French hostages praise rescue ‘from hell’

French hostages praise rescue ‘from hell’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Patrick Picque, left, and Laurent Lassimouillas, right, with a South Korean hostage who has not been named Two French tourists who were held hostage in Burkina Faso have thanked the French soldiers who "lost their lives to free us from this hell".Two French special forces soldiers died during the raid,…
Mauritania heads to polls in historic election

Mauritania heads to polls in historic election

Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters at a rally for Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, widely seen as the frontrunner Mauritania is heading to the polls in what may result in the first democratic transition of power since the West African country achieved independence in 1960.President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz seized power in a coup in 2008,…
Ethiopia apologises for map that erases Somalia

Ethiopia apologises for map that erases Somalia

Image copyright Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Image caption The Ethiopian foreign ministry said it was unsure how the map had "crept in on the website" Ethiopia's foreign ministry has apologised after a map of Africa on its website incorporated neighbouring Somalia within its own borders. "We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this…
Canadian women hostages rescued in Ghana

Canadian women hostages rescued in Ghana

Two Canadian women have been rescued after they were kidnapped last week by gunmen in Ghana's second city, Kumasi, a government minister has said. The two unnamed students, aged 19 and 20, were working as volunteers for a charity when they were seized. Kidnappings in Ghana, regarded as one of West Africa's most stable states,…
Frenchman completes Atlantic crossing in barrel

Frenchman completes Atlantic crossing in barrel

Image copyright AFP Image caption The adventurer said the journey was "exhilarating...but also quite risky" A 72-year-old French adventurer has landed on the Caribbean island of Martinique after successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule. Jean-Jacques Savin set off on his journey in late December from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands.He…
Norwegian woman dies from puppy bite

Norwegian woman dies from puppy bite

Image copyright Birgitte Kallestad Image caption Birgitte Kallestad's family are calling on Norway to make rabies vaccinations compulsory for citizens travelling to the Philippines A Norwegian woman has died after contracting rabies from a stray puppy in the Philippines.Birgitte Kallestad, 24, was on holiday with friends when they found the puppy on a street, Kallestad's…
Hinduja brothers top Rich List for third time

Hinduja brothers top Rich List for third time

Image copyright AFP Image caption British brothers Gopichand and Srichand Hinduja have a combined net worth of £22bn, the Sunday Times estimates The billionaire Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for a third time, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.Sri and Gopi Hinduja saw their fortune increase by…
Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, fails on lift-off ★★★☆☆

Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, fails on lift-off ★★★☆☆

The team behind Rocketman have pulled off the most astonishing feat. Against all the odds, they have managed to produce a two-hour greatest hits musical that turns one of the most flamboyant, gifted and charismatic performing artists of the modern era into a bit of a bore.A lot of words have been written and spoken…
Baseball champs in race split over Trump

Baseball champs in race split over Trump

Image copyright Getty Images US baseball champions the Boston Red Sox are visiting the White House later to celebrate their victory - without nearly all their non-white teammates.At least 10 players and the team's manager, all African-American or Latino, have declined the president's invitation to the World Series winners.In contrast, the dozen players who are…
India’s Modi has election spiritual break

India’s Modi has election spiritual break

Image copyright @BJP4India/Twitter Image caption Mr Modi meditated at a holy cave in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a spiritual break on the eve of the final day of voting in the country's general election. In a series of tweeted images, Mr Modi, 68, is seen meditating while…