US election: Obama urges Republicans to shun Trump

Media captionPresident Obama said Donald Trump was unfit to become president US President Barack Obama has urged senior Republicans to formally withdraw their endorsement of Donald Trump as their presidential candidate. At a rally in support of Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, Mr Obama said it didn’t make sense to denounce Mr Trump’s controversial remarks while […]

Kim Kardashian West sues over claims she faked robbery

Kim Kardashian West sues over claims she faked robbery

Image copyright AP Image caption Kim Kardashian West was robbed by armed men dressed as police officers in Paris last week US reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is suing a celebrity gossip website for claiming that she faked being the victim of a robbery in Paris last week. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for […]

Paris attacks: Lawyers for Salah Abdeslam ‘will not defend him’

Paris attacks: Lawyers for Salah Abdeslam ‘will not defend him’

Image copyright Belgian/French police Image caption Abdeslam was arrested in a dramatic raid in March not far from his home in Brussels Lawyers for the main suspect in last year’s Islamist attacks in Paris say they will no longer defend him. Salah Abdeslam will use his right to remain silent, one of the lawyers, Frank […]

SA finance chief to be tried for fraud

SA finance chief to be tried for fraud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The efforts of Pravin Gordhan (C) to rein in government spending have won him respect South Africa’s Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has received a summons to appear in court on charges of fraud. It relates to allegations of misconduct when he was in charge of the country’s tax collection […]

Africa ‘a priority’ as Merkel’s Germany aims to stem migration

Africa ‘a priority’ as Merkel’s Germany aims to stem migration

Image copyright EPA Image caption Chancellor Merkel told Germans that Africa’s wellbeing was “in Germany’s interest” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emphasised that Africa will be a priority when her country takes over the G20’s revolving presidency at the end of 2016. She was speaking in Ethiopia on the final stage of a tour, which […]

Ethiopia withdraws from Somalia el-Ali in Hiran region

Ethiopia withdraws from Somalia el-Ali in Hiran region

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia deployed its troops to Somalia to strengthen the weak UN-backed government Ethiopian troops fighting militant Islamist group al-Shabab have withdrawn from a key military base in central Somalia’s Hiran region, residents say. Al-Shabab fighters have taken control of el-Ali village following the withdrawal, the residents added. Ethiopian forces had […]

France burkini highest court suspends ban

France burkini highest court suspends ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A woman in a burkini in Marseille in southern France France’s highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast. The ban in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs […]

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Image copyright AP Image caption Resident carried what belongings they could take as they awaited evacuation Civilians and rebel fighters have begun leaving the Syrian town of Darayya after a deal was reached ending a four-year government siege. The first buses left the town, near the capital Damascus, accompanied by ambulances and Red Crescent vehicles. […]

Zimbabwe anti-Mugabe protest: Police fire tear gas

Zimbabwe anti-Mugabe protest: Police fire tear gas

Image copyright Anonymous Image caption Police fired teargas before the demonstration had started Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas and water cannon at opposition supporters who had gathered for a protest march in the capital, Harare. They have also beaten up people wearing red T-shirts, the colour of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change […]

Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pistorius was sentenced for murder in July South African state prosecutors have failed in their bid to challenge the six-year sentence for murder handed down to Oscar Pistorius. Prosecutors described the Paralympic athlete’s punishment for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 as “shockingly lenient”. At the hearing in Pretoria, […]