Saturday, February 22, 2020

Church warns ‘adulterers’ amid Zambia divorce report

Churches in Zambia have called on citizens to act to lower the country's divorce rate. Infidelity, drunkenness, gender-based violence, difficulty conceiving, weight gain, and lack of access to marriage counselling were among key factors cited...

Popular Rwandan singer ‘ takes own life’

A Rwandan gospel musician who was taken into custody last week after he reportedly attempted to flee the country has taken his own life, police say. Kizito Mihigo was found dead in a police cell...

Locust swarm: UN warns of famine in Ethiopia, Kenya,

The East African region could be on the verge of famine if huge swarms of locusts devouring crops and pasture are not brought under control, a top UN official has told the BBC. It would...

Coronavirus: Death toll hits 1,350; 60,000 infected

Some 242 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday - the deadliest day of the outbreak. There was also a huge increase in the number of cases,...

Family of 16 burned to death in Nigeria attack

Reports from Nigeria say 16 members of the same family have been burned to death during an attack in north-western Kaduna state. Witnesses said they were locked in a room before their house was set...

Liberian women ‘too unfit to join army’

Most women who applied to join Liberia’s army failed because they were physically unfit, army officials say. Eighty per cent of female candidates were not able to be enrolled by army recruiters. A candidate must “meet...

Pope Francis rules against ordaining married men in Amazon

Pope Francis has ruled against ordaining married men in the Amazon region as a means of addressing the shortage of Catholic priests. Bishops backed the measure last year, but the decision needed the Pope's approval...

Omar al-Bashir: Sudan agrees ex-president must face ICC

Sudan's rulers have agreed to hand over ex-President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face genocide and war crimes charges. Bashir is accused of serious crimes in a conflict that broke out...

Coronavirus disease named Covid-19

The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus will be Covid-2019. "We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus...

Trump fires two impeachment witnesses

US President Donald Trump has dismissed two senior officials who testified against him at his impeachment trial. The US envoy to the EU, Gordon Sondland, said he "was advised today that the president intends to...