Fairy circles: mystery solved? video

The "fairy circles" of the Namib Desert exhibit strikingly regular spatial patterns, which have long mystified observers.

It is one of nature's head scratchers - the circles seen in distant deserts, but a new theory has emerged.

Suicide blast kills more than 40

Militants detonated an explosives-laden vehicle inside a military camp in Mali's northern city of Gao.

Deadliest suicide bomb attack in Mali's history claims 42 lives and wounds more than 100.

At least 76 killed in air strike video

People walk by the site after a bombing attack of an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Nigeria.

At least 76 people killed in accidental Nigerian Air Force strike on a refugee camp.

Nigerian jet bombs refugee camp video

Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF said 120 people were wounded and 52 killed in a bombing on the camp for internally ...

More than 100 people are dead after an air force jet looking for Boko Haram extremists made a horrifying mistake.

Surviving the odds in war-torn South Sudan stuff nation

Nyajime Guet, 4, is held by her father Michael as he sits on a bed at a UNICEF-supported clinic.

Contains distressing images: Weighing just 9 kg and emaciated, four-year-old Nyajime Guet has stared death in the face.

Lions killed for medicine

Three lions have suffered cruel deaths at the hands of poachers.

South African police investigating brutal lion decapitations for medicine.

Ivory Coast calm as mutiny ends video

Unrest spread to at least five Ivory Coast cities and its military headquarters as rebellious troops demanded increased ...

Ivory Coast soldiers end their takeover of cities after a deal with the government.

Zuma's ex-wife given poll boost

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the potential new leader of the ruling ANC party in South Africa.

South African President Jacob Zuma's ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could be the country's new leader.

Soldiers open fire after mutiny

Unrest spreads to at least five Ivory Coast cities and its military headquarters as rebellious troops demand increased ...

​Soldiers in Ivory Coast's Bouake have opened fire and trapped the defence minister.

Africa's next top programmer video

Sam Lucas at home in Albany, Auckland, before heading back to  Madagascar early in the year

This Kiwi entrepreneur learned Malagasy and slept in huts for a year - and all to teach African youths to code.

Teen stashed inside a suitcase video

The teenager was found squashed inside a suitcase.

Border officials first became suspicious when they saw a woman using a trolley for just one suitcase.

Dream cars inspire home build video

Moses Ngobeni's home built sports car.

A man with no mechanical experience has fulfilled his childhood goal of building his dream car.

Cheetah numbers declining

There are about 7000 cheetah left in Africa and across to Iran.

Fastest animal on land sprinting towards extinction as habit changes.

Berlin suspect's nephew arrested video

Anis Amri was suspected of driving a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12.

Tunisia arrests three suspected militants over links to man believed to be behind Christmas market truck attack.

Plane hijacked with 118 aboard video

Two hijackers surrender to the Maltese military on the runway at Malta Airport.

Hijackers free all passengers and crew, then surrender, after forcing plane to fly from Libya to Malta.

Festive fake rice plan thwarted

Best Tomato Rice is not the best at all.

Nigeria confiscates enormous plastic rice haul, smuggled in to feed unsuspecting families over Christmas.

Snow falls in Sahara Desert

A satellite image of the snow in North Africa on December 19, 2016.

"Everyone was stunned," amateur photographer captures rare and beautiful sight.

Face-to-face with a rhino video

What would you do if these giants came charging towards you?

A group of tourists in South Africa have escaped with their lives from a furious charging rhino.

Man alive in morgue freezer for 2 days

Msizi Mkhize spent two days in a mortuary freezer until his family came to view his body and found he was still breathing.

A man spent two days alive in a morgue freezer only to die hours after he was discovered still breathing.

Vintage planes in 13,000km adventure video

One of the vintage planes on the epic adventure that ended in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

They survived detention in Ethiopia, an emergency landing in Kenya and the two day disappearance of a retiree.

Supermoon time again

David Hardy's picture of the December supermoon over Christchurch Airport.

We've been spoilt with three consecutive supermoons, but now the next one is a year away.

Explosives tied to Egypt crash video

Recovered debris of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea seen in image released by Egypt's military.

Did a bomb bring it down? Air accident investigators say traces of explosives found on victims of an Egyptair flight.

Cairo blast leaves 25 dead video

A relative of one of the blast victims with a police officer.

Dozens dead and 49 injured after a bombing during Sunday mass targeting Christians.

Church collapse kills at least 160 video

More than 160 people are dead as a church building that was under construction collapsed in Uyo, south-eastern Nigeria.

Morgues are overflowing in Nigeria and the death toll is expected to rise after a church fell down.

Doctors in organ trade bust

Some of the doctors arrested in the organ trade bust worked at well-known institutions including university hospitals.

45 people arrested as Egypt uncovers a network accused of illicit international trafficking in human organs.

Psychiatric patients run amok

Kenyan doctors earn as little as $560 per month.

More than 80 patients escaped from a Kenyan hospital during a nationwide strike by health workers over working conditions.

MH370 families offer reward for debris

A wing piece found on Reunion Island was covered in barnacles and was confirmed as belonging to MH370.

Anyone finding debris from doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could receive a financial reward, victims' families say.

Real visas, fake US embassy

The visas were real, but the embassy wasn't.

How did a sham embassy in Ghana issue authentic US visas and birth certificates for a decade?

Apologies for abuse make-up blunder

An actress has concealer applied to fake bruising on a Moroccan TV show.

A Moroccan TV show has apologised for advising makeup to hide bruises from abuse.

From wave of killings to genocide?

A child is treated in hospital after an October attack, targeting vehicles on the road connecting Yei to the capital Juba.

Infants hacked with machetes. Charred bodies with their arms bound ... tales of horror from a once-peaceful town.

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