Africa

Suicide attack close to Somalian airport

Huge blasts have rocked the UN gate in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Ten people killed when two suicide attackers detonated a car-bomb outside the African Union's peacekeeping base in Somalia.

Appeal over Pistorius jail term video

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for murdering Reeva Steenkamp.

South African prosecutors will appeal the runner's "shockingly lenient" six-year sentence for murder.

US billions for Africa

Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates delivers the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on the ...

Philanthropist Bill Gates has pledged billions to help people throughout Africa.

Salvation for Liberia's ex-lab chimps video

Lucy, an orphaned chimpanzee, wasn't expected to survive.

A Kiwi journalist encounters former laboratory chimps, left on an island to die.

Turning five with South Sudan

Madadr Tuok, 5, from Bentiu, at the Lich Primary School, Bentiu Protection of Civilians site.

On July 9 South Sudan turned five, as did thousands of children who have known only violence.

Zimbabwe crisis deepens

Police officers stand guard during a political rally addressed by Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe in Bindura, north of ...

After 36 years of rule by president Robert Mugabe, the country is again on the brink of collapse.

South Sudan on the verge of war video

A UN truck drives past displaced South Sudanese families resting in a camp for internally-displaced people.

Ceasefire ordered after a fresh wave of violent clashes in the world's newest country.

Twins' plot to blow up US Embassy

The twins were allegedly plotting to blow up the US Embassy in Pretoria

South African siblings planned to undergo terrorist training, then bomb an embassy and Jewish buildings, prosecutors say.

Pistorius' sister speaks out

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years imprisonment for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Aimee Pistorius thanks judge for her brother's sentence, amid criticism that he got off too lightly for murder.

Living in the wild

One of David Lloyd's iconic images.

Kiwi wildlife photographer David Lloyd has come eye-to-eye with some of the most feared animals on earth.

Security concerns for Black Caps

Kane Williamson will lead the New Zealand test cricket side for the first time, against Zimbabwe later this month.

Black Caps monitoring the political situation in Zimbabwe after the capital grinds to a halt amid protests.

The most incredible gap year lie?

Louise Linton's recollections of travel in Africa don't seem to match up with with reality.

It's a great story. British actress faces incredible poverty, wild animals, and rebels in Africa. But is it true?

Pistorius 'a fallen hero' video

Oscar Pistorius enters the courtroom.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

EgyptAir: Signs of fire before crash

The Egyptair Airbus 320, which disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean sea.

Audio from voice recorder of crashed plane indicates crew were fighting a fire.

Double attacks kill 29 in Africa

Somalia has been hit by several attacks from al-Shabaab militant fighters.

Suicide bomber kills 11 in a Cameroon mosque while 18 die in a bus blast in Somalia.

EgyptAir black box repaired video

Debris from missing EgyptAir flight MS804 was found by a deep ocean search vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.

​Data files from crashed flight MS804 are being analysed, and could provide clues about planes final moments.

A fair chance for every child gallery video

In Khulna, Bangladesh, Amena Akhter makes sure that her daughter, Hafsa Khatun (under the table), 4, eats vegetables

We look at children in three vastly different countries to see what it means to be young in the world today.

World's largest uncut diamond to be sold video

A model shows off the 1109-carat "Lesedi La Rona", the largest gem quality rough diamond discovered in more than 100 years.

The "tennis-ball sized" stone is to go under the hammer at a public auction, in a break from tradition.

The moment an elephant attacks video

Redmond kept filming as the elephant charged.

Ian Redmond was supposed to be at a safe distance from the herd. He wasn't.

The forgotten man

The Idundu Bridge in the Niger delta, the scene of a fatal shooting and kidnapping.

A Kiwi was in a group ambushed in Nigeria. A local was killed but no-one seems to care.

Abducted Kiwi, Aussies recovering

The workers were from Macmahon Holdings' site in Calabar, Nigeria.

Three Australians and a New Zealander who survived a five-day abduction ordeal in Nigeria will hopefully be given the all clear to leave the country soon, their Perth-based employer says.

PM: Kiwi hostage injured video

The workers were from Macmahon Holdings' site in Calabar, Nigeria.

Kiwi kidnapped then released in Nigeria sustained non "life-threatening" wounds.

Yellow fever fears video

Women grieve over the casket of a young boy who had died two days prior in Luanda, Angola. The family said doctors had ...

Massive outbreak as disease, which killed hundreds in Angola, jumps borders.

5000 Boko Haram hostages freed

Nigeria says its army rescued more than 5000 hostages from Boko Haram over the weekend.

A massive operation by Nigeria's army rescued thousands held by the Islamist militant group.

Gunmen take guests hostage

A vehicle burns at the scene of a suicide bomb attack outside the under-siege Nasahablood hotel in Somalia's capital ...

Gunmen stormed hotel in Somalia's capital, setting up rooftop snipers and throwing grenades.

'Army training' to escape

Tim Croot managed to escape the Nigerian ambush and call home.

Australian man escapes armed kidnapping in Nigeria by hiding under a vehicle during the ambush.

Key: NZ won't pay ransom video

John Key said New Zealand doesn't pay ransom demands.

"We'd potentially put a bounty on any New Zealander's head who travels to a dangerous part of the world," says PM.

ANC decision causes riots in Pretoria

Locals walk past a shell of a burnt out truck used to barricade roads by protesters in Pretoria, South Africa.

Rioters looted shops and torched vehicles when the ANC ruling party named a mayoral candidate.

Fisherman's giant catch of the day

Renier struggles with is giant catch.

A South African fisherman has shocked himself - and the internet - by snaring a mulloway as big as himself.

Elephant survives poacher's bullet

Pretty Boy survived being shot in the head by poachers and was treated by the Aware Trust.

Pretty Boy had a bullet lodged in his head for six weeks and appeared to approach vets for help.

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