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Ghana election commission website hit by cyber attack

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:02:30 GMT

Hackers target Ghana electoral commission's website, as votes from tight poll are counted.

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:10:22 GMT

A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction.

First US Somali lawmaker gets 'Islamophobic threats' in taxi

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:20:01 GMT

The first US Somali lawmaker says she was subjected to "hateful" anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver.

Kenya court halts HIV data collection

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:59:03 GMT

Kenya's high court rules that a government directive to collect data about HIV children is unconstitutional.

Kenya Muslims 'targeted in extrajudicial killings'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:51:50 GMT

A Kenyan rights group says police have killed more than 80 mainly Muslims in extrajudicial killings over four years.

Indian operation for '500kg' Egyptian

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:56 GMT

An Egyptian woman, said to weigh 500kg, is to be airlifted to India for weight reduction surgery.

Cameroon protests: 'People have been gassed, shot and flogged'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:07:43 GMT

A resident in Bamenda describes ongoing clashes after weeks of protests against the use of French in courts and schools in English-speaking parts of Cameroon.

Giraffes added to vulnerable list

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:04:19 GMT

Giraffes have been classified as vulnerable to extinction. Chester Zoo says humans are to blame.

100 Women 2016: Gcina Mhlope, South Africa's multilingual storyteller

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:14:42 GMT

Gcina Mhlope is a traditional storyteller who narrates her tales in four South African languages.

What's Up Africa: Satirist as Fifa's new anti-corruption tsar

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:58:31 GMT

Satirist Ikenna Azuike thinks he will be Fifa's new anti-corruption tsar.

Namibians want town renamed ǃNamiǂNûs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:47 GMT

Residents of the Namibian town of Luderitz are at odds over whether they should scrap its German colonial name.

Ghana elections: Voters's unique way of holding a place in the queue

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:41:27 GMT

Voters in northern Ghana have a special way of reserving their place in polling station queues.

Fifa bans former South Africa FA president

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:48:36 GMT

The South African FA president during the 2010 World Cup has been banned for five years by Fifa in connection with a match-fixing scandal involving the national team.

Ivorian Bailly returns from injury

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:42:47 GMT

Manchester United beat Zorya Luhansk to reach the last-32 of the Europa League as Henrik Mkhitaryan opens his account.

Patience Atuhaire: Why a palace lies in ruins

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:05:15 GMT

The palace of a Ugandan king and he has been charged with murder - why?

Martin Patience: 'We survived Boko Haram but face starvation'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:25 GMT

Up to 120,000 people risk starving to death amid the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the UN warns.

Kennedy Gondwe: The MP who was excommunicated over HIV

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:38:45 GMT

Princess Kasune is one of Zambia's most outspoken Aids activists and was recently elected to become its first publicly known HIV-positive MP.

Africa's top shots: 25 November-1 December 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:53:50 GMT

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

'Extravagant grannies...'

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:19:01 GMT

This year's Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria brings together well-known photographers and their take on identity in Africa.

Concrete canvas

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:31:45 GMT

After nearly three years of war, South Sudanese artists want to get the country thinking and talking about peace, and have landed on a novel way to do it.

Octopus hunters of Zanzibar

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:18:17 GMT

The white beaches of Zanzibar’s coast are home to the octopus hunters, in search of the delicacy.

Behind the hawker hustle

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:25:04 GMT

Photos of street vendors from across Africa who it is thought account for more than half of the continent's work force.

Spectacular Botswana

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:15:28 GMT

Spectacular landscape and wildlife provide some stunning images from Botswana.

Vaccine sprint

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:47:21 GMT

Africa's worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years prompts a race to protect millions of people from the disease, complicated by a shortage of vaccines.

Portraits from India

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:46:04 GMT

Photographer Mahesh Shantaram documents the lives of Africans living in India.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Why I wanted to learn Igbo

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:50:04 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani recalls how she was banned from speaking her mother tongue.

Elizabeth Ohene: Ghana's election parables

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:31:16 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene explains the hidden meanings of parables during election season.

Sola Odunfa: Why Nigeria needs history lessons

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:49:53 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa looks at why it is a good idea for Nigeria to reintroduce history as a school subject.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: What next for Chibok girls?

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:06:37 GMT

#BringBackOurGirls was a global campaign to free girls and women who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Now some are free, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at what lies ahead for them.

Abandoned by the army

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:56:19 GMT

President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia surprised the world earlier this month when he lost elections - the BBC's Umaru Fofana looks at the reasons behind his defeat.

'Limping giant'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:43:51 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali considers why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone.

Smoke and mirrors

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:41:00 GMT

Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.

Seeking power

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:24:55 GMT

President Mahama is seeking re-election after serving a four-year first term plagued by power cuts.

Third time lucky?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:31:12 GMT

The Ghana opposition leader hopes his industry vow will make the difference, writes Adelaide Arthur.

Snatched and inducted

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:23:11 GMT

Abducted as a child by Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, Dominic Ongwen became one of its most ruthless commanders, so should he face trial at the ICC?

Ten-year visa scam

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:03 GMT

An organised crime ring was giving out real US visas in Ghana's capital Accra for a decade - how did they get away with it for so long?

Australian dream

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:12:54 GMT

Could the former Sudanese child soldier and refugee Deng Adut be crowned Australian of the year?

Post it

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:40:29 GMT

What role do postcards and letters play in this digital age? Some businesses think there is a gap in the market.

A Trump-like shock

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:45:54 GMT

The life story of Gambian property developer Adama Barrow, who has pulled off a Trumpian shock with his election win.