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Kasai unrest: UN experts 'found dead' in DR Congo

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:15:50 GMT

The bodies of a US man and a Swedish woman are found two weeks after they were abducted.

Ahmed Kathrada: South Africa's anti-apartheid veteran dies

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:27:44 GMT

Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison for his activism, was a close associate of Nelson Mandela.

Attacks on Nigerian students shock India

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:59:50 GMT

Angry crowds near Delhi blamed the students for the death of a teenager from a suspected overdose.

DR Congo protests turn violent after power-sharing talks collapse

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:23:27 GMT

Violence erupts after negotiations aimed at ending President Kabila's 17 years in power break down.

Senegal v Ivory Coast: Lamine Gassama tackled in Paris friendly pitch invasion

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:21:28 GMT

A pitch invasion sees Senegal's Lamine Gassama tackled by a fan as their friendly with Ivory Coast in Paris is abandoned.

Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:23:37 GMT

The disease has infected more than 1,000 people in one of the worst outbreaks for years.

South Sudan attack 'could hinder aid deliveries'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:24:32 GMT

"Shocking" killing of aid workers is causing charities to re-assess famine relief in South Sudan.

Tanzania rapper Nay wa Mitego freed after Magufuli criticism

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:25:32 GMT

Tanzania's president "loves" a rap song which had led to the arrest of the artist, who is now free.

Violette Uwamahoro: Rwanda court releases UK woman

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:24:42 GMT

A judge says no evidence warrants detaining the pregnant woman and frees her after five weeks in custody.

Kathrada: Colleagues didn't live to see democracy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:30:23 GMT

Ahmed Kathrada, one of the big names of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle has died at the age of 87.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Kathrada: 'Same pain as Mandela'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:26:39 GMT

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife has paid tribute to the South African anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, who has died aged 87.

What's Up Africa: Pastor Doom? Why not Pastor Whipped Cream?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:29:30 GMT

What's Up Africa: Were customs officers left a little red-faced at Johannesburg Airport?

It's miraculous, says South Africa's spinach king

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:20:49 GMT

Lufefe Nomjana grows, bakes and sells healthy spinach bread and juices in his local community.

South African astrologer fights to legalise 'magic' mushrooms

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:22:25 GMT

An astrologer in South Africa is fighting to get "magic" mushrooms legalised for use in spiritual ceremonies.

Why mix earthworms and cocoa shells?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:29:48 GMT

The Ivorian farmers benefiting from a unique, but labour intensive, blend of compost.

South Sudan and Comoros advance in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:31:05 GMT

South Sudan thrash Djibouti to join Comoros, who beat Mauritius, in the group stage of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana's former video analyst Gerard Nus ends protest

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:47:26 GMT

A former member of Ghana's coaching team, Gerard Nus, ends his sit-in protest as he is paid all his bonuses by the football association.

Thomas Fessy: What is behind Congo police beheadings?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:09:37 GMT

Up to 400 people have reportedly been killed in the central DR Congo province of Kasai - what is going on?

Ijeoma Ndukwe: Is Nigerian Fanta and Sprite safe to drink?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:17:56 GMT

A recent court case in Nigeria highlights concerns that locally made drinks may be considered unsafe for human consumption.

Milton Nkosi: Colonialism tweets undermine SA opposition

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:52:18 GMT

Colonial tweets by former party leader could end South African opposition party's chances of winning the next election.

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.

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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: US state of mind

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:36:25 GMT

How Nigerians obsess about life in the US

Sola Odunfa: Do Nigerians go on holiday?

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:43:14 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa examines the attitude of Nigerians to holidaying, at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than a month on "medical vacation" in the UK.

Elizabeth Ohene: '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.

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.

Top of the class

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:03:11 GMT

An area infamous for its high crime rate is now being associated with academic excellence.

Banned from school

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:04:28 GMT

Photographs of the young girls banned from attending school

Africa's top shots: 17-24 March 2017

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:50:40 GMT

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

Off the handle

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:33:23 GMT

Spare a thought for those who are given troublesome names. In Zambia, Chris Haslam came across some very surprising choices.

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.

‘Vegetable ivory’

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:41 GMT

A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.

The face of hunger

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:56:19 GMT

Family portraits from the heart of the hunger crisis in Somaliland.

Reality Check

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:28:10 GMT

Kenya's civil servants receive more tax revenue than those in other sub-Saharan African countries.