Pistorius release delayed

Oscar Pistorius was due to have been released to house arrest in August after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence.

The Paralympic gold medallist had hope to be freed but a parole review board says no.

Haze to become worst on record

Wearing faces masks in Palembang, Indonesia, as haze shrouded the Ampera bridge on the weekend.

Malaysia has ordered all schools to close for two days as haze is on track to become the worst on record.

Water made easy in Kenya

Kiwi engineer Kevin Smith will be installing ram pumps - water pumps that don't use electricity - in Kenya following a visit from Dr Cleophas Lagat, governor of Nandi County, Kenya.

Waikato-made water pumps could soon save Kenyan women from back-breaking labour.

Baboons force radio station off air

At least five baboons chewed through YA FM's transmission cables.

A radio station in Zimbabwe was forced off air when a group of baboons stormed the transmission tour and chewed through its cables.

Leg 'bursts' after spider bite

An English man has told how he almost died after being bitten by a brown recluse spider. Pictured is a file photo of a female Funnell Web Spider

An English man has told how his leg "burst open" after he was bitten by a deadly spider during a flight.

Mugabe blames refugee crisis on West

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has told the UN Western interference in independent nations' internal affairs are to blame for the refugee crisis.

Interferring in independent nations' domestic affairs triggered refugee crisis, says Zimbabwe's president.

Hundreds of prisoners escape

The country's army was sidelined when mostly Muslim northern rebels, known as Seleka, seized power in 2013.

Prisoners flee main jail in Central African Republic's capital as violent clashes continue.

Cecil hunter's trial delayed

The last known photograph of Cecil (lying down) with his brother Jericho.

Zimbabwean hunter who helped a US tourist kill Cecil the lion has trial postponed a second time.

Changes at the top for Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso President Michel Kafando has been reinstalled as the part of the transitional government.

The presidential guard that staged a coup in Burkina Faso more than a week ago may be disbanded and disarmed.

Burkina Faso's president back in charge video

Burkina Faso President Michel Kafando attends a ceremony marking the return of the transitional government.

The president of Burkina Faso president is back in charge after an attempted coup.

Pistorius hearing November 3

An appeal against Oscar Pistorius' culpable homicide conviction will be heard by the South African Supreme Court on November 3.

Oscar Pistorius' case will be heard by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal in November 3, when prosecutors will ask to reject his trial verdict.

Burkina Faso army to disarm coup

Anti-coup protesters converge at the residence of the traditional leader Mogho Naaba in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso soldiers marched into the capital Ouagadougou as army leaders began surrender talks.

Nigerian bomb blasts kill 54

Survivors of the attacks receive treatment at a hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bears the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Freezer found full of female genitalia

It is believed the victims come from neighbouring Lesotho.

A man's been arrested after 21 pieces of female genitals are found in his home freezer in South Africa.

Bomb blast near palace

Somali government soldiers and journalists stand near a car destroyed in front of the Jazeera hotel after an attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu in July.

Five people killed when a car bomb exploded close to presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Uganda's president to run again

Yoweri Museveni has been credited with returning economic stability to Uganda but critics have accused him of failing to check runaway corruption.

Yoweri Museveni, who has dominated the east-African nation for 30 years, is set to run again.

Foreigners freed in Yemen

Houthi followers in Yemen.

Six hostages, including two Americans and a Briton, have been released by rebel fighters.

Burkina Faso post-coup talks attacked

A protester throws a tyre on a burning roadblock in the capital of Ouagadougou.

Armed soldiers and pro-coup demonstrators storm hotel, attacking negotiators.

Refugees rescued off Libya coast

Libyan Red Crescent workers help a refugee rescued after their boat sank off the coast.

One woman is found dead as 4700 refugees are rescued from boats en route to Europe.

Coup sparks Burkina Faso protests

An anti-coup protester holds a Burkinabe flag.

Demonstrators set tyres alight at roadblocks after army fires on protesters amid post-coup talks.

Delay for Pistorius parole

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during a court appearance.

A second parole hearing for Oscar Pistorius is postponed.

Coup straight out of the movies video

Protesters chant slogans against the presidential guard in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Wednesday, leading to soldiers firing warning shots.

 It was a flashback to those old-fashioned African coups of decades ago, the ones that are not supposed to happen anymore.

Malaria 'tamed', death rate drops

In this 2010 photos Lois Dama holds her baby daughter Rehema as she is given an injection as part of a malaria vaccine trial in the Kenya coastal town of Kilifi.

Death rates from malaria have plunged by 60 per cent in the past 15 years, meaning more than 6 million lives have been saved.

South Sudan tanker blast kills 100

South Sudan flag

Crashed oil truck explodes while crowd tries to siphon fuel.

Military in Burkina Faso confirms coup

Locals protesting outside the military headquarters in Ouagadougou in October.

The military in Burkina Faso has taken to the airwaves to declare it now controls the country.

Boko Haram negotiates over schoolgirls

More than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.

Fresh hopes for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by extremists.

Mugabe muddles speech in Zimbabwean parliament

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe

Despite decades of rule, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe shows he's not above a mix-up - reading out an old speech.

Zimbabwe wants white farmers back

A farm worker harvests tobacco leaves near Harare, Zimbabwe, earlier this year.

The country seized huge plots of land from whites 15 years ago and gave them to supporters of the ruling party - even if they didn't know how to use them.

Bystander tackles would-be thief video

The shopper shoulder charges the runner, tackling him to the ground.

A would-be shoplifter was stopped in his tracks when a quick-thinking bystander ploughed into him with a rugby tackle. 

New species of man discovered video



JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - 08 SEPTEMBER: Professor Lee Berger holds up a cast of a new species of early human ancestors called Homo Naledi that he and the Rising Star expedition discovered in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa. 
A TEAM of International scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of human relative. The new species, named Homo naledi, has surprisingly human-like features and was discovered in a remote cave 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. With a brain the size of an orange, a slender body, ape-like shoulders and feet almost identical to humans, the find provides a unique insight into our human past.

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An all-female caving team working under dangerous conditions unearthed proof of a new ancient human species.

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