Zambia opposition MPs suspended after missing president’s speech

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is facing treason charges Forty-eight Zambian MPs from the opposition UPND have been suspended for 30 days for boycotting President Edgar Lungu’s state of the nation address. They refused to attend in March as they argued Mr Lungu was not the legitimate winner of last year’s […]

Nairobi building collapse: Two children rescued

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The rescued children are now being treated in a city hospital Two children have been rescued from the rubble of a collapsed seven-storey building in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, nearly 24 hours after the incident. Rescue officials say a boy and a girl are now being treated in a hospital. A […]

South Africa’s Helen Zille makes unreserved apology for tweets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Helen Zille is a major political figure in South Africa Helen Zille, former leader of South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), has publicly apologised for her tweets saying there were some positive aspects of colonialism. She said her comments in March were “insensitive to South Africans”. Ms Zille […]

French soldier jailed for molesting girls in Burkina Faso

Image copyright AFP Image caption France has a large military presence in its former colonies in West Africa A French soldier has been jailed for a year by a court in Paris for molesting girls aged three and five in a hotel swimming pool in Burkina Faso. Sebastien L, 40, and another soldier filmed the […]

South African girl on murder charge for killing ‘would-be rapist’

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 60,000 cases of rape are reported in South Africa every year A 17-year-old girl, who handed herself in to South African police, has been charged with murder after killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. “She was on her way to a local tavern when she […]

Australia agrees to pay A$70m to Manus Island detainees

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This picture taken in 2014 shows asylum-seekers at a Manus Island detention centre The Australian government and its contractors have offered compensation totalling A$70m (£41m; $53m) to refugees detained in Papua New Guinea. The 1,905 claimants had alleged they suffered harm while being held on PNG’s Manus Island between 2012 […]

Wu Xiaohui steps aside as Anbang chairman

Image copyright Anbang Insurance Group Image caption Wu Xiaohui was long thought to be one of China’s most politically-connected businessmen One of China’s best known billionaires, Wu Xiaohui, is stepping aside as chairman of Anbang Insurance. The company gave few details but said he was no longer able to fulfil his duties for “personal reasons”. […]

US considers sanctions on North Korea trade allies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rex Tillerson was speaking at a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee The US is considering sanctions on countries that do illegal business with North Korea, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned. He said the White House would soon have to decide whether to impose “secondary sanctions” […]