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The Congolese road where everyone is hungry

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:26:15 GMT

Fergal Keane reveals the crisis in DR Congo's Kasai region, where millions face starvation.

Egypt singer jailed for 'inciting debauchery' in music video

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:23:25 GMT

Shyma, who was filmed eating a banana while in her underwear, is convicted of inciting debauchery.

Gambia denies hosting Russian imperial revival bid

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:41:30 GMT

Gambia denies reports that it will grant land for a Russian 'Romanov Empire' project.

Trafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in Sahel

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:50:33 GMT

The UN's drugs agency warns smuggling of the opioid tramadol, used by Boko Haram, must be stopped.

Oscar Pistorius hurt in prison fight in South Africa

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:39:52 GMT

The disgraced athlete, who was jailed after shooting dead his girlfriend, sustained minor injuries.

South Sudan clashes 'kill 170'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:08:44 GMT

Hundreds of homes have also been burnt, forcing the president to declare a state of emergency.

EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:36:54 GMT

The EU says its work to help migrants has actually made the situation better, not worse.

'Just like the sport, the hijab is a part of me'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:28:06 GMT

Maty Niang believes that practising her faith as a Muslim, and practising her hobby as a circus performer have no reason to clash.

Hunting the shipwrecks of the slave trade

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:09:33 GMT

Marine archaeologists in Senegal are diving on the wrecks of ships used in the transatlantic slave trade.

Helping poorer Kenyans pay for healthcare

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:13:56 GMT

Paying for healthcare in Kenya has got easier thanks to M-Tiba, a mobile "electronic health wallet".

AFOTY: Winner of BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017 revealed

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:30:30 GMT

BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017, Mohamed Salah, receives his prize from Jurgen Klopp.

Nigeria migrants' Libya detention centre love story

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:16:19 GMT

Mabel and Steven are now safely back in Nigeria after falling in love in a Libyan detention centre.

The luxurious ghost airport in one of the world's poorest countries

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:04:24 GMT

Nacalas International Airport in Mozambique operates at only 4% of its capacity.

Change in dates for Caf club competitions will begin in 2018

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:17:51 GMT

The Confederation of African Football outlines how the dates for its club competitions will begin to change in 2018.

Angola goalkeeper Rui aims to impress new coach Srdjan Vasiljevic

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:52:55 GMT

Angola goalkeeper Rui Jorge says he hopes he can earn the confidence of new coach Srdjan Vasiljevic ahead of January's African Nations Championship.

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool & Egypt striker 'becoming a boss' - Didier Drogba

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:11:14 GMT

Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says newly crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah is growing into a leader.

African champions Wydad finish sixth at Club World Cup

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:38:22 GMT

African champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco lose 3-2 to Japan's Asian Champions Urawa Red Diamonds to finish sixth at the Club World Cup.

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.

Ahmed Rouaba: Why Algerians are angry with France's president

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.

Flora Drury: Ed Sheeran's unwelcome charity video award

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?

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.

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.

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?

Africa’s week in pictures

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:27:59 GMT

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

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.

Unwrapping the past

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:59:25 GMT

An intact mummy, excavated a century ago, is the first to be scanned by an advanced X-ray system.