Zimbabwe aide: I feared Robert Mugabe lynching

Zimbabwe aide: I feared Robert Mugabe lynching

Image copyright AFP Image caption Robert Mugabe wanted “to go on his own terms”, his former spokesman has said. An aide to Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Mugabe, has said he feared civilians could “drag out and lynch” the leader in a “Libyan scenario”. During Mr Mugabe’s last week in office, he was under house arrest […]

Police use tear gas on protesters in Tunisia, reports say

Police use tear gas on protesters in Tunisia, reports say

Media captionThe government is seeking to calm days of unrest Police in Tunisia are reported to have fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of youths protesting against new austerity measures. A Reuters witness said young people aged around 20 were throwing stones at police vehicles and setting fire to tyres. The clash happened in […]

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Liberia’s president expelled from her party

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Liberia’s president expelled from her party

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been president since 2006 Liberia’s outgoing president has been expelled from her own party, for allegedly failing to support its candidate to succeed her. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is accused of encouraging people to vote against her vice-president, Joseph Boakai. Former footballer George Weah won the […]

H&M stores in South Africa trashed over ‘racist’ hoodie

H&M stores in South Africa trashed over ‘racist’ hoodie

Image copyright WIKUS DE WET/AFP/Getty Images Image caption South Africa’s EFF party organised store takeovers at several H&M outlets South African police have used rubber bullets to disperse a mob trashing H&M stores in and around Johannesburg, after the brand used a controversial picture of a black child. The protests were organised by the radical […]

South Africa’s ANC leader Ramaphosa urges unity as Zuma booed

South Africa’s ANC leader Ramaphosa urges unity as Zuma booed

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Ramaphosa’s speech in East London targeted corruption and the economy Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of South Africa’s ruling ANC, has said the party must address the “dysfunction” in its ranks and unite at all levels. Mr Ramaphosa told a large rally in the south-eastern city East London that […]

Donald Trump must apologise for comments – African Union

Donald Trump must apologise for comments – African Union

Media caption‘Mr President, are you a racist?’ The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent “shitholes”. The African Union mission in Washington DC expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. The US leader made the alleged […]

Jakarta stock exchange ceiling collapses

Jakarta stock exchange ceiling collapses

An internal ceiling has collapsed at the Jakarta stock exchange building (IDX), with reports of injuries. Images circulating on social media show pieces of ceiling and broken furniture in the lobby of the building amid clouds of dust. It remains unclear how many people have been injured or what caused the collapse. The area has […]

North and South Korea discuss sending art troupe to Winter Olympics

North and South Korea discuss sending art troupe to Winter Olympics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Athletes, cheerleaders and an art troupe are expected to be part of the North’s delegation at the Olympics North and South Korea are holding further talks on the North’s plan to attend the Winter Olympics Games. North Korea agreed last week to send a delegation to the Games in […]

Baghdad double suicide attack kills many

Baghdad double suicide attack kills many

At least 16 people have been killed in a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials say, the second attack in three days. Dozens more were injured in the attack in Tayaran Square in the city centre. Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks since so-called Islamic State took over large […]

US plan is ‘slap of the century’, says Abbas

US plan is ‘slap of the century’, says Abbas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Abbas (centre) spoke for two hours Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has described US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century”. At a meeting of Palestinian leaders, he stressed he would not accept any peace plan from the US after it recognised Jerusalem as […]