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Egypt refers 48 to court over Coptic church bombings

Posted On: 2017-05-22

Egypt’s public prosecutor says 48 suspected members of so-called Islamic State (IS) have been referred to a military court in connection with three bombings of Coptic churches.

Thirty-one of the suspects are in custody while the others are still at large.

More than 70 people died in suicide attacks against churches in Cairo in December and in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria in April.

IS said it carried out the bombings.

In a statement Continue Reading »

South African men march against abuse of women and children

Posted On: 2017-05-21

Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children.

One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world.

Police figures showed that 64,000 cases were reported last year.

A series of Continue Reading »

Chibok girls 82 reunited with families in Nigeria

Posted On: 2017-05-21

A group of the “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families.

The 82 girls, who were part of a huge group kidnapped from their school in 2014, are in the care of security services in the capital, Abuja.

Their parents travelled by bus through the night to meet their daughters.

More than 100 of the 276 girls, taken from the town of Chibok, are still being held by the militant group. Their Continue Reading »

Thomas Minito Suspect in Kenyas ranch raids found dead

Posted On: 2017-05-20

A Kenyan politician being investigated for the raids in private farms in the Laikipia region has been found dead.

Thomas Minito’s body was found floating in a river in Machakos, 50km (30 miles) from the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi.

Police say he was also being investigated for possible involvement in the shooting of Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallman.

The army has been deployed to the region to quell months of unrest.

A biting Continue Reading »

More than 3000 escaped Makala jail in DR Congo

Posted On: 2017-05-19

More than 3,000 prisoners are believed to have escaped from the main prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo, security sources have told the BBC.

The authorities say only around 50 prisoners got away when armed men attacked the prison on Wednesday.

The security sources also said dozens of people were killed during the attack on Makala prison.

Ne Muanda Nsemi, leader of the political-religious sect Bundu Dia Kongo, is among those who Continue Reading »

Dutch king reveals double life as an airline pilot for KLM

Posted On: 2017-05-18

The king of the Netherlands has revealed he has been living a secret double life as a co-pilot for a commercial airline.

For 21 years, King Willem-Alexander has taken to the skies twice a month to ferry passengers around on short-haul services for the Dutch airline KLM.

Although travellers may have recognised the monarch’s voice as he updated them on weather conditions and their time of arrival, the royal’s presence was never revealed.

The Continue Reading »

Renowned Mexican drug trade reporter gunned down

Posted On: 2017-05-16

Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, known for his award-winning coverage of the drug trade, has been shot dead.

Unidentified attackers opened fire on him on Monday in Culiacan city in the north-western state of Sinaloa, where he lived and worked.

Valdez, 50, received the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2011 for his work.

He is one of several journalists who have been killed in Mexico this Continue Reading »

Kenya Pupils protest after Nairobi school is demolished

Posted On: 2017-05-16

Primary schoolchildren have used their desks to block a major road in Kenya’s capital Nairobi after their school was demolished.

The Kenyatta Golf Course Academy was knocked down at the weekend following a land dispute.

They were joined by their parents and teachers as they chanted: “We want our school, we need to study in school.”

Several Kenyan schools have been demolished in recent years because of arguments over title Continue Reading »

Macron vows new start after inauguration

Posted On: 2017-05-15

Emmanuel Macron has promised to restore France’s global standing, as he was officially inaugurated as the country’s youngest president at the age of 39.

“My mandate will give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves,” President Macron said at the elaborate Élysée Palace ceremony.

He vowed to see the EU “reformed and relaunched” during his time in office.

He takes over from François Continue Reading »

FBI chief sacking Trump warns Comey over leaks to media

Posted On: 2017-05-13

US President Donald Trump has warned fired FBI chief James Comey against leaking material to the media.

He tweeted that Mr Comey had “better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations”, suggesting such tapes, if they existed, might contradict him.

Mr Comey, who had been leading an inquiry into possible collusion between Trump election campaign officials and Russia, was fired on Tuesday.

Mr Trump has insisted Mr Comey told him Continue Reading »

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