Defeated Mahama ‘refused permission’ to keep official residence

Defeated Mahama ‘refused permission’ to keep official residence

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Refusing to budge – Mr Mahama accepted election defeat but won’t give up the house Ghana’s former President John Mahama has not been given permission to stay in the house he occupied while in office, an official says. Mr Mahama’s failure to vacate the house when his term ended on […]

Jammeh’s Gambia election challenge postponed until May

Jammeh’s Gambia election challenge postponed until May

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yahya Jammeh has governed The Gambia for 22 years The Gambia’s Supreme Court is unable to hear the petition seeking to annul last month’s election until May, chief justice Emmanuel Fagbenle says. The Nigerian judge due to oversee the seven-member panel was not available till then, he said. Longstanding ruler […]

Uganda’s Museveni promotes son to special adviser role

Uganda’s Museveni promotes son to special adviser role

Image copyright AFP Image caption Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 42, was promoted from brigadier to major general last year Uganda’s leader Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of army commanders. Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military, fuelling speculation that he is being groomed […]

World Cup: Fifa to expand competition to 48 teams after vote

World Cup: Fifa to expand competition to 48 teams after vote

Fifa president Gianni Infantino had said the World Cup had to be “more inclusive” The World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, Fifa has decided. An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the […]

Hiddleston sorry for S Sudan anecdote

Hiddleston sorry for S Sudan anecdote

Image copyright NBC Image caption Hiddleston’s award was one of three Golden Globes won by The Night Manager Actor Tom Hiddleston has apologised for his much-criticised acceptance speech at the Golden Globe awards, admitting it was “inelegantly expressed”. “I was very nervous and my words just came out wrong,” he wrote on Facebook. The Night […]

Ivory Coast mutiny: President Ouattara dismisses security chiefs

Ivory Coast mutiny: President Ouattara dismisses security chiefs

Image copyright AFP Image caption The mutiny began with disaffected soldiers in the central city of Bouake Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has dismissed the heads of the army, police and paramilitary gendarmes following a two-day army mutiny that paralysed the country. Disgruntled soldiers mutinied in the city of Bouake on Friday, with troops in […]

Gambian minister ‘quits in protest’ amid political impasse

Gambian minister ‘quits in protest’ amid political impasse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption West African leaders have been trying to convince Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (centre) to step down Gambian information minister Sheriff Bojang has resigned to protest President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, reports say. Efforts to contest the results were “an attempt to subvert the […]

Tunisia beach attack: ‘Mastermind’ named

Media captionIs Chamseddine al-Sandi the “mastermind”? Panorama investigates A BBC investigation has identified the man accused of organising the terror attack on a beach that killed 38 people in Tunisia. Chamseddine al-Sandi is described as the “mastermind” behind the attack in documents obtained by Panorama. He is named in confessions from suspects who were arrested […]

Tunisia beach attack: ‘Mastermind’ named

Tunisia beach attack: ‘Mastermind’ named

A BBC investigation has identified the man accused of organising the terror attack on a beach that killed 38 people in Tunisia. Chamseddine al-Sandi is described as the “mastermind” behind the attack in documents obtained by Panorama. He is named in confessions from suspects who were arrested in connection with the shootings. Seifeddine Rezgui opened […]

Storm fells famous ‘drive-through’ tree

Storm fells famous ‘drive-through’ tree

Image copyright Calaveras Big Trees State Park Image caption The giant sequoia, which was carved into a living tunnel over a century ago, has fallen Storms in California have toppled one of America’s most famous trees – the Pioneer Cabin Tree. The giant sequoia was known for having a hole cut through its trunk – […]

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