#SocialMediaBlackout: South Africans tweet despite boycott call

#SocialMediaBlackout: South Africans tweet despite boycott call

Image copyright Getty Images/Twitter A call for South Africans to boycott social media for a day to protest against high data costs has ironically seen #SocialMediaBlackout trend. Musician and activist Ntsiki Mazwai had urged South Africans to log off and not buy data to pressure mobile providers. Discontent over internet service charges in the country […]

Angolan capital ‘most expensive city for expats’

Angolan capital ‘most expensive city for expats’

Image copyright AFP Image caption A political protest in June by supporters of the opposition UNITA movement in Luanda Luanda, the capital of Angola, has regained top spot as the world’s most expensive city for expats, pushing Hong Kong back into second place. The claim is made in the 23rd annual cost-of-living survey carried out […]

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN has called for an investigation into the violence, which has left millions displaced More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by Reuters, is from Church sources […]

CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption UN peacekeepers run regular patrols in Bria At least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying […]

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN has called for an investigation into the violence, which has left millions displaced More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by Reuters, is from Church sources […]

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN has called for an investigation into the violence, which has left millions displaced More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by Reuters, is from Church sources […]

Otto Warmbier, US student sent home from North Korea, dies

Otto Warmbier, US student sent home from North Korea, dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Otto Warmbier’s parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son The American student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died, his family says. Otto Warmbier, 22, returned to the US last Tuesday, […]

Champs-Elysees attack car ‘had guns and gas’ – Paris police

Champs-Elysees attack car ‘had guns and gas’ – Paris police

Media captionArmed police placed a security cordon at the Champs-Élysées A car deliberately hit a police van before bursting into flames on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in central Paris, police officials say. The driver, who was on a security watchlist, died in the incident. Police found a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles in the […]

Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

Image caption Abas Abdullahi Siraji was Somalia’s youngest-ever cabinet minister The Somali soldier who shot dead the country’s youngest-ever cabinet minister last month has been sentenced to death by firing squad. Abas Abdullahi Siraji was in his car near the presidential palace in Mogadishu when he was killed by Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi, who reportedly mistook […]

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of displaced people rely on food aid in Nigeria Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says. It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for […]