Pope Francis waves as he addresses the media on the plane from Juba, South Sudan to Rome on Sunday. Photo: Pool via Reuters

Pope, Anglican and Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

The three Christian leaders spoke out on LGBT rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference returning home from South Sudan.

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Pope meets victims of war on South Sudan peace pilgrimage

The 86-year-old pontiff has been pushing South Sudan’s leaders to heal divisions for the sake of a nation traumatised by the legacy of a five-year civil war that left 380,000 people dead.

The 86-year-old pontiff has been pushing South Sudan’s leaders to heal divisions for the sake of a nation traumatised by the legacy of a five-year civil war that left 380,000 people dead.

5 Feb 2023 - 6:44AM

Egypt’s former prime minister Sherif Ismail dies at 67

‘I mourn with deep sorrow a virtuous man among Egypt’s best, a man in whom the nation’s conscience was embodied,’ President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

‘I mourn with deep sorrow a virtuous man among Egypt’s best, a man in whom the nation’s conscience was embodied,’ President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

5 Feb 2023 - 3:50AM

Ugandan man with 102 children admits he has been ‘irresponsible’

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Musa Hasahya Kasera’s case, he has produced a family large enough to form a village.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Musa Hasahya Kasera’s case, he has produced a family large enough to form a village.

3 Feb 2023 - 9:53AM

How to make an Egyptian mummy: new clues found in ancient workshop

2,500-year-old jars labelled with instructions like ‘to wash’ and ‘put on head’ are helping scientists learn more about ‘recipes’ used to embalm the dead.

2,500-year-old jars labelled with instructions like ‘to wash’ and ‘put on head’ are helping scientists learn more about ‘recipes’ used to embalm the dead.

2 Feb 2023 - 3:44AM

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Pope Francis sits next to Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi as he attends the welcoming ceremony at the Palais de la Nation on the first day of his apostolic journey in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

‘Hands off Africa!’ Pope condemns plundering of Congo by rich nations

The pontiff denounced the ‘poison of greed’ that is driving conflict in the country, as he began his historic visit to Congo and South Sudan.

1 Feb 2023 - 6:03AM

Chinese nationals told to leave Ethiopia high-risk areas after citizen killed

Nine Chinese citizens came under fire in the restive Oromia region, where one of them was shot and killed.

Nine Chinese citizens came under fire in the restive Oromia region, where one of them was shot and killed.

31 Jan 2023 - 9:03PM

US military kills senior Islamic State figure in Somalia raid

Bilal al-Sudani and around 10 Isis associates were killed during a gunfight with US troops who targeted a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia.

Bilal al-Sudani and around 10 Isis associates were killed during a gunfight with US troops who targeted a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia.

27 Jan 2023 - 11:43AM

Mauritania’s ex-leader faces corruption charges in landmark trial

Former president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is accused of amassing an illicit personal fortune during his 11 years in power.

Former president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is accused of amassing an illicit personal fortune during his 11 years in power.

26 Jan 2023 - 5:00AM

‘Act of war’: Rwanda shoots at DR Congo fighter jet as tensions soar

Rwandan forces fired at a fighter jet from Democratic Republic of Congo that it said had violated its airspace, prompting the Congolese government to accuse it of an act of war.

Rwandan forces fired at a fighter jet from Democratic Republic of Congo that it said had violated its airspace, prompting the Congolese government to accuse it of an act of war.

25 Jan 2023 - 10:47AM

At least 5 killed in blast, attack near Mogadishu mayor’s office

Attackers from the al-Shabab Islamist group set off a bomb then stormed the government building in Somalia’s capital and got caught in a firefight with security forces, the ministry and witnesses said.

Attackers from the al-Shabab Islamist group set off a bomb then stormed the government building in Somalia’s capital and got caught in a firefight with security forces, the ministry and witnesses said.

23 Jan 2023 - 11:20AM

China may be prepared to join Zambia debt deal: US treasury secretary Yellen

Janet Yellen met her Chinese counterpart, Liu He, in Zurich on Wednesday. ‘I definitely think they get what the problem is, and that there needs to be a solution,’ she said on Saturday.

Janet Yellen met her Chinese counterpart, Liu He, in Zurich on Wednesday. ‘I definitely think they get what the problem is, and that there needs to be a solution,’ she said on Saturday.

22 Jan 2023 - 5:44AM

Army frees abducted women, babies in Burkina Faso

The news came just hours after a series of attacks left about 30 people dead in the volatile nation that has been battling a jihadist insurgency since 2015.

The news came just hours after a series of attacks left about 30 people dead in the volatile nation that has been battling a jihadist insurgency since 2015.

21 Jan 2023 - 10:46PM

Gabon foreign minister dies of heart attack while waiting to attend meeting

The government said Michael Moussa Adamo suffered a heart attack and died ‘despite efforts by specialists’ to revive him.

The government said Michael Moussa Adamo suffered a heart attack and died ‘despite efforts by specialists’ to revive him.

21 Jan 2023 - 9:23AM

South Africa in naval drills with Russia, China

The maritime exercise between the three countries will take place from February 17 to 27 off the port city of Durban in South Africa, which has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The maritime exercise between the three countries will take place from February 17 to 27 off the port city of Durban in South Africa, which has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

19 Jan 2023 - 9:09PM

Nigeria’s female bouncers show their strength in fighting stereotypes

The Dragon Squad Limited, a team of female bouncers, only employs women of a certain weight and shape, creating a safe space for plus-size women in a male-dominated field

The Dragon Squad Limited, a team of female bouncers, only employs women of a certain weight and shape, creating a safe space for plus-size women in a male-dominated field

13 Jan 2023 - 1:19AM

Church of England body creates fund aimed at ‘communities affected by slavery’

The Church of England has apologised before for its past links to slavery, as Britain reckons with the legacy of its controversial colonial past.

The Church of England has apologised before for its past links to slavery, as Britain reckons with the legacy of its controversial colonial past.

11 Jan 2023 - 1:35AM

Dozens killed in Senegal bus accident, 3 days of mourning declared

President Sall said government council will be held to ‘take firm measures on road safety’; accidents are common, in part because of poor roads and decrepit vehicles.

President Sall said government council will be held to ‘take firm measures on road safety’; accidents are common, in part because of poor roads and decrepit vehicles.

9 Jan 2023 - 1:30AM

LGBTQ activist’s body found stuffed inside a box, Kenyan police say

The remains of Edwin Chiloba who fought ‘relentlessly to change the hearts and minds of society’ were found in the roadside near his fashion business.

The remains of Edwin Chiloba who fought ‘relentlessly to change the hearts and minds of society’ were found in the roadside near his fashion business.

6 Jan 2023 - 10:41PM

Looted ancient sarcophagus returned to Egypt from US

The US is returning to Egypt a nearly three metre-tall sarcophagus that was smuggled into the US through Germany in 2008.

The US is returning to Egypt a nearly three metre-tall sarcophagus that was smuggled into the US through Germany in 2008.

2 Jan 2023 - 10:41PM