South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zuma has been implicated in corruption scandals but has survived previous votes of no-confidence South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a […]

Kenya’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government

Kenya’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government

Image copyright AFP Image caption All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads (stock picture) All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads, the government has said. It is hoped the move will improve access to education in a country where many cannot afford sanitary products like pads and tampons. The high cost […]

South Africa’s Robben Island to cull 400 deer

South Africa’s Robben Island to cull 400 deer

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa’s Robben Island is home to a number of animal species including deer, antelope and rabbits South Africa’s Robben Island will cull 400 fallow deer which have overrun the island, officials have told the BBC. The venison will be distributed to staff on the island‚ as well as to […]

Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations

Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN mission in CAR has been plagued by allegations of sexual abuse Congo-Brazzaville is to withdraw more than 600 troops serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) following claims of sexual abuse, the UN says. A review of the Congolese deployment pointed to “systemic problems”, a statement […]

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Image copyright Iraqi Joint Operation Command Image caption The Iraqi military provided this image showing the destruction at the mosque compound So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The ancient landmark with its famous leaning minaret was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a […]

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Media captionNato jet ‘approaches’ Russian minister’s plane A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato […]

George Clooney’s tequila firm Casamigos sells for $1bn

George Clooney’s tequila firm Casamigos sells for $1bn

Image copyright Casamigos Image caption Clooney (right) and friends say Casamigos was born from tequila-filled nights It’s celebration time for George Clooney, after the tequila company he co-founded was sold to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth $1bn (£790m). The deal comes at a busy time for the Hollywood actor, as his wife Amal […]

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Image copyright EPA Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaces prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

US official: Russia ‘hacked’ 21 US states in election

US official: Russia ‘hacked’ 21 US states in election

Image copyright Getty Images Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year’s campaign, said a US official. Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to identify the states during her testimony before a Senate panel, citing confidentiality agreements. But she added there was no evidence to suggest actual […]

South Sudan no longer in famine

South Sudan no longer in famine

Image copyright ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN Image caption There has been an increase in humanitarian assistance since famine was declares in February South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine following an increase in aid, a UN-backed report says. However, the report warns that the situation remains desperate as the number of people at […]

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