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to Somalia to strengthen the weak UN-backed government Ethiopian troops fighting militant Islamist group al-Shabab have withdrawn from a key military base in central Somalia’s Hiran region, residents say.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, […]

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Image copyright EPA Image caption A car bomb was detonated outside the restaurant before gunmen stormed in At least seven people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Police said a car bomb exploded outside the Banadir Beach Club in the Lido area and […]

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Image copyright @weskorir Image caption Wesley Korir tweeted images of the area where the athletes are staying Kenyan athletes are stranded in a Rio shanty town where gunshots can be heard, following the closure of the Olympic village, the team captain says. Officials delayed their return home as they looked for a “cheap flight”, said […]

Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller

Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller

Image copyright iStock Image caption The money was taken from a bank safe and swapped with fake notes A bank teller at Somalia’s central bank is on the run after allegedly stealing $530,000 (£402,000), the bank’s governor Bashir Issa Ali has said. Senior cashier Muhidin Mohamed Hassan was behind the scam to exchange US dollar […]