Etienne Tshisekedi: DR Congo mourns opposition leader

Etienne Tshisekedi: DR Congo mourns opposition leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Etienne Tshisekedi was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders Supporters of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s veteran opposition leader, have gathered in the capital, Kinshasa, to express their shock at his death. A prominent opponent of successive leaders, he was due to head a transitional council under […]

Afcon 2017: Egypt beat Burkina Faso on penalties to reach final

Afcon 2017: Egypt beat Burkina Faso on penalties to reach final

Goalkeeper Essam El Hadary saved two penalties Egypt reached a record-equalling ninth Africa Cup of Nations final, beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary proved Egypt’s hero, saving Bertrand Traore’s spot-kick to secure victory. In normal time Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Egypt when he curled […]

DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies aged 84

DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies aged 84

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tshisekedi was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders DR Congo’s main opposition leader has died in Brussels aged 84, reports say. Etienne Tshisekedi, one of the country’s most important advocates of democracy, was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders. The party he helped found in 1982, the […]

Trump cabinet: Rex Tillerson confirmed as top US diplomat

Trump cabinet: Rex Tillerson confirmed as top US diplomat

Image copyright Getty Images Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, has been confirmed by the US Senate to become President Donald Trump’s secretary of state. The Texas native, 64, was cleared for full Senate approval in a 56-43 vote. The vote came after Senate Republicans changed the rules in order to […]

Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire detained on return

Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire detained on return

Image copyright AP Image caption Pastor Evan Mawarire used the Zimbabwe flag to rally for change A Zimbabwean pastor who criticised his government has been detained after flying back to the country. Evan Mawarire, who left the country last year in fear for his life, was arrested at Harare International Airport. The BBC’s Shingai Nyoka […]

Burkina Faso v Egypt

Burkina Faso v Egypt

BBC coverage How to follow: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; text commentary on the BBC Sport website Live Text Attempt missed. Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick. Ahmed Fathy (Egypt) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. […]

Nigerian patient runs up £330,000 bill

Nigerian patient runs up £330,000 bill

Image caption Priscilla was taken ill on a flight from America to Nigeria and woke up in St Mary’s hospital A Nigerian woman has run up a £330,000 bill for NHS treatment after she gave birth prematurely to quadruplets in a London hospital. The woman was taken ill on a flight from the US to […]

South African ‘shambles’ claims lives of 93 mentally ill patients in Gauteng

South African ‘shambles’ claims lives of 93 mentally ill patients in Gauteng

Image caption The investigation was prompted by complaints from families searching for their relatives Nearly 100 mentally ill patients have died of starvation, dehydration and diarrhoea at care centres in South Africa, the health ombudsman has said. The deaths occurred between March and December 2016 following a “reckless” attempt by the government to save money, […]

African Union backs mass withdrawal from ICC

African Union backs mass withdrawal from ICC

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Africa has 34 signatories to the Rome Statute, the treaty that set up the court The African Union has called for the mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, the resolution is non-binding, with Nigeria and Senegal opposing a withdrawal. South Africa and Burundi […]

Oscar Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel joins Afriforum

Oscar Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel joins Afriforum

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gerrie Nel: Gained reputation as a ruthless and merciless prosecutor The South African lawyer who led the prosecution of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has resigned to join a group championing the rights of white minorities. Gerrie Nel joined AfriForum which says it aims to protect the rights of white Afrikaners. He […]

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