DR Congo stability at extreme risk, UN warned

DR Congo stability at extreme risk, UN warned

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Opposition supporters are staging angry protests in Kinshasa The Democratic Republic of Congo is at “extreme risk” of descending into widespread violence, the UN Security Council has been warned. UN envoy Maman Sidikou said threats to the 18,000-strong peacekeeping mission there outstripped its capabilities. Violent protests have broken out over […]

Ivory Coast parliament approves new constitution draft

Ivory Coast parliament approves new constitution draft

Image copyright AFP Image caption Critics say changes will help Mr Ouattara to stay in the presidency Ivory Coast’s parliament has approved the draft of a new constitution that removes age limits and erases nationality rules for the presidency. Backed by President Alassane Ouattara, the text scraps the requirement that both parents of presidential candidates […]

Nigerian Muslim cleric warns against gender equality

Nigerian Muslim cleric warns against gender equality

Image copyright FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR Image caption The bill proposes to end discrimination against women A prominent Muslim cleric in Nigeria has warned Muslim lawmakers that they will be condemned as “unbelievers” if they back a new gender equality bill. The bill proposes that men and women inherit an equal share, violating the Koran, Sheikh Isyaka […]

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 […]