Could the next Messi come from Nigeria as Barcelona launches Lagos academy?

Media captionTraining the stars of the future in Lagos One of the world’s biggest and most successful clubs, Barcelona, is launching a football academy in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub. The academy, in Africa’s biggest city, is the first of its kind on the continent. It is modelled on Barcelona’s flagship La Masia Academy in Spain […]

‘Good vibration’ hand pumps boost Africa’s water security

‘Good vibration’ hand pumps boost Africa’s water security

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of people across Africa depend on hand pumps for their water supplies The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa. Growing demand for groundwater is putting pressure on the resource while researchers struggle to accurately […]

Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect ‘was paid $90 for baby oil prank’

Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect ‘was paid $90 for baby oil prank’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Siti Aisyah “met some people who looked Japanese or Korean”, Indonesian officials said An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) to carry out a prank. Indonesian embassy officials met Siti Aisyah, 25, on Saturday […]

Kim Jong-nam killing: ‘VX nerve agent’ found on his face

Media captionRupert Wingfield Hayes: Three reasons why the use of VX is so extraordinary Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia. Mr Kim died last week after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at a Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian toxicology reports […]

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish-backed rebels retook the centre of al-Bab on Thursday A car bomb has killed at least 41 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab, sources in the region and monitors say. The explosion destroyed a rebel security post in Sousian, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]

Turkey coup: 136 diplomats and relatives seek Germany asylum

Turkey coup: 136 diplomats and relatives seek Germany asylum

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Erdogan is pursuing alleged opponents both in Turkey and abroad Germany says it has received 136 asylum requests from Turks holding diplomatic passports since the July coup attempt against the Turkish president. The figure is a total for the period August 2016 to January 2017, German media report. […]

Iraqi forces enter IS-held neighbourhood in west Mosul

Media captionThe BBC’s Quentin Sommerville reports amid a fierce gun battle between Iraqi security forces and so-called IS fighters Iraqi forces have entered a neighbourhood in West Mosul for the first time since launching an operation to retake it from so-called Islamic State (IS) five days ago. It comes a day after troops retook the […]

South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria

South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria

Image caption Protesters marched to the Home Affairs Ministry to deliver a list of their complaints South African police have used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to try and disperse anti-immigrant protesters in the capital, Pretoria. A low-flying police helicopter has also been deployed amid a stand-off between local protesters and foreigners, with […]

East Libya bans travel for those aged between 18 and 45

East Libya bans travel for those aged between 18 and 45

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The crisis in Libya has led to many of its people attempting the dangerous sea crossing as refugees Eastern Libya has banned men and women between the ages of 18 and 45 from travelling abroad without permission. The region’s military chief of staff, Abdelrazzak Al-Naduri, said the aim of […]

South Africa plans drive against illegal foreign workers

South Africa plans drive against illegal foreign workers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nigerians were attacked in Pretoria at the weekend South African officials will inspect workplaces to see if firms are employing undocumented foreigners, the home affairs minister says. Malusi Gigaba added that more than 60 employees of retail chain Spar “without documentation” had been arrested. Mr Gigaba warned that firms would […]

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