Nigeria’s President Buhari makes rare appearance amid health concerns

Nigeria’s President Buhari makes rare appearance amid health concerns

Image copyright Nigeria presidency Image caption Mr Buhari attended the mosque in the presidential villa Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has made a rare public appearance amid ongoing questions about the state of his health. Photos and a video posted on Twitter showed Mr Buhari, 74, attending Friday prayers at a mosque in the presidential villa […]

US soldier killed in mission against Somalia’s al-Shabab

US soldier killed in mission against Somalia’s al-Shabab

Image copyright AFP Image caption Al-Shabab fighters perform military drills at a village about 25km outside Mogadishu in 2011 A US soldier has been killed in Somalia during operations against al-Shabab militants, the American military says. Two other US servicemen were injured in Thursday’s incident, about 40 miles (64km) west of the capital Mogadishu, near […]

North Korea claims CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un

North Korea claims CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plot involved targeting Kim Jong-un at public event, state media said US and South Korean agents are plotting to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, state media report. A statement by the ministry of state security said a terrorist group backed by the CIA and South Korea’s intelligence agency […]

Nigerian officials jailed for selling food aid

Nigerian officials jailed for selling food aid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of displaced people rely on food aid in Nigeria Two Nigerian officials have been jailed for selling food aid meant for people fleeing militant attacks and food shortages in the country’s north-east. The two sold 180 bags of rice donated by an international aid agency, the court in […]

Votes counted in Algeria parliamentary elections

Votes counted in Algeria parliamentary elections

Image copyright EPA Image caption First official results are expected on Friday morning Votes are being counted in parliamentary elections in Algeria. The ruling National Liberation Front (FNL) is expected to retain its majority despite deep economic problems and uncertainty over the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The 80-year-old leader voted from a wheelchair in […]

Somalia attack: Minister Abas Abdullahi Sheikh killed in Mogadishu

Somalia attack: Minister Abas Abdullahi Sheikh killed in Mogadishu

Image caption Abdullahi Sheikh Abas grew up in Dadaab refugee camp Somalia’s security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said. He was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, the officials added. The president has cut short his visit […]

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe second-most developed country in Africa

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe second-most developed country in Africa

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Robert Mugabe, 93, has governed Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa, President Robert Mugabe has said. He denied that the country was a fragile state. “We have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] – […]

French election: Macron and Le Pen both claim debate success

French election: Macron and Le Pen both claim debate success

Image copyright AFP Image caption The event’s moderators largely let events run their course without interference The two French presidential candidates have each claimed success in “exposing” their rival in the final TV debate ahead of Sunday’s second-round run-off. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen traded insults for more than two hours, […]

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Image copyright EPA Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government. Mr Hekmatyar, an Islamist warlord accused of numerous atrocities, leads Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group. Under the deal, he has agreed to accept the constitution and abandon violence. Some see […]

Dust storm chokes Beijing and northern China

Dust storm chokes Beijing and northern China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Beijing’s skyline could barely be made out amid the dust on Thursday morning A dust storm is choking a large swathe of northern China including the capital, Beijing, in yet another air quality crisis to affect the country. Official air quality readings have soared well above the recommended World Health […]

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