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South Africa's ANC party leadership vote: Counting under way

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:21:49 GMT

Delegates are selecting a replacement for Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa's ruling party.

Libyan mayor Mohamad Eshtewi kidnapped and killed in Misrata

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:46:03 GMT

Mohamad Eshtewi's body was found dumped in the street after he was abducted by unidentified gunmen.

Dozens die in clash between Ethiopian Somalis and Oromos

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:17:11 GMT

The two ethnic groups share a long border and have fought in the past over wells and grazing land.

Egypt wins world squash double

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:21:02 GMT

Egyptian third seed Mohamed Elshorbagy beats his brother Marwan to win his first World Squash Championships title in Manchester.

Nigerian law graduate denied call to bar for wearing hijab

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:51:39 GMT

Amasa Firdaus was refused entry in Nigeria after insisting on wearing a headscarf under her wig.

Ethiopia 'Red Terror' aide Alemu jailed for war crimes

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:51:06 GMT

Dutch judges give Eshetu Alemu a life term for his role in the "Red Terror" purges of the 1970s.

Senegal air traffic control strike at new Dakar airport

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:55:53 GMT

Flights at the hub, opened only last week, are disrupted in a stoppage by air traffic controllers.

South Africans' messages to the ANC

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:31:32 GMT

What advice do South Africans have for the ruling party as it prepares to elect a new leader?

Jacob Zuma and the ANC: Are South Africa's dreams of freedom dead?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:36:00 GMT

One of the most important elections in South Africa’s modern history is taking place as the ruling African National Congress picks a new leader.

Will jollof rice be a UK trend for 2018?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:49:46 GMT

West African food is tipped by chefs and experts to be big in 2018.

South Africa's Jacob Zuma: Scandals and successes

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:51:32 GMT

Jacob Zuma has faced some controversies during his time as ANC leader.

Kenya's disputed election has hit growth

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:23:53 GMT

Post-election uncertainty in Kenya has affected business.

Digitally preserving Africa's artefacts

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:55:07 GMT

The National Museum of Kenya has started a new programme to digitally preserve African artefacts.

Salah, Mane and Aubameyang vie for Caf Player of the Year award

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:24:05 GMT

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the nominees for the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year award.

Ahmed Hegazi: West Brom make on-loan defender's move permanent

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:42:55 GMT

On-loan defender Ahmed Hegazi joins West Bromwich Albion on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

Hosts Kenya beat Zanzibar on penalites to win Cecafa Cup

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:01:07 GMT

Hosts Kenya win the 2017 Cecafa Challenge Cup, beating Zanzibar 3-2 on penalties after the final of the East and Central African Championship ends 2-2.

Fergal Keane explores the horrors of Congo's latest conflict

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:08:15 GMT

The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane travels to a land littered with tears and mass graves.

Lebo Diseko: Who will succeed Jacob Zuma?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:56:01 GMT

The strengths and weaknesses of the top two candidates battling to lead South Africa's ruling party.

Alex Duval Smith: The country where teachers have disappeared

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:13:42 GMT

Teachers have quietly disappeared amid the fighting in CAR so parents step in to learn to lead classes.

Robert Mugabe

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:14:25 GMT

A look at the career of Robert Mugabe, who has resigned as Zimbabwe's president after 37 years in power.

Holiday home

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:02:24 GMT

The 2CV is a vintage French car. But it is the car of choice for taxi drivers in the African island of Madagascar.

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:14:57 GMT

A shocking image of a dehorned black rhino makes Brent Stirton Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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.

Mannir Dan Ali: Why Nigeria needs multi-lingual soldiers

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:05:41 GMT

Instead of shouting to be heard, Nigerian soldiers are being told to learn more languages.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Escaping the leprosy colony

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 01:35:49 GMT

Ikoli Harcourt Whyte was diagnosed with leprosy as a teenager and spent most of his life in a leprosy colony but managed to compose some 200 hymns, writes Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.

Petina Gappah: Mugabe and me

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 01:19:16 GMT

As Zimbabweans usher in a new era, author Petina Gappah considers the long shadow ex-president Robert Mugabe has cast over her life.

Elizabeth Ohene: How parenting in Ghana differs from the US

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:21:24 GMT

Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene looks at how parenting styles in Ghana compares to those in the US.

After Zuma

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:03:45 GMT

South Africa's ruling party is getting ready to choose a new leader. Here is what you need to know.

Africa's week in pictures

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:33:54 GMT

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

Care for all in Kenya

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:14:41 GMT

These are the choices faced by many families living in Kenya's slums. Could technology help?

'Master of deception'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:11:36 GMT

President Macron has angered Algerians by asking their government to allow the return of anti-independence fighters.

Zuma lexicon

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:41:01 GMT

From "Zupta" to "Mantash", how Jacob Zuma's presidency has shaped the way South Africans speak.

Poverty tourist?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:34:51 GMT

The UK singer appeared in a short film for Comic Relief which has come under fire - but why?

Railway facelift

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:17:51 GMT

Nigeria has unveiled a major railway expansion project to ease congestion on roads. Ijeoma Ndukwe reports from Lagos.

Battle scars

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:38:43 GMT

One year on from a military campaign that successfully expelled so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, residents complain of the scale of destruction that remains there.

Barcelona's 'blanket men'

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:06:38 GMT

Street sellers are a divisive presence in Barcelona. Now they're trying to change their image.