June 26, 2018

Noura Hussein: Appeals court ‘overturns’ death sentence

Noura Hussein: Appeals court 'overturns' death sentence Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young women in Sudan grow up in a patriarchal society, human rights campaigners say An appeals court in Sudan has overturned the death sentence of a woman who killed her husband after he allegedly raped her, her lawyer says. Noura Hussein, 19, was instead sentenced to five years in jail, lawyer Abdelaha Mohamad said. Her mother, Zainab Ahmed, told the BBC she was happy her daughter's life had been spared. International celebrities had backed an online campaign, #JusticeforNoura, to demand Ms Hussein's release. Last month, an Islamic court had sentenced her to death by hanging, following her conviction for the pre-meditated murder of her husband. Ms Hussein was forced into the marriage at the age of 16. She said her husband had recruited some of his cousins who allegedly held her down as he raped her. When he allegedly attempted to do the same the following day sh..
June 26, 2018

DR Congo’s Kasai crisis: War crimes committed by both sides, UN says

DR Congo's Kasai crisis: War crimes committed by both sides, UN says Image copyright AFP Image caption Many survivors of attacks in Kasai have life-changing injuries UN investigators have accused government troops and militiamen in the Democratic Republic of Congo of committing war crimes in the restive central Kasai region. The two groups murdered, raped, "enslaved" and committed other "inhuman acts" against civilians, they said. The Kasai region, once one of the most prosperous and peaceful in DR Congo, descended into violence in 2016. Long-simmering resentment exploded into rebellion against the government. In December the UN said the crisis was the highest level of emergency - the same level as the crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. It has claimed 3,000 lives and displaced 1.4 million people. More on this and other stories from Africa 'The army threw people into the river in Kasai' Human crisis in Congo 'worse than Syria' In a report prepared for the UN Hu..
June 26, 2018

Eritrea and Ethiopia open first high-level talks in 20 years

Eritrea and Ethiopia open first high-level talks in 20 years Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed, left, greets Eritrea's Foreign Minister Osman Saleh The first high-level Eritrean delegation in decades has reached Ethiopia for a visit which could ease decades of military tension. Eritrea won independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year conflict - but a border war five years later killed tens of thousands. Diplomatic ties have been cut between the two countries for almost 20 years. Last week, Ethiopia's prime minister said he would accept a peace deal awarding Eritrea disputed territory. The deal, agreed by a border commission in 2000, had never formally been accepted by his country. Abiy Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor resigned in February, and has enacted a series of reforms since. On Sunday, a political rally he attended was hit by a grenade blast which killed two people and injured dozens, though Mr Ahmed was uninjured. ..
June 26, 2018

Big winners, big losers: Kenya’s addiction to gambling

Big winners, big losers: Kenya's addiction to gambling Image copyright AFP Gambling is a multi-million dollar business in Kenya, but there are more losers than winners - with an increasing number of young people chancing their luck, writes Anthony Wanjiru. The grey weather had not dampened the mood at the Mozzart Betting Shop in Westlands, Nairobi. The punters continue to loudly place their wagers in the betting store, which is one of the many that dot Kenya's capital. This is where I meet Ken Karanja, 29, who best embodies the gambling culture beguiling many young people in the city. Ken Karanja, truck driver: Image copyright Anthony Wanjiru "I am a betting addict" He lives in Rwaka, a cosmopolitan area about 15km (nine miles) north-west of Nairobi, and makes 3,000 Kenyan shillings (£22; £30) a day as a truck driver - money which he often gambles away. "I am a betting addict. I bet 100 Kenyan shillings a day and 1,000 to 1,500 Kenyan shillings during weekends," he says. ..
June 25, 2018

David Goldblatt: South Africa’s chronicler of life under apartheid

David Goldblatt: South Africa's chronicler of life under apartheid Image copyright Photograph by David Goldblatt Image caption One of Goldblatt's best-known works is this photo taken in 1977, entitled, 'Shop assistant, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg'. Acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt has died at the age of 87 at his home in the main city, Johannesburg. Fans describe his talent as a photographer who "chronicled apartheid" and "could freeze time". Goldblatt was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1988 and won a number of prestigious awards. Here is a selection of some of his photographs from a career spanning three decades. We include Goldblatt's original caption with each image. Image copyright Photograph by David Goldblatt Image caption 'The commando of National Party supporters that escorted the late Dr Hendrik Verwoerd to the party's 50th anniversary celebrations. ..
June 25, 2018

Zimbabwe Bulawayo blast: Two die after attack on Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe Bulawayo blast: Two die after attack on Mnangagwa Image copyright Reuters Image caption Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed that the attack would not derail the election Two people injured in Saturday's explosion at a campaign rally in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo have died, a medical official has said. Solwayo Ngwenya, clinical director of the city's Mpilo hospital in the city, told AFP other victims had life-threatening injuries. At least 49 people, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa's two deputies, were injured in the blast. He said it was an attempt on his life ahead of the 30 July election. This is the first poll since long-time leader Robert Mugabe was forced from power last year. Mr Mnangagwa has vowed that the attack would not derail the election. He is favourite to win the poll, but analysts say he also has enemies - both for overthrowing his former mentor, and for being a previous enforcer of Mr Mugabe's government. Check out Africa Liv..
June 25, 2018

Kenya’s ‘rapper priest’ suspended by Catholic Church

Kenya's 'rapper priest' suspended by Catholic Church Image caption Father "Sweet Paul" Ogallo has been told he must pick between his two passions A Catholic priest in Kenya has been suspended from leading public mass for a year because he rapped during sermons, his superior has told the BBC. Father Paul Ogallo, who was nicknamed "Sweet Paul", had to "choose between being a rapper and a priest". The sacred and the secular could not mix, added Bishop Philip Anyolo, of the Homa Bay Diocese in western Kenya. But the bishop insisted Father Ogallo could use rap and drama to preach to young people - just not on the altar. Africa Live: Updates on this and other storiesAfter mass, Father Ogallo would change from his priest's robes into his rapper's outfit of T-shirt and bandana. Explaining his alter ego, he told the BBC last month: "Young people call me 'Sweet Paul' because I rap sweet". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeet the Keny..
June 25, 2018

Nigerian music star D’banj’s son ‘drowns at home’

Nigerian music star D'banj's son 'drowns at home' Image caption The musician, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, became a father in May 2017 The one-year-old son of Nigerian music star D'banj has drowned in a pool at his home in the commercial city of Lagos, local media reports. D'banj did not directly confirm the Sunday incident but posted a black image on his Instagram account with the caption: "Trying Times . But my God is Always and Forever Faithful." He was in Los Angeles attending an awards ceremony when his son died. The Afropop star gained world fame for his 2012 hit, Oliver Twist. He calls himself "Koko master" which could mean a variety of things from being the "boss", "lover" and the "main topic". His music is a mix of Yoruba, English and Pidgin. Check out Africa Live for more on this story and others from around the continent Guide to Nigeria's Afrobeats stars D'banj, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, became a ..
June 24, 2018

Noura Hussein: ‘Hoping for a miracle to stop our daughter being hanged’

Noura Hussein: 'Hoping for a miracle to stop our daughter being hanged' The parents of a Sudanese teenager who was sentenced to death after killing her husband - whom she accuses of raping her - have denied reports that they've disowned her. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, her father also says he never imagined that making her marry her cousin would have such terrible consequences. Noura Hussein sobbed uncontrollably when she saw her mother earlier this month. It was the first time she had been visited by her family, since she was jailed one year ago. Through the tears, the 19-year-old told her mother that she had originally planned to kill herself, after being raped by her husband. "She hated herself after he raped her," says Noura's mother, Zainab Ahmed. "She had got a knife ready to take her own life if he touched her again." But in the heat of the moment - when he did touch her again - she stabbed her husband instead. It was self-defence, her mother in..
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