Chibok schoolgirls: Group ‘freed’ in Nigeria

Chibok schoolgirls: Group ‘freed’ in Nigeria

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram has shown some of those kidnapped on its propaganda videos Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been freed, a senior Nigerian government official has told the BBC. The official wanted to remain anonymous and the government has not issued a statement. Previous reports of […]

Sweet potato Vitamin A research wins World Food Prize

Sweet potato Vitamin A research wins World Food Prize

Image copyright S.Quinn/CIP Image caption The orange-fleshed sweet potato provide a valuable source of calories and nutrients for millions of people Four scientists have been awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for enriching sweet potatoes, which resulted in health benefits for millions of people. They won the prize for “the single most example of biofortification”, […]

Nigeria deadly clashes at banned Shia march

Nigeria deadly clashes at banned Shia march

Image copyright IHRC Image caption People were caught in clashes in Funtua when troops tried to stop the outlawed procession At least 11 people have died in clashes in northern Nigeria as Shia Muslims mark an important religious event. Ashura day gatherings, which commemorate the killing of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, were banned […]

Ivorian defender ‘saves life’ of Mali player

Ivorian defender ‘saves life’ of Mali player

Aurier (middle) reacted quickly after Doumbia (Mali’s number 12, on the right) collapsed following an aerial challenge Paris Saint-Germain and Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been praised after “saving the life” of Mali forward Moussa Doumbia on Saturday. After Doumbia was knocked unconscious in a challenge with Sunderland’s Lamine Kone, Aurier intervened to stop […]

Ivorian defender ‘saves life’ of Mali player

Ivorian defender ‘saves life’ of Mali player

Aurier (middle) reacted quickly after Doumbia (Mali’s number 12, on the right) collapsed following an aerial challenge Paris Saint-Germain and Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been praised after “saving the life” of Mali forward Moussa Doumbia on Saturday. After Doumbia was knocked unconscious in a challenge with Sunderland’s Lamine Kone, Aurier intervened to stop […]

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 […]