DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

Image copyright Reuters Image caption UN peacekeepers and Congolese troops face attacks from several militia groups in North Kivu At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN’s Monusco mission said the peacekeepers were attacked by suspected rebels of […]

Ramaphosa believes South Africa’s President Zuma rape accuser

Ramaphosa believes South Africa’s President Zuma rape accuser

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jacob Zuma became South Africa’s president three years after he was acquitted of rape A leading contender to replace President Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa’s governing ANC has said he believes the woman who accused Mr Zuma of rape over a decade ago was telling the truth. […]

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Image caption Some police officers bought shoes from outside vendors contrary to regulations Kenya’s ministry in charge of policing may have lost at least $1.6m (£1m) following irregularities in the purchase of officers’ shoes, an audit has found. The report described a “pathetic and unpleasant situation” with some officers wearing worn-out shoes and others buying […]

The luxurious ghost airport in one of the world’s poorest countries

In Mozambique, a $200m airport was meant to be the second busiest in the country. But three years after it opened it is operating at only 4% of its capacity. Nacalas International Airport has also been caught up in a corruption scandal involving Brazilian contractor Odebrecht. The company was responsible for the airport’s construction, and […]

Ramaphosa believes SA President Jacob Zuma is guilty of rape

Ramaphosa believes SA President Jacob Zuma is guilty of rape

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption After he was acquitted of rape, Mr Zuma went on to become South Africa’s president in 2009 A leading contender to replace President Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa’s governing ANC has said he believes the woman who accused Mr Zuma of rape over a decade ago was […]

Liberia election: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Liberia election: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Image copyright Reuters/ EPA Image caption George Weah (L) and Joseph Boakai will now go head-to-head in a presidential run-off Liberia’s Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run. This means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – […]

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Image copyright Reuters Zimbabwe has taken steps towards ending its economic isolation in its first budget since the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year authoritarian rule. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced a package of measures aimed at wooing international investors, including new curbs on laws that require firms to be 51% locally owned. He said privatisation […]

After IS, Libya yearns for normality

After IS, Libya yearns for normality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Giza al-Bahriya area of Sirte, days after the entire city was captured from IS in December 2016 One year on from a military campaign that successfully expelled so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, residents have complained of the scale of destruction that remains. Months […]

Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was expected to make sure that his troops defeated militant Islamists Nigeria’s military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. His redeployment to an unspecified post follows a string of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least […]

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 […]