Religious conflict in the Central African Republic has been well documented in recent months, but in the capital city Bangui, a project is underway to create reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. The International Organisation for Migration is forming ‘clean-up’ crews, which are gathering popularity across the city.
A constant presence at circuses and birthday parties, clowns have been around for centuries. But there is a crisis in the profession. Clowning is an industry on the decline, and in the UK alone only 100 clowns remain.
Cricket’s Indian Premier League launched its seventh season in the UAE this week, drawing huge crowds and many of the world’s best players. But there’s an added twist, as the season stars in tandem with the resumption of a Supreme Court investigation into corruption within the league.
Mounting tension in Ukraine has pushed up oil prices. The benchmark Brent crude rose over $110 per barrel at one stage, with UK light crude also up. Traders ignored the slower economic growth in China, which could reduce demand.
Dozens of rescue ships have rescued scores of passengers from a ferry after it sank off the coast of South Korea. More than 100 people remain missing as the search continues in the area, and at least one person has been confirmed dead.
Saudi Arabia has replaced influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan “at his own request”. Replaced by his deputy Yousef Al Idrissi, Prince Bandar was the Kingdom’s pointman on the Syrian conflict, and was a former ambassador to the USA.
More than 70 people have been killed after a massive bomb attack at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. The country’s president has blamed Boko Haram for the attack which also injured hundreds waiting to board buses during the morning rush hour.
US treasury secretary Jack Lew, and Ukrainian finance minister Oleksandr Shlapak have signed a $1bn loan guarantee at the Treasury Department. The deal shows America’s “unwavering commitment” to seeing Ukraine move its democracy forward, said Lew.
Austrian pilot Hannes Arch has claimed his first win of the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship as he flew to victory in Rovinj, Croatia. The Rovinj race was the second of the season, following the opener in Abu Dhabi. Arch currently leads the standings along with Briton Paul Bonhomme, both on 21 points.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of environmental activists being killed during the last decade, according to environmental group Global Witness. More than 900 people were killed while campaigning against land grabs, industrial logging and other causes in 35 countries, with only ten people convicted in related cases.