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Angolans choose new leader to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:31:53 GMT

Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the world's second-longest serving president, is stepping down.

The man who wants to sell rhino horns

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:46:35 GMT

Rhino breeder John Hume says open trade is the only way to raise funds for the species and stop poaching.

Boris Johnson: Libya is terror fight front line

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:45:18 GMT

The UK foreign secretary pledges £9m to tackle people trafficking and terrorism during a visit.

Africa to bid for 2025 World Athletics Championships

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:50:05 GMT

Africa will bid to stage the World Athletics Championships, which it has never hosted, in 2025, says the continent's head of athletics.

Egypt criticises US decision to withhold military aid

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:09:00 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry says the move - not yet announced by Washington - reflects "poor judgement".

Nigeria's Boko Haram conflict: Huge rise in child 'human bombs'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:33:26 GMT

There have been 83 cases so far this year - four times as many as all of last year, the UN says.

Nigerian president to 'work from home' after rat infestation

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:04:40 GMT

Muhammadu Buhari has just returned from extended medical leave, but now has an office infestation.

How Niger is trying to slow the world's highest birth rate

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:50:36 GMT

Women in Niger have an average of more than seven children each - the highest birth rate in the world.

Angola election: Voters queue at polling stations

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:00:08 GMT

President José Eduardo Dos Santos is stepping down after 38 years in power.

Jollof rice: West Africa’s culinary king?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:09:43 GMT

Food lovers in Nigeria have been attending the inaugural Jollof festival in the commercial capital Lagos.

Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down after 38 years

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:33:34 GMT

Jose Eduardo dos Santos is stepping down after 38 years as president of Angola but is he really giving up power?

Libya crisis: Benghazi shootings video mars 'victory'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:40:57 GMT

Just weeks after the Libyan city was declared liberated from Islamists, footage shows more bloodshed.

Can these super-crops feed Africa?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:36:48 GMT

Africa's population is set to boom over the next few decades - reaching 2.5 billion people by 2050. Scientists in Kenya are trying to find ways of growing enough food for everyone.

Ola Aina: England youth international earns Nigeria call-up

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:56:18 GMT

Former England youth international Ola Aina is named in Nigeria's squad for September's back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon.

Huddersfield sign Moroccan Sabiri

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:12:48 GMT

Huddersfield Town sign Nuremberg forward Abdelhamid Sabiri for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

Celtic: Ajax Cape Town announce that deal agreed to sell Rivaldo Coetzee

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:45:48 GMT

Ajax Cape Town announce they have reached a deal to sell Rivaldo Coetzee to Celtic, pending a medical and work permit application.

Clare Spencer: Dos Santos' long goodbye

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:27:13 GMT

Angolans go to the polls on Wednesday as President Dos Santos steps down after 38 years in power.

Pumza Fihlani: Saving Grace

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:00:29 GMT

Diplomacy has triumphed over justice in the assault case against Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe in South Africa, writes the BBC's Pumza Fihlani.

Alastair Leithead: Lagos' growing pains

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:44:11 GMT

Thirty years from now the population of Nigeria will have doubled. How can Lagos - Africa's largest city - cope with its spiralling numbers?

Hunger in first 1,000 days

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:58:14 GMT

How child malnutrition affects communities across Ghana.

Eritrea capital Asmara makes World Heritage list

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:08:55 GMT

Architecture from the colonial era left an "exceptional example" of modernism, judges say.

Portraits of a migrant

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:23:16 GMT

Portraits of Libyan migrants taken on board the vessel that rescued them.

Style in the slum

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:32:23 GMT

His neighbours, in what is probably the world's most famous slum, stare but he doesn't care.

Rumble in the jungle

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:32:32 GMT

Visiting the boxers of Kinshasa, 43 years after Ali and Foreman fought in the Rumble in the Jungle.

New faces of Africa

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 23:49:16 GMT

The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.

Nairobi's new railway

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:30:42 GMT

A peek at Africa's newest railway, running from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa.

The gospel train

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:04:24 GMT

For 20 years, a Christian group has held prayers on a train carriage during their one hour commute.

Tradesmen of Kumasi

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:14:15 GMT

Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.

Elizabeth Ohene: Why I don't love dogs

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:32:04 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on her lack of passion for dogs.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Boko Haram love

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:25:47 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers why women abducted by Boko Haram and then released would choose to return to their captors.

Yousra Elbagir: Big and beautiful in Sudan

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:32:35 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir explores Sudanese women's appetite for weight gain pills.

Joseph Warungu: Free in Freetown

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:29:24 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu makes his maiden visit to Sierra Leone.

'How I saved my siblings'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:05:46 GMT

Five survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide give harrowing accounts of their loss and how they escaped death.

Where 'spirits' come to life

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:34:46 GMT

Egungun - the festival where "spirits" come to life.

Population boom

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:50:54 GMT

Alastair Leithead assesses the consequences for a country where women have an average 7.6 children each.

Cry Sierra Leone

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:30:51 GMT

Reporter Umaru Fofana reflects on a week that saw horrific mudslide and flooding in the capital, Freetown.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:53:56 GMT

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans this week.

Desperate straits

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:13:34 GMT

More migrants now head for Spain from the "Tangier Triangle" in Morocco, as Gavin Lee reports.

Collecting corpses

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:41:31 GMT

Volunteers are working to prevent rotting human remains causing a health emergency.

Distress calls

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:49:44 GMT

Italian prosecutors are investigating him and others for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.