June 24, 2018

Burning Cameroon: Images you’re not meant to see

Burning Cameroon: Images you're not meant to see Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWitnessing Cameroon's descent towards civil war A man calmly sets fire to a house, watched by a group of at least 12 men dressed in fatigues, helmets, and black webbing consistent with those worn by an elite army unit in Cameroon. "I want to die," a village chief tells his tormentors as they beat and threaten to kill him. They appear to be members of a separatist militia. Captured on video and shared widely on social media, these are among dozens of clips that have been pouring out of Cameroon over the last six months, some of which have been analysed by BBC Africa Eye. Some of them show burning villages. Others record acts of torture and killing. Many are too graphic to show. Though often confusing and hard to verify, these films show a nation sliding towards a brutal civil war as the government tries to suppress an armed insurgency in the English-speaking areas of wes..
June 24, 2018

Clashes in Nigeria between farmers and herders leave 86 dead

Clashes in Nigeria between farmers and herders leave 86 dead Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Nigeria has seen decades of intermittent violence between Berom farmers and Fulani herders (file picture) At least 86 people have died in central Nigeria after violent clashes broke out between farmers and cattle herders, police in Plateau state said. Some reports say fighting began on Thursday when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them. A retaliatory attack on Saturday led to more deaths. The area has a decades-long history of violence between ethnic groups competing for land. A curfew has now been imposed in three parts of the state. State police commissioner Undie Adie said a search of villages following the bloodshed revealed that 86 people had been killed, and six injured. He said 50 houses had been burned, as well as 15 motorbikes and two vehicles. The Plateau state government said the curfew would be in place between 18:00 to 06:00 local tim..
June 24, 2018

Mali Fula villagers were killed ‘in cold blood’

Mali Fula villagers were killed 'in cold blood' Traditional hunters have killed 32 civilians in an isolated village in central Mali, a local group says. The hunters, known locally as "Dozo", surrounded the village in the Mopti region and separated members of the Fula ethnic group from the other villagers before killing them. Children were among the victims in Saturday's attack, an official said. There has been increasing violence between Fula, who are traditionally herders, and other ethnic groups. A further 10 people were missing from the village, near the town of Djenné, said Abel Aziz Diallo, president of Tabital Pulaaku, a Fulani association. "They surrounded the village, separated the Fula people from the others and killed at least 32 civilians in cold blood," he told AFP news agency. The Fula complain that they are being regularly targeted by traditional hunters in the name of the fight against jihadists. They accuse the Malian military of supporting such inciden..
June 24, 2018

Zimbabwe election to ‘to go ahead as planned’ after blast

Zimbabwe election to 'to go ahead as planned' after blast Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment an explosion "targets" Emmerson Mnangagwa Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says elections will go ahead as planned on 30 July, despite what he said was an attempt on his life on Saturday. Forty-one people were injured in the blast at a rally in the city of Bulawayo, which occurred close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage. Officials said security arrangements would be reviewed. The vote is the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted and Mr Mnangagwa has vowed they will be peaceful. Mr Mnangagwa said Saturday's explosion happened when an object "exploded a few inches away from me - but it is not my time". He said the violence was senseless and appealed for unity. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa also condemned the attack, saying any political violence was "totally unacceptable". Those hurt included two vice-presidents, the Zanu-..
June 24, 2018

Kenya’s ‘contaminated sugar’ row: What we know

Kenya's 'contaminated sugar' row: What we know Image copyright Kenya National Police Service Image caption Police posted pictures of the seized sugar sacks on social media There is confusion in Kenya after the country's interior minister said that harmful levels of mercury had been discovered in sugar consignments seized in police raids last week. He has since been contradicted by top government officials, creating uncertainty and a crisis of public confidence in the country's sugar supply. What's the row about?Last week, the authorities said they had seized more than 1,000 bags of illegally imported sugar from warehouses in the capital Nairobi and other parts of the country. Following the raids, Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i told local media that harmful levels of mercury and copper had been found in samples tested from the sugar seized in Nairobi's Eastleigh area. But his claim was denied by Trade Minister Adan Mohamed, who denied that th..
June 23, 2018

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion Image copyright EPA Image caption Presindent Mnangagwa was campaigning ahead of elections next month Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack in the city of Bulawayo. Footage from the blast at White City Stadium appears to show Mr Mnangagwa leaving the stage after addressing supporters when a device went off. He was not hurt, his spokesman said. But senior officials are among those injured, Zimbabwe media say. President Mnangagwa came into power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe. Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba issued a statement recalling: "There have been multiple attempts on the President's life over the past five years."
June 23, 2018

Explosion hits Ethiopia PM rally

Explosion hits Ethiopia PM rally Image copyright EPA Image caption Abiy Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor resigned in February An explosion has shaken a rally for Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed which was being attended by thousands of people in Addis Ababa. Mr Ahmed was taken away by security personnel immediately after his speech, which he gave in the Ethiopian capital's Meskel Square. There were no immediate details of any casualties. Mr Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned in February. Ethiopia has been riven by years of protests by people who feel marginalised. Its government has been accused of human rights violations including torture and extrajudicial killing of political dissidents. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You c..
June 22, 2018

Unravelling the mystery of Akon’s Wakanda

Unravelling the mystery of Akon's Wakanda Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akon released his debut album, Trouble, in 2004 Akon has announced plans to build a "real-life Wakanda" in Senegal, built on the back of his almost-eponymous cryptocurrency, Akoin. Which - as anyone who has watched Black Panther, and seen Marvel's imagined city, will understand - sounds rather magical. The government appears to agree: the 41-year-old told crowds at Cannes Lions on Monday he had been gifted a not insubstantial 2,000 acres of land to start the project off. But as far as we know, neither Senegal nor Akon have their own supply of vibranium - the fictional metal which gave Wakanda its wealth and power - and cities don't come cheap. Which has left us wondering: what is going on? Where exactly is this real-life Wakanda?It is unclear. The BBC has tried to contact the government and Akon's representatives to find out more about the gift - to no avail. However, we can try t..
June 22, 2018

Ethiopia unblocks 264 websites and TV channels

Ethiopia unblocks 264 websites and TV channels Image copyright ESAT/YouTube Image caption ESAT was among the banned TV stations Ethiopia has unblocked 264 websites and TV broadcasters, a senior official has announced. Fitsum Arega, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff, announced the move on Twitter, saying "freedom of expression is a foundational right". Since coming to office in April, Mr Abiy has embarked on sweeping reforms. The previous administration was accused of restricting access to foreign-based media platforms during the height of anti-government protests. Africa Live: More on this and other stories from the continent Is this the man to change Ethiopia? Ethiopia seeks to end deadly Eritrea feud Why landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy The government was accused of human rights violations - including torture and extrajudicial killing of political dissidents. US-based television stations, Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network (OMN),..
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