Africa

Opposition's emergency refugee bill

Labour leader Andrew Little said New Zealand needs to show "will and moral leadership" in the face of Syria's refugee crisis.

Labour and Greens are trying to force the Government's hand over New Zealand's refugee intake.

Festival goes on despite dead girls

Maidens prepare to deliver the reeds at Ludzidzini royal palace on Sunday. During the eight-day ceremony, virgin girls cut reeds and present them to the queen mother. The Reed Dance also allows Swaziland's King Mswati III to choose a wife if he wishes. Mswati currently has 15 wives.

Thousands of young women and girls danced before Swaziland's king, despite calls to cancel the dance after dozens died in a car crash.

Boko Haram murder 56

Nigerien soldiers have been battling Boko Haram militants for years.

Islamic extremists slaughter a remote Nigerian village, as the terrorist group expands its campaign.

Verdict 'sends dangerous message'

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo.

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has slammed the three-year prison sentences handed to three Al Jazeera journalists.

Journalists sentenced to jail

Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center and Australian Peter Greste in Egyptian court.

Egypt hands down harsh sentenced on Al-Jazeera trio, including Australian.

Boat packed with migrants sinks video

Bags containing the bodies of dead migrants that were recovered by the Libyan coastguard on Thursday (local time).

Libya has recovered 82 bodies, with over 100 more missing and feared dead.

Pistorius' parole hearing set

Oscar Pistorius' parole approved in June was denied by South Africa's justice department. A new parole hearing is set for September 18.

Oscar Pistorius will spend at least three more weeks in jail with his parole board review set for September 18.

Peace deal for South Sudan

South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

President Salva Kiir signed the deal to end a 20-month conflict, but had "serious reservations".

Tourist guide mauled by lion

Quinn Terence Swales was killed by a lion in Hwange National Park, the same park where Cecil the lion was killed.

Zimbabwean tourist guide killed by a lion in a pride in Hwange National Park, the home of the country's most prized lion Cecil.

Ebola survivors are not OK

Musa Pabai holds his son Oliver and walks with his girlfriend Hannah Wright, right, upon meeting them for the first time after surviving Ebola

The survivors of Ebola continue to suffer unexplained ailments.

The nun who transforms women's lives

Sister Angelique Namaika: "We are working hard to return some dignity."

Amid the hazards of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sister Angelique​ Namaika​ is helping transform the lives of abused young women.

Italy rescues 1200 migrants

A migrant is rescued by an Italian Navy helicopter in the area where his boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea on August 11. The navy has just had it's largest single-day rescue, after distress calls from 18 boats carrying 3000 people.

One of the largest ever single-day rescue missions for Italian Navy after receiving distress calls from 18 boats carrying up to 3000 migrants.

Pistorius' parole blocked

Oscar Pistorius was set to be released on house arrest on Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius will not be released on parole this week because the decision to release him was made prematurely.

Sierra Leone's Ebola-free declaration

A suspected Ebola patient lies inside a quarantine zone in a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone December 18, 2014.

Residents erupted into song and dance when a barricade came down, marking the formal end of Sierra Leone's largest remaining quarantine.

Egypt heatwave leaves scores dead

A boy swims in the river Nile on the outskirts of Cairo to cool off. A heatwave has killed more than 100 people in Egypt.

The death toll from a heat wave in Egypt has risen to 106 people.

Pistorius set for 'mansion arrest' video

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in this file photo from 2014.

Oscar Pistorius will be confined to the home of his uncle after serving 10 months in prison for killing his girlfriend.

Rhino gets elephant skin bandage

Hope the rhino, who survived after she was mutilated by poachers.

A rhino injured after poachers mutilated her face to pull out her horns is being treated with a bandage made from elephant skin.

Bic women's day ad backfires

Bic South Africa's message.

Bic apologises after it tells women to 'look like a girl and think like a man', causing outrage.

Nigeria blast kills around 50

Police officers stand guard following a suicide bomb explosion at a bus station in Kano, Nigeria. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Teenage suicide bombers, suspected to be Boko Haram extremists, killed at least 24 people in separate blasts Tuesday at crowded bus stations in two northern Nigerian cities 300 kilometers (200 miles) apart. (AP Photo/Sani Maikatanga)

A bomb attack on a packed market in northeastern Nigeria killed around 50 people.

Zimbabwe lifts hunting ban

Cecil the lion was a popular attraction among visitors to the Hwange National Park.

Zimbabwe has lifted a ban on big game hunting outside a national park 10 days after imposing the moratorium.

Militant group claims bomb

Four people, including three policemen, wounded after bomb exploded near Cairo court.

Four people, at least three of whom were policemen, were wounded when a bomb explode near a Cairo court.

Heat kills 21 in Egypt

Egypt is the latest country to experience soaring temperatures.

Twenty-one people are dead and 66 others in hospital as soaring temperatures and high humidity hit Cairo and other parts of Egypt.

Baby rhino cuddles grey car

Kruger Park ranger Don English helped get the rhino to safety.

Hearts broke when this orphan imprinted on a car. Then came a heart-stopping moment.

Kiwis pay big money for big game

Stu and Judy Rees, of Gore, with a freshly slain lion.

It is not just wealthy Americans who are big game hunting, New Zealanders are also getting in on the act.

Mali hotel siege ends

Peacekeepers stand guard at the entrance to the Minusma peacekeeping base in Kidal, Mali.

Special forces backed by French soldiers have ended the siege of a hotel in Mali.

France steps up MH370 search

A French military transport plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Saint-Denis at the start of a search mission along the coast near Saint-Andre on Reunion island.

A French plane took to the air, searching for more potential debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Islamists holding hostages in Mali

Malian soldiers man a checkpoint outside Sevare.

Suspected Islamist gunmen holding as many as 10 hostages after carrying out a deadly attack on a hotel in central Mali.

The pride looks after Cecil's cubs

Cecil's orphaned cubs were monitored via night-vision camera after being taken in by a new pride in Zimbabwe.

Photos show cubs have been adopted by their new cub leader and three lionesses.

MH370 probe looks to clue about repair

French gendarmes and police stand near a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre.

Investigators probing MH370 debris have homed in on a crucial clue: Evidence the piece of wing had once been repaired.

The new MH370 mystery

The confirmed MH370 debris found on Reunion island.

For 17 months, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was, in a sense, nowhere. On Thursday, that changed.

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