Long queues as Ghanaians vote in tight presidential poll

Media captionThe BBC’s Salim Kikeke has been to a polling station in the north of the capital Accra There are long queues at polling stations in Ghana amid a tight election race between President John Mahama and veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo. All seven candidates have pledged to keep the process peaceful but an […]

Ghana elections: Polls to open after peace pact

Ghana elections: Polls to open after peace pact

Image copyright EPA Image caption People in Accra pose in support of Ghana’s leading election candidates Polls are due to open in Ghana’s presidential election, after all seven candidates aligned behind a pledge to keep the process peaceful. An opposition supporter died after a campaign rally turned violent, police confirmed on Tuesday. The leading candidates […]

Hammarskjold death: UN asked to launch fresh inquiry

Hammarskjold death: UN asked to launch fresh inquiry

Image copyright AP Image caption Dag Hammarskjold was trying to mediate between Congo’s Soviet-backed government and a breakaway province A resolution is being presented to the UN General Assembly asking for a special investigator to look into the 1961 plane crash that killed then UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold. The plane went down over what […]

LRA commander Dominic Ongwen pleads not guilty to war crimes at ICC

LRA commander Dominic Ongwen pleads not guilty to war crimes at ICC

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Ongwen is accused of leading attacks on camps for internally displaced people The first former child soldier to appear at the International Criminal Court has pleaded not guilty and told judges he was a victim too. Lords Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen said the LRA was responsible and […]

LRA commander Dominic Ongwen goes on trial at ICC

LRA commander Dominic Ongwen goes on trial at ICC

Image copyright ICC Image caption Mr Ongwen is accused of leading attacks on camps for internally displaced people The trial of the first Lords Resistance Army commander to appear before the International Criminal Court is under way in The Hague. Dominic Ongwen is also the first child soldier to be tried by the ICC. He […]

DR Congo: Ethnic clashes leave 31 dead

DR Congo: Ethnic clashes leave 31 dead

At least 31 people died in clashes between ethnic militia and security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the weekend, officials say. They say the violence in the central Kasai province was sparked by a row between an uncle and a nephew over the title of a traditional chief. Deputy Governor Hubert Mbingho […]

Five African countries ban ‘dirty fuels’ from Europe

Five African countries ban ‘dirty fuels’ from Europe

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sulphur particles in diesel emissions have been linked to a range of health problems Five countries in West Africa have decided to stop importing “dirty fuels” from Europe, the UN Environment Programme says. A recent report revealed that European companies were exploiting weak regulations in West Africa to export fuels […]

Five African countries ban ‘dirty fuels’ from Europe

Five African countries ban ‘dirty fuels’ from Europe

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sulphur particles in diesel emissions have been linked to a range of health problems Five countries in West Africa have decided to stop importing “dirty fuels” from Europe, the UN Environment Programme says. A recent report revealed that European companies were exploiting weak regulations in West Africa to export fuels […]

Gambia opposition leader Ousainou Darboe freed on bail

Gambia opposition leader Ousainou Darboe freed on bail

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ousainou Darboe (R) was due to serve a three-year prison term (file picture) A Gambian opposition leader, who had been thrown in jail for taking part in a protest, has been released on bail. Ousainou Darboe has been freed along with 18 other detainees, just days after president Yahya Jammeh […]

Nairobi striking doctors tear-gassed as patients ‘walk out’

Nairobi striking doctors tear-gassed as patients ‘walk out’

Image caption The doctors’ union said not even emergency care would be provided Police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of doctors striking in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The medics, wearing white gowns and surgical caps, were demanding the government honour a 2013 deal to increase salaries. Dozens of mental health patients were said […]