Nigeria’s Boko Haram conflict: Huge rise in child ‘human bombs’

Nigeria’s Boko Haram conflict: Huge rise in child ‘human bombs’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Boko Haram insurgency has devastated many lives across north-eastern Nigeria There has been a significant increase in the number of children used as human bombs by Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria, the United Nations says. Unicef reports there have been 83 cases so far this year – four […]

Nigerian president to ‘work from home’ after rat infestation

Nigerian president to ‘work from home’ after rat infestation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after two prolonged spells of medical leave this year Nigeria’s president will spend three months working from home after his office was damaged by rats. Muhammadu Buhari has just returned from three months in the UK, amid widespread concerns over his health. But government […]

Uganda police: Arrests over ritual serial killings

Uganda police: Arrests over ritual serial killings

Image copyright Uganda police Uganda police say they have arrested a number of suspects over a recent spate of killings of women near the capital, Kampala. The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, said that a suspect had confessed to killing eight women on the orders of businessmen. The murders were for ritual sacrifices, Gen […]

Barcelona attack suspect named as Younes Abouyaaqoub

Barcelona attack suspect named as Younes Abouyaaqoub

Image copyright Police handout Image caption Police released images of Abouyaaqoub, saying he was dangerous and may be armed Police in Spain have confirmed the identity of the suspected driver of the van which ploughed into dozens of people in last week’s Barcelona attack. Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, could be armed, officials say, and the manhunt […]

President Buhari in plea for Nigerian unity

President Buhari in plea for Nigerian unity

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Buhari has spent more than five months on medical leave in the UK this year Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the nation following three months of medical leave in the UK. In a televised speech, Mr Buhari, 74, said he was “distressed” by calls for the dissolution of […]

BBC starts Pidgin digital service for West Africa audiences

BBC starts Pidgin digital service for West Africa audiences

Media captionBBC Pidgin: Meet the team A new language service for digital platforms in English-based Pidgin for West and Central Africa has been launched by the BBC World Service. Pidgin is one of the most widely-spoken languages across the region, even though it is not officially recognised. The launch is part of the World Service’s […]

Grace Mugabe: South Africa grants immunity despite assault claim

Grace Mugabe: South Africa grants immunity despite assault claim

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Mugabe failed to show at a summit in Pretoria on Saturday South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to leave the country without answering questions about an assault allegation. President Robert Mugabe and his wife arrived back in Harare early on Sunday. […]

BBC Pidgin: Meet the team

“We don land gidigba!’ (We’ve finally arrived!) That’s the message from the new team behind the BBC’s Pidgin service, which launches on Monday as part of the biggest expansion of the BBC World Service since the 1940s. Pidgin is spoken by an estimated 75m people in Nigeria alone, with additional speakers across West and Central […]

Barcelona attack: Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters

Barcelona attack: Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police say the wrecked house in Alcanar is a focal point of the investigation A 12-strong terror cell that carried out two attacks this week had 120 gas canisters and planned to use them in vehicle attacks, Spanish police say. Canisters were found at a house said to be used […]

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns from UK

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns from UK

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Buhari, 74, walked unaided from the plane Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has returned home after three months of medical leave in the UK. Officials refused to disclose what he was being treated for. It was the president’s second spell of medical leave this year – leading many Nigerians to […]

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