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Red Cross pleads for hostages held by IS in Nigeria as deadline looms

Red Cross pleads for hostages held by IS in Nigeria as deadline looms

Two medical workers and a 15-year-old school girls were kidnapped by Islamic State in Africa. A midwife was killed by the group last month.

  • by Tom Miles

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Habitat loss: the elephant in the room
Animal rights

Habitat loss: the elephant in the room

Even if we could wave a magic wand and put an end to poaching forever, elephants may still not live happily ever after.

  • by Claire Miller
How much would you pay for a (moon) rock?
Science

How much would you pay for a (moon) rock?

A moon rock discovered on Earth could fetch about $US500,000 ($706,800) when it goes on auction online next week.

Dozens killed in Kenya bus crash
Kenya

Dozens killed in Kenya bus crash

Fifty-five people have been killed after their bus left the road, rolled down a slope and crashed in western Kenya, with the roof of the bus ripped off.

Dozens dead in Congo tanker truck fire

Dozens dead in Congo tanker truck fire

At least 50 people have been killed and more than 100 had second-degree burns when a tanker truck in the Democratic Republic of Congo collided with a bus and, as villagers rushed to collect the leaking fuel, caught fire, witnesses and officials said.

Taking the pith? Melania Trump raises eyebrows in Africa
Melania Trump

Taking the pith? Melania Trump raises eyebrows in Africa

Yet another wardrobe choice by the First Lady, this time in African, has grabbed attention for the wrong reasons.

  • by Katie Rogers
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After her husband's derogatory comment, Melania Trump visits Africa
Melania Trump

After her husband's derogatory comment, Melania Trump visits Africa

Melania Trump opened her first big solo international trip as US first lady on Tuesday with a wave, a smile and a baby in her arms.

  • by Darlene Superville
Rwanda cracks down on cartoons
Rwanda

Rwanda cracks down on cartoons

A cartoonist who breaks the law faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1500. If the cartoon targets an MP, the penalty doubles.

Fewer tourists visiting Rwanda's gorillas
Animals

Fewer tourists visiting Rwanda's gorillas

Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but visitors numbers are dwindling and operators are pointing blame at a recent hike in safari permit fees.

Death toll in South Sudan’s war estimated to be 383,000
War

Death toll in South Sudan’s war estimated to be 383,000

An estimated 383,000 people have died as a result of South Sudan's civil war, according to a new report.

  • by Megan Specia
Tripoli's death toll passes 100 as rival factions slug it out
Extremism

Tripoli's death toll passes 100 as rival factions slug it out

The fighting has knocked out most power stations in the city and crippled Tripoli’s main airport.

  • by Ahmed Elumami