Just in: More than 60 people dead in blast at Burkina Faso gold mine

At least 60 people were killed on Monday in an explosion at a make-shift gold mine in a village near Gaoua in south-west Burkina Faso. Dozens more people were injured, including women and children It happened as explosives stored near a gold panning site blew up, local officials and witnesses said. Most of the injured people were evacuated to the Gaoua regional hospital. A regional prosecutor who visited the scene said an investigation had been opened into the tragedy. Accidents are frequent at unauthorized mining operations in some African countries, with safety regulation often minimal or non-existent. This is a … Continue reading Just in: More than 60 people dead in blast at Burkina Faso gold mine

As U.S. warships enter black sea region, Putin looks to shore up Russia’s defense system

Recent NATO  military maneuvers near Russian borders have led President Vladimir Putin to strengthen his nation’s defense network. “Even now, a U.S. warship has entered the Black Sea, and we can see it in binoculars or crosshairs of our defense systems,” Putin said in a Monday meeting with Russian military officials and arms makers. The U.S. 6th Fleet said in a statement their mission will help “further enhance collaboration between U.S. and NATO forces at sea.” “NATO allies and partners stand together to ensure a safe, stable and secure Black Sea region, building partner capacity to improve effectiveness and interoperability,” the … Continue reading As U.S. warships enter black sea region, Putin looks to shore up Russia’s defense system

Russian filmmakers land after shoot on board space station

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed after a three and a half hour trip from the International Space Station.The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian actress Yulia Peresild rests after the landing of the Soyuz MS-18 space capsule The capsule, descending under a red and white striped parachute after entering Earth’s atmosphere, landed upright in the steppes of Kazakhstan on schedule at 04:35 GMT on Sunday with Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko on board. Actress Peresild and film director Shipenko rocketed to the space station on October 5 for a … Continue reading Russian filmmakers land after shoot on board space station

What?: Ghana Premier League defender admits scoring two deliberate own goals to stop ‘match-fixing plot’

Scandal has hit the Ghana Premier League after a defender admitted deliberately scoring two own goals at the weekend to foil a ‘match-fixing plot’. Inter Allies centre-back Hashmin Musah reportedly confessed to scoring the two intentional own goals during the clash against Ashanti Gold. Musah came off the bench and scored two own goals in the final 12 minutes, leaving Inter Allies 7-0 down. Musah couldn’t have made his own goals look more deliberate if he’d tried. The defender claims he netted the two goals on purpose because he believes the score had been agreed in advance for betting purposes. … Continue reading What?: Ghana Premier League defender admits scoring two deliberate own goals to stop ‘match-fixing plot’

Oh Not Again: Ryanair flight diverted to Berlin over ‘potential security threat’

A Ryanair flight traveling from Ireland to Poland made an emergency landing in Germany because of a “potential security threat on board,” the airline said Monday. The plane carrying about 160 passengers from Dublin to Krakow was flying near Berlin on Sunday evening when German air traffic control warned the crew of an unspecified threat, according to the airline and media reports. The captain followed procedures and diverted to the nearest airport in the German capital, a company official said in a statement. The aircraft landed safely and passengers were taken off the plane for a security check. Nothing suspicious … Continue reading Oh Not Again: Ryanair flight diverted to Berlin over ‘potential security threat’

Protest erupts in Spain over rapper who was sent to jail

Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel who barricaded himself inside a university to avoid a jail term has been arrested. Catalan police entered the University of Lleida and detained him a day after he arrived there with supporters, Hasel is facing a nine-month jail term for glorifying terrorism and slandering the crown and state institutions over tweets and lyrics that attacked the monarchy and police. He was due to hand himself in last week but defied the order, almost two hours after officers from the Mossos police force went in early on Tuesday, Hasel was led away shouting “they will never silence … Continue reading Protest erupts in Spain over rapper who was sent to jail

Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond dies aged 44

Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond has died from cancer, his representative has said, the 44-year-old was best known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers in the popular 1990s US sitcom about a group of high school friends and their headmaster. He had recently completed a first round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with lung cancer last month, his condition had deteriorated fast in the last week, said agent Roger Paul. “Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful,” he said on Monday. Saved by the Bell ran for four … Continue reading Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond dies aged 44

Nigerian President Buhari replaces top military commanders

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced the country’s top military commanders after months of pressure over his response to the worsening security situation in the country. Leo Irabor was named to the powerful Chief of Defence Staff post, which oversees the main military branches, the spokesman for the presidency said, while I Attahiru, A Z Gambo and I O Amao would command the army, navy and air force respectively. “President Buhari thanks the outgoing service chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country’,” the presidency spokesman said, telling Reuters … Continue reading Nigerian President Buhari replaces top military commanders

Star Wars supports High Republic host after racist abuse

The official Star Wars Twitter account has tweeted in support for Krystina Arielle, the host of the upcoming Star Wars: The High Republic Show, after she received online harassment. Tweets by Arielle surfaced of her speaking about the role white people play in upholding racism. She then started receiving racist abuse, and accusations of being racist, but Star Wars tweeted in support of her, stating: “Our Star Wars community is one of hope and inclusivity”. Ms Arielle was recently announced as the host of The High Republic Show, an upcoming web series about Star Wars: The High Republic, a new … Continue reading Star Wars supports High Republic host after racist abuse

Jailed 13-year-old boy wins appeal in Nigeria

A 13-year-old boy who was handed a decade-long jail sentence for blasphemy last year will now walk free. He was convicted by an Islamic court in August for making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a friend in northern Kano state, but a secular appeals court overturned the sentencing on Thursday, saying the child was a minor. Last year’s ruling by a Sharia court sparked international condemnation. The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said it “negate[d] all core underlying principles of child rights and child justice that Nigeria – and by implication, Kano state – has signed on to”. … Continue reading Jailed 13-year-old boy wins appeal in Nigeria