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Sudan government accused of using chemical weapons in Darfur

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:08:17 GMT

The Sudanese government is allegedly using chemical weapons against its own people, with dozens of children among 200 killed in Darfur, Amnesty International alleges.

One in 10 children has 'Aids defence'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:19:33 GMT

A 10th of children have a "monkey-like" immune system that stops them developing Aids, researchers say.

US sanctions allies of DR Congo's President Kabila

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:47:49 GMT

The US imposes sanctions on two top security officials allied to DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila, accusing them of suppressing the opposition.

South African teen wins Google prize for orange peel innovation

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:49:48 GMT

A 16-year-old South African wins a Google prize for using orange peel to develop a cheap super-absorbent material to help soil retain water.

Ugandan shot by US police 'pointed object'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:37:36 GMT

Police in California say they shot dead a Ugandan refugee because he pulled an object that turned out to be an e-cigarette from his pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance".

Trade in endangered pangolins banned

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:53:45 GMT

A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Lagos hawkers: Nuisance or necessity?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:42:36 GMT

The authorities in Nigeria's main city of Lagos are cracking down on street hawkers, blaming them for traffic jams.

Drones - good or bad for Africa?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:52:57 GMT

Drone use is on the rise in Africa but regulators are unsure if they are a good or bad thing for the continent.

What Afropunk says about identity

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:13:46 GMT

When Brooklyn's Afropunk music festival came to London it raised questions about black identity.

Timbuktu vandal world's first cultural war criminal

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:51:13 GMT

An Islamist militant who destroyed shrines in Timbuktu is the first person to be sentenced for cultural war crimes.

Timbuktu : The rescue of vital ancient manuscripts

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:36:00 GMT

Following a landmark trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, an Islamist militant will be sentenced on Tuesday for destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu.

Pangolin: The most trafficked mammal in the world

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:08:05 GMT

A conference in South Africa could make the trade in pangolin illegal.

African Champions League: Egypt's Zamalek hope to have fans for final against Sundowns

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:02:21 GMT

Egypt's Zamalek want a capacity crowd to attend the second leg of the African Champions League final in Cairo, despite long-running security restrictions.

Caf's Nyantakyi and Camara elected to Fifa council

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:02:08 GMT

Kwesi Nyantakyi and Almamy Kabele Camara are elected to represent Caf in two new seats on the Fifa Council.

Didi Akinyelure: The six lives of Boko Haram's leader

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:31:39 GMT

Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist group Boko Haram has once more released a video to reject reports that he had been killed. He has been reported dead five times already.

Oluwashina Okeleji: What is the secret of Nigerian powerlifters' success?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:20:10 GMT

As Nigeria's Paralympians return from Rio victorious, BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji asks what the faltering national football team could learn from them.

Nesrine Abdelrahim: Video sparks Arabic v French war of words

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:14:44 GMT

A teacher in Algeria, where most people speak French, is disciplined after leading her class in a celebration of Arabic at the start of the new school year.

Isa Sanusi: Can Buhari get Nigerians to queue again?

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:43:16 GMT

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari recently launched a behaviour change campaign similar to his successful war against indiscipline in the 1980s. The BBC's Isa Sanusi asks if it will work.

Africa's top shots: 16-22 September 2016

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:17:40 GMT

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

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.

Child's first sight

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:10:44 GMT

Criscent Bwambale, six, sees for the first time after an operation to remove cataracts in Uganda.

Everyday Eritrea

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:49:21 GMT

Images of Eritrea by the BBC's Mary Harper.

In pictures: Muhammad Ali's love affair with Africa

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:58:17 GMT

From Muhammad Ali's most famous fight to his friendship with Nelson Mandela, photos that tell the story of the boxer's relationship with Africa.

In pictures: Play, prayers and power explored at Dak'Art

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:12:36 GMT

Contemporary African art is showcased at a biennale in Senegal every two years. Photographer Ricci Shryock met the artists behind the works.

The barbers of Freetown

Wed, 25 May 2016 03:12:52 GMT

Photographer Olivia Acland's pictures of the barbers who shape the hair of the residents of Freetown in Sierra Leone.

In pictures: The squatters of Mozambique's Grande Hotel

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:06:59 GMT

The Grande Hotel in Mozambique's coastal city of Beira is home to 3,500 squatters. Photojournalist Fellipe Abreu visited the building once dubbed the "Pride of Africa".

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Hairy subject

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:57:32 GMT

Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani questions whether a South African school's hair rules really were racist or if something else was at play.

Elizabeth Ohene: The wheelchair gap

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:04:29 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers the gap between Paralympic wonder and the reality for wheelchair users in Ghana.

Joseph Warungu: Parental bliss

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:28:32 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, social commentator Joseph Warungu asks why the governing coalition has launched a new political party.

Farai Sevenzo: Truth tests

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:48:31 GMT

A plan to give Nigerian police recruits lie-detector tests is no guarantee of trustworthy officers, writes film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo.

Elizabeth Ohene: Switching allegiances

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:35:52 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene ponders whether it matters that Olympians have switched nationalities.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: 'She is my daughter'

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:15:24 GMT

In our series of letters by African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at a mother’s desperate battle to recover her kidnapped toddler.

A new 'lunatic line'?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:42:54 GMT

Kenyan plans to build a railway across a national park, but could it be a new version of the so-called "lunatic line" to nowhere, asks Alastair Leithhead.

'People are dying'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:04:42 GMT

The lucrative counterfeit drugs trade causes hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Technology can help fight it, but are big pharma and governments doing enough?

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi: The vandal of Timbuktu

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:05:52 GMT

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has pleaded guilty to destroying sacred sites in Timbuktu, Mali, in the first case concerning cultural artefacts at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Italy's African village

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:52:57 GMT

Once heading for the status of ghost town, Riace is now growing as migrants have moved into abandoned homes.

Nellie the enemy?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:36:38 GMT

As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Foolish prince

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:15:03 GMT

Ethiopian prince Lij Iyasu was deposed after fears he had converted to Islam. But it also put an end to the threat of Ethiopia entering into World War One, writes Martin Plaut.

Danger ahead

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:47:29 GMT

A mother-of-three inspires thousands by walking 250km across Somalia to prove the country finally has peace.

Leadership goals

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:37:13 GMT

Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura says more must be done to make all elements of the football industry more open to women and minorities.

Get off my land!

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:03:44 GMT

Up to a billion people in Africa derive their main income from farming, but many get embroiled in disputes over whether they really own their land. Can tech help?

King of Pop inspires

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:10:04 GMT

After Ghana's president John Mahama quoted lines from Michael Jackson's Heal the World at the UN, here are five more politicians who used their favourite lyric to make a point.

Gandhi the racist?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:09:53 GMT

Some academics in Ghana have started a petition to take down a statue of ‘racist’ Gandhi.

Fearful future

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:11:29 GMT

As the security situation in DR Congo appears to be deteriorating, the BBC looks at the reasons behind the protests against President Kabila's rule.

Testing for Ebola

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:04:33 GMT

Early diagnosis of disease is literally a matter of life and death, so the race is on to produce cheaper, faster, lighter kits to help doctors and nurses in the field.

Gone in three hours

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:20:11 GMT

A few days ago on the way to the office, BBC Nigeria reporter Stephanie Hegarty grabbed breakfast at a new juice bar on the Lagos street where she lives. Three hours later, it was gone.