Colombia extends Farc ceasefire amid talks to save peace deal

Colombia extends Farc ceasefire amid talks to save peace deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption “Agreement now” reads a banner carried during a rally for peace in Cali, Colombia Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has extended a ceasefire with Farc rebels until the end of the year to give more time to save a peace deal. The accord, signed with the left-wing rebel group last […]

Nigeria’s President Buhari warned by first lady

Nigeria’s President Buhari warned by first lady

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to tackle the rampant official corruption Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife has warned him that she may not back him at the next election unless he shakes up his government. In a BBC interview, Aisha Buhari said the president “does not know” most of […]

Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram deal

Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram has shown some of those kidnapped on its propaganda videos Twenty-one of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, have been freed, the president’s spokesman has confirmed. Garba Shehu said the release was “the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants”. A […]

Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram deal

Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram has shown some of those kidnapped on its propaganda videos Twenty-one of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, have been freed, the president’s spokesman has confirmed. Garba Shehu said the release was “the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants”. A […]

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma seeks to block graft probe

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma seeks to block graft probe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jacob Zuma’s administration has been dogged by corruption allegations in recent months South African President Jacob Zuma has taken steps to prevent the release of a report into the alleged political interference by him and his supporters. The public protector is due to release her preliminary findings on Friday. She […]

Burkina Faso ‘wants France to release Sankara archives’

Burkina Faso ‘wants France to release Sankara archives’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thomas Sankara had a confrontational relationship with then-French President Francois Mitterand Burkina Faso has asked France to declassify military documents about the killing of ex-president Thomas Sankara, a lawyer for his family has said. A judge had made the request because efforts to get them through “political channels” had failed, […]

Burkina Faso ‘wants France to release Sankara archives’

Burkina Faso ‘wants France to release Sankara archives’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thomas Sankara had a confrontational relationship with then-French President Francois Mitterand Burkina Faso has asked France to declassify military documents about the killing of ex-president Thomas Sankara, a lawyer for his family has said. A judge had made the request because efforts to get them through “political channels” had failed, […]

Chibok schoolgirls ‘swapped for Boko Haram militants’

Chibok schoolgirls ‘swapped for Boko Haram militants’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram has shown some of those kidnapped on its propaganda videos Twenty-one of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, have been freed, the president’s spokesman has confirmed. Garba Shehu said the release was “the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants”. Four […]

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”, […]