Zanzibar arrests 20 over homosexuality

Zanzibar arrests 20 over homosexuality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Tanzania, gay male sex is punishable by up to 30 years in jail Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, police say. The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids […]

Rugby Championship: New Zealand in record win over South Africa

Rugby Championship: New Zealand in record win over South Africa

The All Blacks scored four tries in each half at North Harbour Stadium World champions New Zealand ran in eight tries as they thumped South Africa 57-0 in Auckland, their biggest winning margin against the Springboks. Victory extended their lead in the four-team Rugby Championship to eight points with two matches remaining. The All Blacks […]

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions?

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions?

Image caption At least 30,000 people have fled their homes Thousands of people have fled Ethiopia’s Somali region following deadly clashes in recent days between ethnic Somalis and Oromos. The BBC’s Kalkidan Yibeltal looks at the cause of the conflict and whether it can be stopped. Dozens of people are reported to have died in […]

Award-winning Sampha thanks Sierra Leone parents

Award-winning Sampha thanks Sierra Leone parents

Media captionSampha said it ‘felt like dreaming’ to win the award Soul singer Sampha has been awarded the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for his mournful and intimate album, Process. The singer, who for a long time was better known as a guest vocalist on other people’s records, beat Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to win the […]

Libya-IRA reparations fund call rejected

Libya-IRA reparations fund call rejected

Image caption Libya supplied the plastic explosive Semtex to the IRA during the Troubles The government has rejected a call for a UK reparations fund for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA attacks. The fund was originally suggested by a cross-party group of MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. They have described the government’s response as […]

Sampha wins Mercury Prize for his debut album, Process

Sampha wins Mercury Prize for his debut album, Process

Media caption‘Winning the Mercury is like a dream,’ Sampha tells BBC 6 Music Soul singer Sampha has been awarded the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for his mournful and intimate album, Process. The singer, who for a long time was better known as a guest vocalist on other people’s records, beat Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to […]

Celebrations as Nigeria’s ‘Chibok girls’ reunited with families

Celebrations as Nigeria’s ‘Chibok girls’ reunited with families

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The girls were reunited with their families at a party in the capital Abuja More than 100 “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram have been reunited with their families and will soon return to school. Now young women, they were among 276 girls kidnapped by Islamist militants in 2014, […]

South Africa student fights to keep thesis during robbery

South Africa student fights to keep thesis during robbery

Media captionMs Ntusi was attacked as she returned from work The prospect of losing the only copy of her master’s thesis during a robbery was just too much for one South African student to bear. Noxolo Ntusi, 26, grappled with armed attackers to hold on to it during the incident in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “There’s […]

Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech

Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Kenyatta had dared the opposition to skip the opening of parliament Opposition MPs in Kenya have boycotted the opening of the new parliament to protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to address it after a court annulled his election win. They say that parliament should not have been convened […]

Bell Pottinger collapses after South African scandal

Bell Pottinger collapses after South African scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bell Pottinger is based in Holborn, central London Bell Pottinger has collapsed into administration in the UK after running a racially charged PR campaign in South Africa. The troubled public relations firm put itself up for sale last week, but could not find a buyer. The administrators BDO said the […]