Merera Gudina, Ethiopia opposition leader, freed

Merera Gudina, Ethiopia opposition leader, freed

Image caption Huge crowds welcomed Mr Merera home Jailed Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been freed after more than a year in detention. The leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress was released on Wednesday morning and allowed to go home, where he was welcomed by thousands of people. He has been in prison since […]

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

Media captionSouth Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha: “We understand North Korea better than anybody” South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with “clear eyes” amid global warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear-arms programme. “We have to make the most” of the opportunity, South Korean Foreign […]

Guinea healer held over faking hundreds of pregnancies

Guinea healer held over faking hundreds of pregnancies

Image copyright Alhassan Sillah Image caption A traditional healer gave women medicines to make them look pregnant Police in Guinea say they have arrested a healer for conning hundreds of women into believing they were pregnant. N’na Fanta Camara gave women who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines […]

Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Cheyenne Antoine’s belt (L) is seen as she poses with victim Brittney Gargol A Canadian woman has been convicted of killing her friend after police discovered the murder weapon used in a picture of the pair on social media. Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to killing Brittney […]

South African lawyers demand $130m refund from firms

South African lawyers demand $130m refund from firms

Image copyright AFP Image caption South African officials are hoping to reclaim $130 million paid out by the state power company, Eskom. South African prosecutors have called for two consultancy firms to repay $130 million (£94.4 million) they earned from the state power company, Eskom. McKinsey, and a local firm called Trillian, were paid the […]

Family of H&M child model moved house ‘for security’

Family of H&M child model moved house ‘for security’

Image copyright H&M website The mother of the five-year-old H&M model caught up in a racism row has told the BBC her family has moved house in Sweden “for security reasons.” Last week, photos of Liam Mango modelling a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie went viral, with social media users accusing H&M of racism. […]

Nigeria releases Boko Haram suspects after rehabilitation

Nigeria releases Boko Haram suspects after rehabilitation

Image copyright AFP/Boko Haram Image caption Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the region Nigeria’s military says it has released 244 “repentant” Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation. The authorities say they have been de-radicalised and can re-enter society, but critics are sceptical about whether they have repented. The group, […]

Seven migrants found dead off shore of Lanzarote

Seven migrants found dead off shore of Lanzarote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Five men were found dead in a drifting inflatable boat near a beach resort Seven African migrants have died trying to reach the Spanish island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands police say. Five men were found dead in a drifting inflatable boat near a beach resort. Police said it appeared that […]

Venezuela helicopter attack: Pilot Oscar Pérez in bloody siege

Venezuela helicopter attack: Pilot Oscar Pérez in bloody siege

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Oscar Pérez was wanted for using a stolen helicopter to throw grenades at government buildings Two police officers and several “terrorists” have been killed in an operation to capture a helicopter pilot accused of leading an armed rebellion in Venezuela last year, officials say. Venezuelan forces surrounded a house in […]

Donald Trump takes on Dick Durbin over ‘racial slur’

Donald Trump takes on Dick Durbin over ‘racial slur’

Media captionTrump voters grade president’s first year President Donald Trump has said he was “totally misrepresented” by those saying he used the term “shithole” to describe African nations last week. Mr Trump also said the allegation was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants. The president was responding to a claim […]

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