May 9, 2018

UK ‘settles rendition case’ with former Libyan dissident

UK 'settles rendition case' with former Libyan dissident Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has reached a settlement with former Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj over a long-running rendition case, the BBC understands. Mr Belhaj claims MI6 helped the US kidnap him in Thailand in 2004 to return him and his wife to Libya, where he says he was tortured. The attorney general will make a statement in Parliament on Thursday. The settlement terms are unknown but Mr Belhaj, 52, has previously demanded an apology and a token £1 in damages. A leading opponent of the then Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Mr Belhaj says he was abducted in Bangkok - along with his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar - while attempting to fly to London to claim UK asylum. Now a politician in Libya, Mr Belhaj spent six years in prison upon his return to the country and Moroccan-born Ms Boudchar was released shortly before giving birth. Human rights charity Reprieve says Ms Boudchar and her ..
May 9, 2018

Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace forward named Premier League player of the month

Wilfried Zaha becomes the first Crystal Palace player to win a Premier League player of the month award since 2004.
May 9, 2018

Yaya Toure: Manchester City fans have been great to me

Yaya Toure says it will be difficult to say goodbye to Manchester City at the end of the season because the fans have been so good to him.
May 8, 2018

Nigeria’s cattle war fuels religious tension

How Nigeria's cattle war is fuelling religious tension Image copyright AFP Image caption Conflict between cattle herders and farmers has claimed thousands of lives A long-running conflict between cattle herders and farmers in central Nigeria is increasingly assuming a religious dimension, writes the BBC's Mayeni Jones after visiting Benue state. Sebastian Nyamgba is a tall, wiry farmer with sharp cheekbones and piercing eyes. He guides me to a small bungalow adjacent to the local church, St Ignatus. It was the home of local priest Father Joseph Gor. "This is his blood," he says, as he points to faint pink splatters on the wall of the porch of the house. "This is where he was killed. They shot him as he was getting on this motorbike to escape and his blood sprayed on the wall." Father Gor was killed in the compound of his Catholic church, in the small village of Mbalom, about an hour's drive south from the capital of Benue state, Makurdi. Image caption Sebastian N..
May 8, 2018

Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country’s north-west

Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country's north-west Image copyright AFP Image caption The last Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo was in 2017 and killed four people An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo's north-western territory of Bikoro. There are two confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the affected area and 17 deaths where it is suspected, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The incident comes more than a year after an outbreak in the country killed four people. A 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed over 11,000 people as it tore into Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Updates on this and other African stories Why Ebola is so dangerous DR Congo profile According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak declaration was made after laboratory results confirmed two cases of the Ebola virus out of a sample of five suspected Ebola patients. The ministry says it has identified 21 people showing signs of haemorrhagic fever. ..
May 8, 2018

Belgium gasses chicks due to fly to Congo

Belgium gasses 20,000 chicks left suffocating at airport Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chicks and many other live animals are exported globally Belgian firefighters have gassed 20,000 chicks which were suffocating in a baking hot cargo container on the tarmac at Brussels Airport. A plane was to have flown the chicks to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, but the flight was cancelled. The gassing took place late on Sunday after the exporter had refused to take the container back, Belgian media said. Airport firefighters did not want to do it, so a team was called in from nearby Zaventem to end the birds' suffering. A spokeswoman for the Flemish animal welfare authorities, Brigitte Borgmans, said some chicks had died by Sunday evening, so "we sent a vet to the scene and he decided to put them out of their misery". The mass euthanasia was sharply criticised by some Flemish MPs. Independent MP Hermes Sanctorum, an animal welfare campaigner, said "there's..
May 8, 2018

Zambia university apologises for ‘half-naked’ poster

Zambia university apologises for 'half-naked' poster Image copyright Dikina Muzeya Image caption Student Dikina Muzeya said male students should concentrate on reading Zambia's leading university has apologised for telling female students not to visit its library "half-naked" because it would distract men. The University of Zambia said it had no dress code and it would not "tolerate old discredited misogynist views". A notice put up in the library at the campus in the capital, Lusaka, said: "Modest is the way to go!" It divided opinion in the socially conservative nation, with some students supporting it and others opposing it. Africa Live: BBC news updates Mini-skirts and morals in Uganda Burkini beach row puts French values to test Image copyright Dikina Muzeya Image caption The controversial notice has been removed In a statement, university librarian Christine Kanyengo said the notice did not reflect the views of the library's management. "We would like to u..
May 8, 2018

Nigerian authorities shut three cough syrup manufacturers

Nigerian authorities shut three cough syrup manufacturers Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic Nigeria's authorities have shut down three leading drugs companies after a BBC investigation into addiction to cough syrup containing codeine. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Nafdac) said it shut the firms for failing to fully co-operate with its inspectors. The companies have not yet commented. The BBC investigation showed that the syrup was being sold on the black market, and was being used by young Nigerians to get high. Africa Live: BBC news updates Nigeria's generation of cough syrup addicts Watch: Sweet sweet codeine It recorded figures in the pharmaceutical industry selling the drug illegally. Nafdac director Mojisola Adeyeye said in statement that Peace Standard Pharmaceuticals, Bioraj Pharmaceuticals and Emzor Pharmaceuticals were shut because o..
May 8, 2018

Afrofuturism: Why black science fiction ‘can’t be ignored’

Afrofuturism: Why black science fiction 'can't be ignored' Image copyright Marvel Studios Science fiction has long been criticised for its lack of racial diversity and inclusion. It's rare to see a lead character who isn't white. One study of the top 100 highest-grossing films in the US showed that just eight of those 100 movies had a non-white protagonist, as of 2014. Six of those eight were Will Smith, according to diversity-focused book publisher Lee and Low Books. The long-term exclusion of people of colour from science fiction offers up an interesting paradox. Image copyright Getty Images How can a genre that imagines a future of infinite possibilities be seemingly unable to imagine a future where black people exist - or at least have any relevance? Herein lies the power (and importance) of afrofuturism, and while you may not have heard of the term, there's a good chance you've been introduced to it already. Image copyright Marvel Studios Ima..
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