Hugh Masekela dies

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and "the father of South African jazz", has died aged 78.   In a statement, his family said he had "passed peacefully" in Johannesburg "after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer".   Masekela gained global recognition with his

KENYA PROBES SEXUAL ABUSE AT HOSPITAL

Kenya's health minister has ordered an investigation into claims new mothers were sexually assaulted at a flagship hospital in the capital Nairobi. Social media posts alleged that male staff members targeted the women when they went to feed their babies. The Kenyatta National Hospital said the reports were "untrue" and denied any

US GOVT SHUTS DOWN

The US government has begun shutting down many of its services after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. A bill to fund the federal government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes amid a bitter dispute over immigration and border security. It is the first shutdown

ETHIOPIA RELEASES OPPOSITION LEADER

Jailed Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been freed after more than a year in detention. The leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress was released on Wednesday morning and allowed to go home, where he was welcomed by thousands of people. He has been in prison since December 2016 and was facing

Zimbabweans ‘pay to see president’

Zimbabweans in the Namibian capital Windhoek say they are "shocked" and "embarrassed" to have been charged by the "cash-strapped" embassy to see visiting President Emmerson Mnangagwa, reports Namibian news site The Villager. The site goes on to say that locals and Zimbabwean citizens had to pay $16 (£9) for a seat