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Gambia crisis: Jammeh pleads for more time as troops close in

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:53:53 GMT

Yahya Jammeh asks for a deadline to cede power to his elected successor to be extended to 16:00 GMT.

Trump's presidency and Africa

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:01:41 GMT

How will Donald Trump's election to the US presidency affect Washington's relations with Africa?

Senegal beat Zimbabwe's Warriors

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:24:16 GMT

Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores as Senegal beat Zimbabwe to become the first team to reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

Islamic State conflict: US strikes in Libya 'kill 80 rebels'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:48:21 GMT

Around 100 bombs hit an Islamic State camp in Libya, authorised by President Barack Obama.

Afcon: Senegal's Diouf cautious over Afcon chances

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:48:00 GMT

Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf says "it is too early to say" if the quarter-finalists can go on to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

Al-Qaeda affiliate claims Mali car bomb attack in Gao

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:32:53 GMT

The suicide attack on a military base in northern Mali killed at least 50 people, officials say.

Nigeria air strike error: Urgent plea to evacuate wounded

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:54:36 GMT

The victims of Tuesday's accidental bombing should be compensated, Human Rights Watch says.

Gambian army chief joins in President Barrow celebrations

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:55:32 GMT

Gambian army chief Ousman Badjie dances with supporters of internationally backed President Adama Barrow.

Nigeria's kids' clothing seamstress-turned-entrepreneur

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:23:21 GMT

Adenike Ogunlesi found an exciting market for kids' clothing through her fashion label Ruff 'n' Tumble.

Gambia's new President Barrow warns 'rebels'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:39:04 GMT

The Gambia's new leader calls on soldiers to show their loyalty to him to ensure a peaceful transition of power.

Welcome to Lagos - tech incubator

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:59:53 GMT

A new crop of Nigerian developers is drawing on the depth of culture across the continent to make distinctly African games.

The Gambia crisis in 60 seconds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:03:30 GMT

A look at why The Gambia is in turmoil, forcing tourists to flee - in 60 seconds.

Why do we put 'The' in front of Gambia?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:34:44 GMT

A language expert explains why the African country is called The Gambia and not Gambia.

Ivory Coast v Congo DR

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:46:36 GMT

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's Africa Cup of Nations game between Ivory Coast and Congo DR.

Morocco v Togo

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:01:22 GMT

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's Africa Cup of Nations game between Morocco and Togo.

Nancy Kacungira: Obama and Africa

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:56:16 GMT

As Barack Obama steps down as US president, the BBC's Nancy Kacungira looks back at his legacy in Africa.

Emmanuel Igunza: Why cars are a luxury in Ethiopia

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:26:56 GMT

Owning a car for many Ethiopians - even those with ready cash to spend in one of the world's fastest-growing economies - remains a pipe dream, writes Emmanuel Igunza.

Pumza Fihlani: South Africa's booze battle

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:50:30 GMT

South Africa knows it has a huge problem with drink-driving and is considering some tough measures to tackle it, writes the BBC's Pumza Fihlani.

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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Long kisses

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:49:57 GMT

Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani picks out some of 2016's quirkier stories.

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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Why I wanted to learn Igbo

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:50:04 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani recalls how she was banned from speaking her mother tongue.

Elizabeth Ohene: Ghana's election parables

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:31:16 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene explains the hidden meanings of parables during election season.

Africa's top shots

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:29:58 GMT

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

Crisis in The Gambia

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:18:11 GMT

The Gambia is in crisis, with long-time leader Yahya Jammeh refusing to step down and allow the elected leader to take power.

'I saw dead children'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:59:10 GMT

An eyewitness relives the horror of an erroneous bombing by Nigeria's military of a camp for displaced people.

'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.

Cobra fang club

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:10:43 GMT

A growing number of snake farms are being set up in Kenya to attract paying visitors and breed snakes for export to Europe and North America.

Mogadishu to Ottawa

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:19:48 GMT

One man's journey from Mogadishu to Toronto and Parliament Hill.

Africa's top shots: 7-13 January 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:20:46 GMT

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

Horror comedy

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:01:14 GMT

A video by a Nigerian comedian that jokes about a gay man about to be sexually assaulted has sparked a heated debate.

Dodging the law?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:00:29 GMT

A Sudanese diplomat has avoided charges of alleged sexual abuse in the US by claiming diplomatic immunity - not the first envoy to do so.

'Advanced Mobility project'

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:42:16 GMT

Social media users in Kenya poke fun at President Kenyatta over the publicity given to his work.

Plagiarising presidents

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:54:21 GMT

After Ghana's new President Nana Akufo-Addo, a look back at other plagiarism scandals.