CAR violence: Clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption UN peacekeepers run regular patrols in Bria Fighting has broken out in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. Aid agency MSF says at least 35 people were wounded in Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, while the mayor told […]

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN has called for an investigation into the violence, which has left millions displaced More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by Reuters, is from Church sources […]

Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

Image caption Abas Abdullahi Siraji was Somalia’s youngest-ever cabinet minister The Somali soldier who shot dead the country’s youngest-ever cabinet minister last month has been sentenced to death by firing squad. Abas Abdullahi Siraji was in his car near the presidential palace in Mogadishu when he was killed by Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi, who reportedly mistook […]

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of displaced people rely on food aid in Nigeria Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says. It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for […]

Mali attack: Two EU staff killed at tourist resort

Media captionA fire burns in the forest surrounding the resort Two EU staff were killed when gunmen stormed a tourist resort in Mali on Sunday, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief has said. One victim was a Portuguese soldier while the other was a Malian woman, Federica Mogherini added. Mali’s security minister said on Sunday that […]

UN refugee agency: Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrians fleeing conflict account for 12 million of the world’s displaced people A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to […]

France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmanuel Macron was seen voting earlier in Le Touquet French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority, results show, weeks after his own presidential victory. With nearly all votes counted, his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat […]

USS Fitzgerald: Sailors killed in collision off Japan’s coast named

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The warship has since been towed to the US naval base in Yokosuka The US Navy has identified seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a container ship in Japanese waters on Saturday. The sailors were found in flooded berths onboard the USS Fitzgerald, said a statement […]

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort

Image copyright Lecampement.com Image caption Mali’s government has said it suspects jihadists are behind the resort attack Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said. “It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and about 20 hostages have been released,” […]

The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote is held in Abidjan

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Ivorian football star Cheick Tiote during his funeral ceremony in Abidjan. The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote was held in Abidjan on Sunday following his sudden death in China earlier this month. Tiote died aged 30 after collapsing during training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. The former Newcastle […]