Africa

South Sudan refugee crisis: The wooden bridge between death and safety

South Sudan refugee crisis: The wooden bridge between death and safety

For three years South Sudan has tumbled deeper into self-inflicted chaos, and it now finds itself on the brink of something even more terrifying. United Nations officials rarely use the words “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing,” but they now say potentially both could envelop the world’s youngest country. Since violence flared in Juba in July and […]

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Vintage aeroplanes mostly dating from the 1920s and 1930s are shortly due to finish a 13,000km (8,000 miles) rally flying from the Greek island of Crete to Cape Town in South Africa. The rally began in November and pilots have had adventure-filled journeys. The planes have mostly open cockpits and are equipped with only rudimentary […]

Nigeria Super Falcons march on parliament to demand bonuses

Nigeria Super Falcons march on parliament to demand bonuses

Nigeria’s victorious women’s football team have protested outside parliament in Abuja over unpaid win bonuses. Their protest coincided with President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival at the National Assembly to present next year’s budget. The African champions then marched to President Buhari’s villa, where an aide said they would be paid in two days. They have refused […]

Sudan denies plans to free woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Sudan denies plans to free woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Sudan on Sunday retracted claims by a foreign ministry spokesman that a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for allegedly abandoning the Muslim faith would shortly be released, saying the official’s remarks had been taken “out of context”. Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised solely by her Christian mother, was convicted […]

Italian priests, Canadian nun freed in Cameroon

Italian priests, Canadian nun freed in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped in April by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon were released on Sunday, officials said. The Cameroonian presidency said the captives had been “handed over last night to Cameroonian authorities”, and thanked those who had worked for their release. Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, missionaries from […]

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