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Somalia blood appeal after Mogadishu truck bombing

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:36:06 GMT

Somalia's government says the death toll is likely to rise from 281 and more help is urgently needed.

Cairo 'most dangerous' megacity for women - survey

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:13:31 GMT

A survey of 19 megacities around the world finds the Egyptian capital the least friendly to women.

US Open: Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win titles on same day

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:54:53 GMT

Married couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb make sporting history by winning US Open squash titles on the same day.

Liberia election: Weah and Boakai headed for presidential run-off

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:14:23 GMT

Former football star George Weah is in the lead, with current vice-president Joseph Boakai second.

Ivory Coast crash: Four die when cargo plane plunges into sea

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:28:27 GMT

Four Moldovans are killed and four French nationals are among the six injured.

St Helena's new airport boosts tourism hopes

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:33:45 GMT

Tourists can now fly to the rocky island where Napoleon died, Darwin studied and Captain Cook docked.

100 Women: 'I look down and I see a hand on my boob'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:09:59 GMT

More than half of women in Kenya have been harassed on public transport, according to a recent study - Anita Nderu is one of them.

Mogadishu: Somalis protest against al-Shabab

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:54:43 GMT

Somalis reacted to a devastating bomb attack on Saturday by marching and donating blood.

Yannick Bolasie rap battles 10-year-old school girl Goodness

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:02:37 GMT

Everton winger and rap fan Yannick Bolasie takes on 10-year-old schoolgirl Goodness in a battle of their lyrical skills as part of the Premier League's literacy and poetry competition.

South Africa's Zanzibaris fight for land

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:56:44 GMT

The minority community in South Africa's Durban fighting locals over a housing development project.

Jacob Zuma and South Africa's 'spy tapes' explained

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:55:26 GMT

Why corruption charges against South Africa's leader were dropped in 2009.

Weah there's a will, there's a way: son Tim on copying father George

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:49:20 GMT

Timothy Weah says he is not overawed by the prospect of following the footsteps of famous father, and Liberian legend, George.

Mali crush Iraq to cruise into U-17 World Cup quarters

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:14:01 GMT

Africa is guaranteed a semi-final place at the Under-17 World Cup in India after Mali beat Iraq 5-1 in Goa.

Ivorian Kalou buoyed by Hertha's anti-racism protest

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:23:39 GMT

Hertha Berlin's Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou compares racism to terrorism as he explains why the German side "took the knee" on Saturday.

Mahrez strike grabs Leicester draw

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:22:31 GMT

Riyad Mahrez's first goal of the season rescues a point for struggling Leicester City against West Bromwich Albion.

Adejuwon Soyinka: Lessons from Catalonia

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:16:47 GMT

The crisis in Spain's Catalonia region is being closely watched in Nigeria and Cameroon, where secessionist movements have been stepping up campaigns for independence.

Pumza Fihlani: SA murder ruling after 46 years

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:58:00 GMT

The inquest into the 1971 death of an anti-apartheid activist finds he was murdered.

Dickens Olewe: What next in Kenya's election crisis?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:13:02 GMT

Kenya is due to hold a re-run of the 8 August elections later this month but the withdrawal of the main opposition candidate has called it into question.

Nasidi Adamu Yahaya: Banker's wardrobe row

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:34:06 GMT

How a picture of a Nigerian Muslim woman and top banker caused outrage on social media.

Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:32:08 GMT

The BBC looks at the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which is fighting to overthrow the Nigerian government and create an Islamic state in parts of West Africa.

Wrecked lives of Kasai

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:20:41 GMT

Violent clashes between government and rebel forces has led to huge civilian displacement.

Food security

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:04:56 GMT

Helping communities feed themselves during political and environmental instability.

One month after the mudslide

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:37:59 GMT

One month ago, a mudslide devastated parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Where 'spirits' come to life

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:34:46 GMT

Egungun - the festival where "spirits" come to life. Photographs by Charlie Northcott & Joshua Akinyemi.

Surviving Sierra Leone's mudslide

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.

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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Will Nigeria avoid repeating past mistakes?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:04:28 GMT

Many of the hopes Nigerians had at independence have been dashed, writes Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.

Joseph Warungu: Bible-bashing in Kenya's election

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 23:25:40 GMT

Joseph Warungu reflects on how the Bible has taken centre stage in the battle for the Kenyan an presidency.

Elizabeth Ohene: London’s coconut fad

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:53:31 GMT

Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on how London has changed and how it compares to Accra.

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.

Somali bomb victims

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:59:16 GMT

A Facebook page is helping to identify those killed or missing in Somalia's deadliest terror attack in a decade.

An African legend - and me

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:05:19 GMT

Thirty years after his death, Becky Branford recalls interviewing Burkina Faso's legendary leader just before he was assassinated.

Mogadishu mourns

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:52:22 GMT

Deadly bomb attacks in Somalia kill at least 281 people but there are no hashtags of solidarity

Strutting their stuff

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:51:13 GMT

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

Death of the Nile

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:12:21 GMT

Can the world's longest river be saved?

Reality check

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:52:48 GMT

It's been claimed that US dogs have better access to cancer treatment than Nigerian people. Do they?

Worst odds

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:08:41 GMT

The countries where most girls don't even get to start primary school.

Follow the money

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:00:03 GMT

China was recently a foreign aid recipient but now rivals the US as the world's largest donor, research shows.

Toxic brand

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 23:24:52 GMT

Can the controversial Gupta family's business survive in South Africa?

Donkey 'crisis'

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:16:30 GMT

The demand for donkey products in China is wiping out millions of animals, many of them in Africa.