Sunday, August 1, 2021

South Africa riots: Looting and shooting in Durban

"We are on fire," Ian - not his real name - tells the BBC from riot-hit Durban in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. In the last three days, he reckons he has managed an hour or...

South Africa deploys military to tackle Zuma riots

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for people to "stand against violence" in response to deadly unrest triggered by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. At least six people have been killed and...

Ivory Coast ex-presidents unite against Ouattara

Two former Ivory Coast presidents and long-term political rivals, Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bédié, have announced that they are uniting to oppose the current head of state Alassane Ouattara. The three men have dominated...

Zuma: Military deployed to tackle unrest over jailed ex-president

South Africa has deployed soldiers to tackle deadly unrest triggered by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. Shops were looted and buildings set on fire on Monday as Zuma challenged his sentence at a...

Lightning strike kills 16 taking selfies in India

A lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured many more in Jaipur in northern India on Sunday. The victims were taking selfies in the rain on top of a watchtower at the city's...

Sir Richard Branson takes off on ‘extraordinary’ space flight

UK businessman Sir Richard Branson is on his way to fulfilling a lifetime's ambition: flying to the edge of space. His Virgin Galactic rocket plane has taken off for a 1.5-hour mission which will see...

Nigeria freezes Multichoice accounts over tax bill

The Nigerian government has frozen the accounts of Africa’s largest entertainment group, Multichoice, citing tax fraud and a lack of transparency about the number of its subscribers and income. The country’s tax office wants to...

Jovenel Moïse: Foreign hit squad killed Haiti’s president – Police

A hit squad composed mostly of retired Colombian soldiers assassinated Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse earlier this week, police say. The group included 26 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin, police chief Léon Charles told...

Jacob Zuma: South Africa’s former president hands himself over to police

South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has handed himself into police to begin serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court. He was admitted to Estcourt Correctional Centre in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal...

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation's capital, according to the country's interim prime minister. Claude Joseph said the president's home in Port-au-Prince was stormed by...
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