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South Africa's Western Cape declares drought disaster

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:11:20 GMT

Southern African nations are reeling from a two-year drought, according to the UN.

Zimbabwe hunter 'crushed to death by shot elephant'

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:39:33 GMT

The elephant had reportedly picked up Theunis Botha with its trunk before being shot dead.

UK racist jailed for attacking Somali woman

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:11:02 GMT

David Gallacher repeatedly kicked the Muslim woman, resulting in her losing her unborn baby.

$5 solar light designed for Africa

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:11:36 GMT

Manchester's Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 in African countries.

Chibok girls: 82 reunited with families in Nigeria

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:33:06 GMT

The girls, kidnapped in 2014, were released two weeks ago and have finally met their parents.

Egypt refers 48 to court over Coptic church bombings

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:19:39 GMT

The suspects are believed linked to attacks on Coptic churches claimed by the Islamic State group.

South African men march against abuse of women and children

Sat, 20 May 2017 20:46:20 GMT

The protest in Pretoria follows a spate of sexual attacks and murders that has shocked the country.

Chibok girls reunited with families

Sun, 21 May 2017 10:36:08 GMT

Eighty-two of the Chibok girls captured by Boko Haram in 2014 have been returned to their families. The whereabouts of more than 100 girls is still unknown.

'I got hooked on Shakespeare, it was an outlet'

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:06:02 GMT

A group of homeless men in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, have found solace and hope in performing Shakespeare plays.

Will the Ivory Coast mutiny affect business?

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:58:18 GMT

A mutiny by soldiers in Ivory Coast is threatening to destabilise business confidence in the country.

Danny Boyle searching for South Africa's township talent

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:13:21 GMT

Filmmaker Danny Boyle travels to the townships of Johannesburg to search for talented dancers.

Senegal make winning start at U20 World Cup

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:03:49 GMT

Senegal begin their Fifa under-20 World Cup campaign in triumphant fashion by beating Saudi Arabia 2-0.

Mali and Niger reach U-17 semi-finals to qualify for World Cup

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:48:48 GMT

Niger and Mali secure their place in the semi-finals of the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon to qualify for the Fifa World Cup in India in October.

Zambia's new national strip unveiled

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:06:34 GMT

After nearly three years without a kit supplier, Zambia unveil a new strip ahead of their World Cup and Africa Cup qualifiers.

Tomi Oladipo: Is Africa facing a new wave of piracy?

Sun, 14 May 2017 23:45:00 GMT

A rise in seizures off the continent raises fears of a new era of maritime crime.

Mary Harper: How do you solve a problem like Somalia?

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:30:25 GMT

Can the latest international conference help the troubled state?

Alastair Leithead: What next for Chibok girls?

Tue, 09 May 2017 23:16:35 GMT

Twenty-one Chibok girls released in October 2016 have not been reunited with their families.

Tradesmen of Kumasi

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:14:15 GMT

Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.

River of life

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:11:26 GMT

Solving the water crisis for South Sudanese refugees.

Living with volcanoes

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:17:35 GMT

The archipelago where the landscape is idyllic but life tough.

World's vainest people?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:21:27 GMT

How the men of Chad's Wodaabe culture go about finding their brides at a desert festival where the stress is on make-up and clothes.

Nigeria's soot city

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:11:45 GMT

A mysterious case of pollution has turned Port Harcourt, known as "The Garden City", into a city covered in soot.

Saving Zanzibar

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:45:05 GMT

A group of local artisans is trying to preserve their island's buildings.

Drought battle

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:27:26 GMT

Kenyan herders are giving their own food to animals to keep them alive during the severe drought.

Africa's 2016 in pictures

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:24:57 GMT

A selection of the most striking news images from the African continent this year.

Mannir Dan Ali: Buhari's health

Mon, 01 May 2017 15:48:19 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali writes that President Muhamadu Buhari has been accused of being as secretive about his health as his US counterpart Donald Trump has been about his tax returns.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Price of sinning

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:14:42 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks into the culture of blind belief in destiny.

Elizabeth Ohene: Remembering Kathy

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:27:30 GMT

Elizabeth Ohene reminisces about meeting the late South African anti-apartheid hero Ahmed Kathrada.

Yousra Elbagir: Sudan's uncensored poets

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:14:05 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists Yousra Elbagir looks at Sudan's rich history of lyrical resistance at a time of state censorship and control.

Will I be next?

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:23:13 GMT

Feelings are heightened in South Africa over the safety of women, writes the BBC's Nomsa Maseko following a series of violent attacks against women.

'Our pyramids are bigger'

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:19:40 GMT

Why a bitter row has broken out between Egyptians and Sudanese on social media.

After Boko Haram

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:09:18 GMT

In April 2014 Islamist militants kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria.

Africa's week in pictures: 12 - 18 May 2017

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:20:24 GMT

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

The deal maker

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:17:53 GMT

The lawyer behind the release of 82 women captured by Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Wearing the trousers

Sun, 14 May 2017 23:35:10 GMT

Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune mining for gemstones in Tanzania, and wasn't put off by the fact that women weren't allowed in the mines