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WHO cancels Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador role

22 Oct

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Mugabe often travels abroad for medical treatment The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following a widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had […]

WHO chief ‘rethinking’ Robert Mugabe’s appointment

22 Oct

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mugabe is frequently taken to task over human rights abuses The new head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is rethinking a plan to appoint Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s original proposal sparked an outcry. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its […]

WHO chief ‘rethinking’ Robert Mugabe’s appointment

22 Oct

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mugabe is frequently taken to task over human rights abuses The new head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is rethinking a plan to appoint Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s original proposal sparked an outcry. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its […]

Mogadishu truck bombing death toll jumps to 358

20 Oct

Media captionBulldozers clear the site of the Mogadishu truck bomb The death toll from last Saturday’s huge truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 358, the information minister says. Some 56 people are also still missing, Abdirahman Osman says. Officials have blamed the Islamist al-Shabab group, allied to al-Qaeda. But the group […]

Malawi cracks down on ‘vampire’ lynch mobs

20 Oct

Image copyright Frank Kandu Image caption Several people have come out in public and said they were attacked by vampires. Police in the south-east African state of Malawi say they have arrested 140 members of lynch mobs who attacked people suspected of being vampires. At least eight people are believed to have been killed, including […]

Millions caught in South Africa’s ‘worst data breach’

20 Oct

Image caption South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them at risk of identity theft. The information contained in […]

Malawi cracks down on ‘vampire’ lynch mobs

20 Oct

Image copyright Frank Kandu Image caption Several people have come out in public and said they were attacked by vampires. Police in the south-east African state of Malawi say they have arrested 140 members of lynch mobs who attacked people suspected of being vampires. At least eight people are believed to have been killed, including […]

Lupita Nyong’o accuses Harvey Weinstein of harassment

20 Oct

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment. She spoke out in a New York Times article, saying she was lured to his room under false pretences. He then said that he wanted […]

Somalia among worst for pollution deaths

20 Oct

Image copyright Getty Images Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected. Air pollution had the […]

Anger over Mogadishu bomb attack boils over into streets

19 Oct

Media captionThe BBC’s Alastair Leithead at the scene of Somalia’s bomb attack A red bandana has become the new symbol of protest in Mogadishu as anger over the city’s most destructive bomb attack is boiling over on to the streets. Men and women in the city, security officers, even government officials – all are wearing […]