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South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:10:53 GMT

South African police use force to break up rival groups at an anti-immigrant protest in Pretoria.

East Africa to track trucks from Mombasa port to stop theft

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:40:58 GMT

Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda adopt a truck-tracking system to prevent theft and speed up goods in transit.

Briton Susan Howarth 'killed and tortured' in South Africa

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:23:59 GMT

Briton Susan Howarth and her husband were attacked at their farm in an early-morning raid.

East Libya bans travel for those aged between 18 and 45

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:29:59 GMT

Men and women between those ages need permission from the security services to travel abroad.

Fox show apologises for Kenya Westgate attack video

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:31:04 GMT

The producers of 24: Legacy say footage of the 2013 Nairobi attack will be cut from all broadcasts.

The Gambia: Jammeh's spy master Yankuba Badjie arrested

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:32:49 GMT

Mr Badjie is said to have personally presided over torture sessions under ex-President Yahya Jammeh.

Lesotho's 'pilot' fruit and flower farm

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:42:21 GMT

As part of a World Bank pilot programme, smallholders in Lesotho have been offered a stake in a commercial venture.

Ethiopia's love of raw meat, but too hot for BBC reporter

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:17:39 GMT

Raw meat is considered a delicious delicacy by many in Ethiopia.

'Our textiles use iconic symbols of Lesotho'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:16 GMT

The graphic designers using Lesotho's cultural symbols to produce fashion and home interiors.

UN promises to stamp out abuse after child rape allegations

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:08:50 GMT

Child abuse allegations have been made against French and UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

Addicted to art

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:17:49 GMT

Nigerian-British artist Adeniyi Olagunju, who takes everyday objects and reshapes them in surprising ways, says he is "addicted to the creative process".

Helping Ghanaian children through a love of reading

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:01:13 GMT

From dozens to thousands, how a Ghanaian charity has helped children improve their spelling

Caf elections: Amaju Pinnick criticised for vote revelation

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:41:00 GMT

NFF president Amaju Pinnick is criticised for saying who he will vote for on behalf of the body in next month's Caf presidential election.

Caf elections: Fifa president Infantino has 'no say' in matter

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:10:37 GMT

Fifa president Gianni Infantino states he has no influence on next month's Confederation of African Football presidential elections.

Martin Patience: Why is Nigeria's president still in London?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:14:13 GMT

Rumours are rife about the state of Muhammadu Buhari's health - and about his grip on power.

Dickens Olewe: How Africa is struggling to cope with fake news

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:05:10 GMT

Are African media dealing with fake news effectively?

Fergal Keane: Refereeing warlords in the age of Trump

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:22:07 GMT

A change of attitude towards peace missions under President Trump could spell disaster for places like CAR.

Pumza Fihlani: The mentally ill patients killed in care homes

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:40:36 GMT

The silent deaths of 94 mentally ill patients in South Africa is symptomatic of their place in society, but their families want explanations, writes the BBC's Pumza Fihlani.

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 top shots: 10-16 February 2017

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:24:18 GMT

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

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.

Preserving rural Mali

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 01:00:41 GMT

Photographer Boukary Konate is documenting scenes from rural life in his native Mali for the "internet generation", and before this way of life disappears entirely.

'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.

Yousra Elbagir: Global pariah

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:52:34 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sudanese columnist Yousra Elbagir explains what it is like to live in a country subject to US sanctions.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Nigeria's art of flowery language

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:45:13 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the art of Nigerian verbosity.

Elizabeth Ohene: 'Honourable for life'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:41:51 GMT

Life as an MP in Ghana is a tough and short-lived stint, but the privilege of being called "Honourable" is worth the trouble, writes Elizabeth Ohene.

Joseph Warungu: Striking a pose in 2017

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:11:45 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu identifies key people, places and events to watch out for in Africa in 2017.

Ebrima Sillah: Home sweet home

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:04:41 GMT

After 12 years, Ebrima Sillah, who was forced to flee The Gambia for being too critical of Yahya Jammeh, hopes to return home.

Mannir Dan Ali: '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.

Africa's top shots: 17-23 February 2017

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:16:26 GMT

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

'Joining the desperadoes'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:06:24 GMT

Elizabeth Ohene considers Ghanaians' wanderlust as her compatriots join those taking risks to claim asylum abroad.

'One is enough'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:40:15 GMT

Polygamy is widely accepted all over Nigeria but one of the country's most prominent Muslim leaders is trying to ban the practice - in some cases.

Famine returns

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:40:56 GMT

The UN has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years. So why has famine returned?

'Wanted for my body parts'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:09:39 GMT

An albino hunted for her body parts tells the BBC she lives in fear after surviving a kidnap attempt in Malawi.

Inexcusable inaction

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:41:33 GMT

More than 600 black South Africans drowned in WW1 when their ship was struck by a Royal Mail vessel. But why did the captain blamed for the tragedy do nothing to help?

'I only had basic painkillers'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:45:03 GMT

A patient and a doctor in Kenya tell their stories of the dispute that is now into its 10th week.

'Hungry caterpillars'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:39:11 GMT

A new hungry caterpillar is threatening African crops already badly hit by record droughts.

Mobile money

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:35:04 GMT

How mobile technology is profoundly changing access to money in the developing world.