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Qasem Soleimani: Stampede kills 50 mourners at burial in Iran

Fifty people have been killed in a stampede as Iranians flocked to the burial of a top commander killed in a US drone strike, officials say. The deaths in Qasem Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman led to the postponement of his interment. A new time will be announced later. Millions are already estimated to have packed the streets for a series ...

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Iran offers $80million bounty for Donald Trump’s head after death of general

An $80million bounty has been placed on Donald Trump’s head in Iran in the wake of General Qasem Soleimani’s assassination. During the televised funeral, official state broadcasters said one US dollar would be tabled for every Iranian in the country, with the cash going to whoever killed the US President. “Iran has 80 million inhabitants. Based on the Iranian population, ...

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Ntaganda sentenced to 30 years for crimes in DR Congo

A former Congolese rebel leader has been sentenced to 30 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Fighters loyal to Bosco Ntaganda carried out gruesome massacres of civilians, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said in July. Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers. The sentence is the ...

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CAMEROON: Dozens trapped underground after deadly landslide

Fourteen people have died and over 40 are trapped underground following a landslide on Monday night in Baffoussam, western Cameroon. Rescue workers are frantically searching for survivors but each passing minute dampens hopes that they will be found alive. Regional governor Fonka Awa Augustine told the BBC that people had built houses on hilly ground, despite government warnings, and a ...

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Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95. He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign. Zimbabwe’s education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.” He was born on 21 February 1924, ...

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Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul

A bomb has exploded in a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 63 people and wounding more than 180. Witnesses told the BBC a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. The explosion happened at around 22:40 local time (18.10 GMT) in an area in the west of the city mostly populated by Shia Muslims. The Taliban ...

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Blogger ‘who insulted Islam’ freed after 5 years

A Mauritanian blogger who was jailed for more than five years after being convicted of blaspheming the Muslim Prophet Muhammad has been released. Rights groups had waged a long campaign to secure Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’khaitir’s release. He had been due for release in 2017 but the government refused saying he could be lynched. Conservative Muslims had demanded his ...

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