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Ugandan police block gay pride parade

Ugandan police block gay pride parade

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ugandan activists held celebrations in August 2015 Ugandan police have blocked gay pride celebrations from happening in two resorts outside the capital, Kampala. Gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said more than 100 LGBTI people tried to participate in the celebrations in Entebbe near Lake Victoria. But many were escorted by […]

Deep divisions over elephants to dominate key species meeting

Deep divisions over elephants to dominate key species meeting

Image caption The illegal trade in ivory has seen elephant numbers plummet The world’s biggest conference on species protection has opened in South Africa amid concern and division over the survival of elephants. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) will address proposals impacting more than 500 plants and animals. But elephants […]

Gabon court upholds Ali Bongo election win

Gabon court upholds Ali Bongo election win

Image copyright AFP Image caption The constitutional court rejected calls for a recount Gabon’s constitutional court has upheld President Ali Bongo’s election victory, rejecting opposition calls for a recount. There have been fears that such a decision could trigger fresh violence. The government said it would hold opposition leader Jean Ping responsible if clashes erupted […]

Egypt migrant boat sinking: Death toll rises to 162

Media caption“Beyond words”: Orla Guerin meets the survivors, and those left behind The number of bodies recovered after a migrant boat capsized off the Egyptian coast on Wednesday has reached at least 162, as the search continues. The boat was carrying between 450 and 600 migrants when it sank eight miles (12km) off the port […]

Nigerian woman, 25, becomes Argungu city leader

Nigerian woman, 25, becomes Argungu city leader

Image copyright . Image caption Hindatu Umar assumed the position after the tenure of the local chairman expired A 25-year-old woman has taken over as the head of a local authority in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. Hindatu Umar is the first woman and the youngest person to hold the position in Argungu city, […]

Species body says extra elephant protection could boost ivory trade

Species body says extra elephant protection could boost ivory trade

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Elephants in Botswana, which has more of the animals than any other country in Africa The UN body that oversees trade in endangered species, says it will oppose efforts to increase global protection for elephants. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, known as Cites, begins a key […]

Refugee crisis: Plan to create 100,000 jobs in Ethiopia

Refugee crisis: Plan to create 100,000 jobs in Ethiopia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are more than 700,000 refugees in Ethiopia, mainly from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia Britain, the European Union and the World Bank have announced a plan to create 100,000 jobs in Ethiopia to help tackle the migrant crisis. Two industrial parks will be built in the country at […]

Zimbabwean ‘flag abusers’ face jail

Zimbabwean ‘flag abusers’ face jail

Image copyright AFP Image caption The #ThisFlag movement began in April and is calling for change in Zimbabwe Zimbabweans risk imprisonment for abusing the national flag, the authorities have warned in the wake of anti-government protests. Those who bring it into disrepute face a $200 (£154) fine and/or six months in jail, the justice ministry […]

Somalia food crisis: 300,000 children need help, says UN

Somalia food crisis: 300,000 children need help, says UN

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flash floods have destroyed crops in Somalia leaving nearly half the population short of food Nearly five million people in Somalia are suffering from a shortage of food due to poor rainfall, floods and displacement, the United Nations says. More than 300,000 children under the age of five are […]

SA Paralympian Tyrone Pillay fury at airline over prosthesis

SA Paralympian Tyrone Pillay fury at airline over prosthesis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tyrone Pillay received a bronze medal at the men’s shot put final in Rio A South African Paralympic shot-putter has hit out at South African Airways for refusing to allow him to board with his prosthetic leg. Bronze medallist Tyrone Pillay says he was prevented from boarding an internal flight […]