Africa

'Lives at risk' unless WHO reforms

The World Health Organisation must reform, a UN report says.

"This may be the last opportunity" says high-level UN report.

'Alarming' east Congo violence

A demonstrator protests against UN peacekeeping troops in Congo in 2012 for failing to protect civilians from rebel fighting.

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus.

Bombed plane's pilot slams 'zero' security video

The plane's pilot says there is "zero" security at Somalian airports.

Somalian airport security under attack after bomb tore a hole in plane's side, where a passenger was sucked out to his death.

Kidnapped Aussie freed by al-Qaeda video

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott were captured by al-Qaeda in Burklina Faso.

Al-Qaeda frees Jocelyn Elliott after three weeks, but her husband Ken is still captive.

Somali plane 'hit by bomb' video

Voice of America's Somali-language website published photos showing a large hole in the aircraft's fuselage close to the right wing.

A blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane was meant to kill everyone on board, Somalian minister says.

Woman to be released by al-Qaeda

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott.

 A militant group says it will release an Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso in January.

Wife crashes her own funeral video

Rukundo surprised her husband at her own funeral.

Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as mourners were leaving a funeral - her funeral.

Wildebeest ancestor had duckface

An artist’s interpretation of the rusingoryx atopocranion.

The modern wildebeest had a weird cousin far up the family tree whose bizarre nose gave it powers of communication.

Bomber in wheelchair?

Voice of America's Somali-language website published photos showing a large hole in the aircraft's fuselage close to the right wing.

Jet explosion which sucked a man to his death "may have been caused by wheelchair-bound bomber".

'Free DJ or tanker blows'

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu, seen at the Federal high court Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigerian separatists threaten to explode hijacked oil tanker unless firebrand London DJ freed.

Man sucked from plane in blast video

Voice of America's Somali-language website published photos showing a large hole in the aircraft's fuselage close to the right wing.

Man dies after being sucked out of airliner following mid-air explosion.

Chimp attack boy recovers after surgery

Dunia Sibomana was attacked two years ago by chimpanzees in his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Eight-year-old Congolese boy Dunia Sibomana was flown to New York for the first of a series of operations to rebuild his face.

Boko Haram 'burns kids alive'

Frequent attacks by Boko Haram have left Nigerian security forces battling.

Survivor recounts hearing children's haunting screams as extremists firebombed huts in northeast Nigerian city.

British helicopter pilot killed by poachers

Roger Gower died of his injuries from the single gunshot.

Roger Gower was flying over illegal elephant hunters in Tanzania when a single gunshot ended his life.

Female suicide bombers strike

Parents of missing Chibok girls sit during a march, calling for their daughters to be brought back home, to the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria, on January 14.

At least 12 die after female suicide bombers hit town where militant group abducted more than 200 girls.

White giraffe a rare thing

White giraffes are very rare. This one, named Omo, was spotted in Tanzania.

Caught on camera, a rare white giraffe.

Prosecutors fight against Pistorius' appeal

Oscar Pistorius is fighting his murder conviction, handed down late last year.

South African authorities challenge runner's attempt to have his conviction for murdering his girlfriend overturned.

Eight on trial over King Tut glue job

The golden mask of King Tutankhamun was restored after his beard was knocked off, then hastily stuck back on.

Egyptians charged with "gross negligence" after knocking the beard off Tutankhamun's burial mask, then gluing it back on.

Islamist gunmen kill 17 in attack

A general view through a broken window shows government forces patrolling on Lido beach following an attack at beachside restaurant Beach View Cafe in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

At least 17 people killed in Somali capital when Islamist gunmen stormed a popular beach-front restaurant.

Now THIS is job commitment video

This South African cop has a job to do and not even being shot in the back is going to stop him.

This South African cop has a job to do and not even being shot in the back is going to stop him.

The world's oldest massacre

There were remains of 21 adults and six children, most under age 6.

It took place nearly 10,000 years ago in Kenya but the story of the slaughter of 21 adults and 6 children is finally being told.

Three Mali gendarmes killed

Soldiers on board a truck outside Bamako, Mali.

Gunmen kill three gendarmes in an overnight ambush near a town in central Mali.

Anti-violence activist fired for assault

Zambian President Edgar Lungu said singer Clifford Dimba could not fulfil his role as a spokesman against gender violence while he is on trial for the alleged assault.

Zambian singer who was ambassador against gender violence sacked after being accused of assaulting a woman.

Fresh sex scandal hits UN

UN officials said the peacekeepers were from Gabon, Morocco, Burundi and France.

UN peacekeepers ran prostitution ring, paying girls in Central African Republic as little as 70 cents for sex.

Nigeria's missing $14 billion

The looted 1.35 trillion Nigerian naira could have built 36 hospitals or educated 4000 children through university.

Corruption has cost Africa's biggest economy dearly with 52 people allegedly looting the country's treasury.

Paris attack suspect arrested

Paris has been on high alert since the attacks on November 13.

Belgian man being held in Morocco had "direct relationship" to attackers.

Where is 'doctor of poor people'? video

Dr Ken Elliot has devoted his life to helping the poor and sick of Burkina Faso.

Australian Ken Elliott is the only surgeon for 2 million people in Burkina Faso. On Saturday he and his wife were kidnapped.

Burkina Faso tightens security

A forensic police officer exits the Splendid Hotel after al Qaeda militants killed at least 32 people from at least seven countries in an attack on the hotel and a restaurant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

In the wake of a weekend attack that left up to 32 dead, security was beefed up across Burkina Faso's capital Monday as businesses and banks reopened.

Rapper arrested for fake passport

There's most definitely no such thing as a "world passport", South African officials told US rapper Mos Def.

There's most definitely no such thing as a "world passport", South African officials tell US rapper Mos Def.

Aussies kidnapped in Burkina Faso

French soldiers arrive at the site of the attack on the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso.

An Australian couple have been kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso.

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