Africa gets its own web address with launch of .africa

Africa gets its own web address with launch of .africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption The African Union hopes .africa will create a unique online identity for the continent Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union. AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa […]

UAE releases ‘unlawful sex’ couple and drops charges

UAE releases ‘unlawful sex’ couple and drops charges

Image copyright Culverwell family Image caption Iryna Nohai and Emlyn Culverwell met while working in the UAE A couple jailed for a month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over “unlawful sex” have been released and the charges against them dropped. Ukrainian Iryna Nohai and her South African fiance Emlyn Culverwell were arrested in Abu […]

Nigeria leader Buhari back home ‘to rest’ after medical leave

Media captionNigeria’s President Buhari arrives home after medical leave in London. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will “continue to rest” after returning home from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK. Speaking to dignitaries in the capital, Abuja, he said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will remain in charge. The 74-year-old flew into an […]

Nigeria leader returns home after leave

Nigeria leader returns home after leave

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns home after long medical leave in UK and speculation over his condition This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet […]

Apo Six murders: Nigeria sentences two policemen to death

Apo Six murders: Nigeria sentences two policemen to death

Image caption The victims were murdered in June 2005 Two former policemen in Nigeria have been sentenced to death over the most infamous case of extrajudicial killing in the country’s modern history. Ezekiel Achejene and Emmanuel Baba were convicted of murdering two of the Apo Six – six young civilians who were shot dead in […]

Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar

Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar

Image copyright AP Image caption Trees were lashed by strong winds in Sambava Five people are now known to have died in Madagascar from a cyclone that made landfall in the north-east of the island on Tuesday, officials say. About 10,000 people have had to leave their homes because of damage from Cyclone Enawo. Power […]

IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault

IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault

Image copyright Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/US Marine Corps Image caption The Marines will reportedly set up an artillery battery including M777 Howitzers The US has sent several hundred Marines to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. Defence officials told the Washington Post they would establish an […]

Poland threatens ‘whole EU summit’ over Tusk vote

Poland threatens ‘whole EU summit’ over Tusk vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says Mr Tusk has “violated multiple times his European mandate” Poland has threatened to derail Thursday’s EU summit as it attempts to block the re-election of Donald Tusk as president of the European Council. Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Poland would “do everything” to prevent […]

Australia officers disciplined for using counter-terror boat on surf trip

Australia officers disciplined for using counter-terror boat on surf trip

Two Australian police officers have been disciplined after they used a counter-terror boat on a surf trip, reports say. The pair were taking part in a training exercise on Swan Island, south-east Australia, last week. They used the vessel to reach Corsair Rock, a remote spot popular with surfers. The officers have not been identified. […]

‘Justin Bieber impostor’ on 931 child sex-related charges

‘Justin Bieber impostor’ on 931 child sex-related charges

Image copyright AP Image caption Justin Bieber in concert A man who posed as Justin Bieber online has been charged with more than 900 child sex-related crimes in Australia. The man, 42, masqueraded as the Canadian singer to gain explicit images from children, Queensland Police said. He was charged with 931 crimes, including three of […]