57 suspected Nigerian rapists, Catholicism in Africa and other stories

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Raddison Blu, Mali

A Malian police officer stands guard in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako A Malian police officer stands guard in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015.

REUTERS/Joe Penney

The pope is scheduled to be in Africa next week. A woman stands in front of posters of Pope Francis at the Martyrs of Uganda church in Bamako, Mali, November 8, 2015. The poster on the right reads, “Our Pope Francis”. Pope Francis makes his first pontifical visit later this month to Africa, where Catholicism has grown rapidly over the last few decades but now faces serious competition from Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, as well as Islam. The pontiff’s trip to Africa, where an estimated 1 in 5 people is Catholic, takes in Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic. His visit to that country is fraught with security concerns after months of clashes between Christians and Muslim gangs in which dozens of people have been killed.

REUTERS/Juan Medina

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Spain’s Queen Letizia (R) arrive to a Mujeres porAfrica foundation meeting in Madrid, Spain, November 16, 2015.

REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Former police officers wait to hear their sentencing in a court in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2015. The eight former police officers were sentenced to 15 years in jail, after they were found guilty of causing the death of a Mozambican taxi driver in 2013, who died of his injuries in a prison cell after being tied to the back of a police truck and driven through a busy Johannesburg street.


Kano Police arraigns 57 suspected rapists at Magistrate court 18 of Nomansland Court, in Kano,Nigeria

MTN local kiosk
REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

A vendor selling airtime and services for South Africa’s MTN Group waits for customers in downtown Cape Town, November 10, 2015. The newly installed head of South Africa’s MTN has hinted that he would seek to reduce a $5.2 billion fine imposed on African’s biggest mobile telecoms company by the Nigerian authorities. Non-executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko was named executive chairman of MTN for up to six months after Sifiso Dabengwa stepped down as CEO with immediate effect on Monday.

REUTERS/Noor Khamis

An installation, made of used motor vehicle parts, in the shape of the Africa is displayed at the Kenya Art Fair 2015 exhibition Sarit Centre in Kenya’s capital Nairobi November 14, 2015. With growing interest from international auction houses and a flourishing gallery scene at home, EastAfrican art is catching on with global collectors and a new generation of local buyers.


Student protests in Brussels Univeristy after security tightened in Belgium following the Paris attacks
REUTERS/Yves Herman

Belgian students from Brussels university ULB/VUB hold a sign that reads “no fear” during a rally at the occasion of the Saint Verhaegen day, the founder of the Brussels university, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris on Friday, in Brussels, Belgium.

President Obama learning a student name in Malaysia
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama learns a girl’s name as he greets students on a tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation, an education program for refugee and low-income children, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

An outdoor toilet of a refugee camp in Sinjar town, in Idlib province, Syria

An outdoor toilet is seen outside tents at a makeshift refugee camp for internally displaced Syrians in Sinjar town, in Idlib province, Syria.

Christmas tree in Washington


The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 74-foot Lutz spruce taken from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska is lifted onto the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington