Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019


Sharp rise in South Africa murder and sex offences

Sexual offences and murder rates have risen significantly in South Africa over the past year, according to new official crime figures. Murders recorded by the police have been rising every year for the last decade, and sexual offences including rape have risen 4.6% this year. The release of the figures comes amid growing concern about […]

‘I was raped, now I fear for my daughters’

South Africans have been outraged by a spate of gruesome rapes and murders of women in recent weeks – including that of a schoolgirl who reportedly had her head staved in, and a university student who was bludgeoned to death. The rapes and murders have led to street protests, the #AmINext campaign on Twitter, and […]

Morocco pardons reporter jailed on abortion charge

A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in jail for premarital sex and having an abortion has been pardoned by King Mohammed VI, officials say. The justice ministry said the king’s intervention in the high-profile case was “an act of compassion and mercy”. Journalist Hajar Raissouni, 28, made a victory sign as she left a […]

Follow the ‘yellow-brick road’ – in Ghana

If you follow the yellow-brick road in Ghana, it does not take you to the Land of Oz’s Emerald City, but rather to La – a district in the capital Accra. This is where artist Serge Attukwei Clottey periodically carpets the dusty streets with giant yellow plastic tapestries. Clottey told the BBC his work is […]

South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma faces court on corruption charges

PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (AFP) – South Africa’s embattled former president Jacob Zuma is expected in court on corruption charges on Tuesday (Oct 15), in what would be the first time he faces trial for graft despite multiple accusations. Zuma stands accused of taking kickbacks before he became president from a 51 billion rand (S$4.71 billion) […]

Retired academic wins Tunisia election – exit poll

Retired academic Kais Saied is set to become president of Tunisia, exit polls suggest. The poll said the law professor, 61, had secured 76% of votes. No official results have yet been published. He was up against media mogul Nabil Karoui, 56, who campaigned from prison after being arrested on charges of money laundering and […]

Deadly attack on Burkina Faso mosque

At least 15 people have been killed and two seriously injured in an attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen entered the Grand Mosque in the village of Salmossi on Friday evening as those inside were praying. The attack prompted many locals to flee the village which is close to the Malian border. […]

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made peace last year with bitter foe Eritrea. He was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”. Mr Abiy’s peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. He was […]

‘Elite police’ shot dead Mozambique poll observer

A group of elite Mozambican policemen have been implicated in the shooting of a prominent poll observer just days ahead of elections. Anastacio Matavel was shot dead as he left an election training session in the southern Gaza province on Monday. Five men armed with assault rifles shot Mr Matavel 10 times before fleeing in […]

Nigeria introduces anti-sexual harassment bill

The Nigerian senate has introduced a bill that aims to prevent the sexual harassment of university students. The proposed legislation follows a BBC investigation that uncovered alleged sexual misconduct by lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana. The senate’s deputy president said he hoped the BBC’s investigation would help energise support for the bill. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege […]