Mali army loses 24 soldiers in Niger border attack

Image copyright

Twenty-four soldiers have been killed in an attack by militants in eastern Mali, the country's army has said.
Another 29 were also injured during a joint operation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region.
Mali's army said 17 “terrorists” were killed and 100 suspects were being held in Tiloa, in Niger.
It comes weeks after 54 troops were killed in another attack – one of the deadliest in the past decade.
Details of Monday's attack are unclear, and authorities have not identified what group the assailants belonged to.

Why the Sahara is terror's new front lineIn its Twitter account, the Malian army posted images several burned-out motorcycles, and said 70 were destroyed during the incident.
Mali has suffered violence since 2012 when Islamist militants exploited a Tuareg separatist uprising, seizing several key cities.
With help from France, its former European ruler, Malian forces regained control of territory lost to jih..

Banks facilitated South Africa corruption under Zuma, says Peter Hain

Image copyright

Image caption

Peter Hain has accused several firms of helping with the theft of public money in South Africa

Several international banks enabled corruption in South Africa under former President Jacob Zuma, British lawmaker Peter Hain has said.
At an inquiry hearing, he said HSBC, Standard Chartered and India's Bank of Baroda were “directly culpable”.
The inquiry is investigating claims of graft against Mr Zuma and the Gupta family. They deny any wrongdoing.
HSBC said it supported the inquiry while Standard Chartered said there was no evidence linking it to the Guptas.
No-one from the Bank of Baroda was immediately available for comment.

Africa Live: More on this and other stories
Zuma, the Guptas, and the sale of South Africa
Who are the Guptas?
Speaking in Johannesburg, Lord Hain alleged that the banks were helping the Guptas to hide the source of their illicit gains through a network of banks accounts and shell companies.
“They're all up to thei..

Lion removed from house opposite Lagos school

Image caption

The lion was removed from a residential building on Monday

A lion which was reportedly being used to guard a house in Lagos, Nigeria, has been removed by authorities.
The two-year-old lion was reportedly discovered at a property opposite a school by a task force team on Friday.
It was tranquilised on Monday and transferred to Bogije Omu zoo in Lekki, head of the task force team Yinka Egbeyemi told the BBC.
The owner of the animal has been told to report himself to police before the end of Monday or face arrest.
A team from the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit located the animal after residents filed a petition to the state's ministry of environment.

'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' fetches €1.25m
Zoo rescues tigers stuck at Belarus border
A crèche and elementary school stand opposite the house, according to the BBC's Damilola Oduolowu in Lagos.
The school's management said it had been conscious of the children&#0..