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Nigeria police arrest traditional priest after laying curse

Nigeria police arrest traditional priest after laying curse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The killing of 13 people at the St Philip’s Church last year was thought to be connected to rival drug gangs A 94-year-old traditional priest has been arrested in Nigeria after cursing the alleged perpetrators of a recent spate of violence. Anazo Ilomuanya was hired by a group of youths […]

Arsène Wenger to get honour from Liberia’s George Weah

Arsène Wenger to get honour from Liberia’s George Weah

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption George Weah (left, pictured here in 1993) has said that Arsène Wenger (right) “took care of me like his son” Liberian President George Weah is to award his former football coach, Arsène Wenger, his country’s highest honour. President Weah, the only African to have been named World Player of […]

Zuma corruption claims: South Africa state capture inquiry opens

Zuma corruption claims: South Africa state capture inquiry opens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ex-President Jacob Zuma is accused of allowing a wealthy business family to influence political decisions A public inquiry in South Africa has started investigating alleged corruption by ex-President Jacob Zuma. The inquiry is looking into “state capture”, where the wealthy Gupta family is accused of trying to influence political decisions, […]

Nigeria unrest: Deadly attack on village in Borno state

Nigeria unrest: Deadly attack on village in Borno state

Image copyright Boko Haram Image caption Boko Haram, pictured here in a propaganda video, has carried out many attacks in Borno state Suspected Islamist militants have stormed a village in north-east Nigeria, killing several people. Reports on the death toll in Mailari, Borno state, differed. A local militia leader said six people had died but […]

Coptic monks charged with bishop’s murder in Egypt

Coptic monks charged with bishop’s murder in Egypt

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A bishop was found dead in July at the Monastery Of Saint Macarius The Great Two Coptic Christian monks have been charged with murder in Egypt, after the head of their desert monastery was found dead in a pool of blood. The body of Bishop Epiphanius was discovered on […]

Kofi Annan death: World leaders honour former UN chief

Kofi Annan death: World leaders honour former UN chief

Media captionKofi Annan accepts his Nobel Peace Prize World figures have been paying tribute to former UN secretary-general and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, who has died at the age of 80. Current UN chief Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and Russian President Vladimir Putin described a “remarkable person”. Ex-US President […]

Ancient Egypt: Cheese discovered in 3,200-year-old tomb

Ancient Egypt: Cheese discovered in 3,200-year-old tomb

Image copyright University of Catania and Cairo University Image caption The ancient cheese was reportedly contained in broken jars A substance found by archaeologists working in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has proved to be one of the oldest cheeses ever discovered. Several years ago, the team discovered broken jars in the tomb of Ptahmes, a […]

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Image copyright AFP Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general, has died aged 80 in Switzerland, his aides say. He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the foundation named after him said on Saturday. Mr Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded […]

Polluted lives: The cost of South Africa’s gold rush

Johannesburg in South Africa has one of the world’s largest gold deposits. After decades of mining, large swathes of the population are thought to be exposed to toxic and radioactive mine waste. The BBC’s Sophie Ribstein went to meet people living close to the dumps to find out what effect it is having on their […]

Lagos landlords and the problems of renting as a single woman

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