Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Media captionPeople are angry, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience from outside Freetown’s mortuary Mass burials are being held on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown for the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding. President Ernest Bai Koroma is expected to join Christian and Muslim religious leaders for a […]

Nigeria violence: Female suicide bombers kill 27

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Nigerian army has failed to stop violence by militants in Maiduguri Three female suicide bombers have carried out an attack that has killed at least 27 people in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say. Dozens were injured when the women blew themselves up outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno […]

Grace Mugabe back from SA despite assault claim

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has returned home from South Africa after failing to turn herself in to police in Johannesburg to face accusations of assault, officials say. It was not immediately clear why Mrs Mugabe did not report […]

Sierra Leone mudslides: Urgent plea for help as death toll rises

Media captionSierra Leone mudslides: Rescue and recovery operation in Freetown Sierra Leone needs “urgent support” for thousands of people hit by mudslides and massive flooding in the capital, the country’s president says. Ernest Bai Koroma said entire communities had been wiped out and that the “devastation was overwhelming us”. Nearly 400 people have been killed […]

Archaeologists discover three ancient tombs in Egypt

Image copyright AFP Image caption A sarcophagus from one of the three tombs found at burial grounds south of Cairo Archaeologists have discovered three tombs that date back around 2,000 years in southern Egypt. They were found in burial grounds in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo. The tombs contained a […]

Sierra Leone mudslides: Desperate dig for Freetown survivors

Image copyright EPA Image caption The search for survivors and bodies was due to start again on Tuesday morning The desperate dig for survivors is resuming in Sierra Leone’s capital, after mudslides and floods claimed the lives of more than 300 people. Their homes in Freetown were engulfed after part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed […]

Deadly attack targets UN mission in Timbuktu, Mali

Image copyright Minusma/Marco Dormino Image caption UN troops have been trying to stabilise Mali since 2013 Gunmen have attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in the city of Timbuktu in northern Mali, killing seven people. Five of those who died were Malian security guards. The Malian military said the assault had been repulsed and four […]

Gun rampage at Burkina Faso cafe kills 18

Media captionGunmen attacked customers outside a restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou Gunmen have shot dead 18 people and injured others at a cafe in the centre of of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. At least eight foreigners and seven locals were among those killed in Sunday’s evening attack on the Aziz […]

Kenya election: Raila Odinga’s strike call mostly ignored

Image caption Many people say they cannot afford to heed the call for a strike Many Kenyans have ignored opposition leader Raila Odinga’s call for a strike over disputed elections. In the capital Nairobi and other cities, many shops remain open. At least 24 people have been killed in violence since the 8 August election, […]

Burkina Faso terror attack kills 20, government says

Media captionGunmen attacked customers outside a restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou Twenty people have been killed and a number wounded in a “terrorist attack” in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. Gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a restaurant, witnesses said. One Turkish citizen died but other nationalities […]