Nigerian activist held in solitary in Japan, prompting calls for her release

A prominent Nigerian asylum seeker and activist is being held in solitary at a Tokyo detention centre, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release.

Economic gender parity nearly two centuries off, WEF finds

Progress in closing the global workplace gender gap is slowing dramatically, according to a World Economic Forum study, with a notable exception in Rwanda, a country still emerging from the aftermath of genocide that has become the world's leader on equal pay.

Death toll in Cameroon train crash hits 79

The death toll in last week's train crash in Cameroon has climbed to 79, state radio said Monday, as the authorities continued to comb through the wreckage.

Tears, relief as Somali pirate hostages land in Kenya

A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates touched down in Kenya on Sunday, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal.

Nigerian troops thwart ship hijacking, arrest vandals

Nigerian troops have thwarted an attempted hijack of a vessel in the restive Niger Delta and separately arrested five pipeline vandals, a spokesman said on Sunda.