’s sister made ‘Commissioner of Happiness’

Nigerian governor’s sister made ‘Commissioner of Happiness’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rochas Okorocha, Imo State governor, made a bid for the presidency in 2014 A Nigerian governor has created a new role for his sister – as commissioner for happiness and couples’ fulfilment. Rochas Okorocha unveiled the post during the swearing in of 27 other new commissioners for Imo State. […]

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa takes lead in ANC president race

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa takes lead in ANC president race

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jacob Zuma (L) will be replaced as ANC leader by either Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (C) or Cyril Ramaphosa (R) this month South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, has a strong lead in the race to become the new leader of the governing African National Congress. He emerged as frontrunner after […]

German tourist shot dead in Ethiopia

German tourist shot dead in Ethiopia

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Erta Ale volcano is popular with tourists A German tourist has been shot dead and a guide injured during a visit to a volcano in north-eastern Ethiopia. They were part of a group which had travelled to the Erta Ale volcano. It is not known who carried out the […]

Peace diamond: Precious stone fetches $6.5m in New York

Peace diamond: Precious stone fetches $6.5m in New York

Media captionThe diamond has fetched $6.5m A giant 709-carat diamond unearthed in Sierra Leone has sold at auction in New York for $6.5m (£4.8m). Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, won the precious stone – nicknamed the “peace diamond” – in bidding on Monday. Half of the proceeds, $3.8m, will be used to fund infrastructure […]