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Egypt Coptic Christians: IS claims attack

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:44:44 GMT

The IS statement comes as some of the 29 people killed in the attack are laid to rest.

Libya turmoil: Rival armed groups clash in capital, Tripoli

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:28:04 GMT

Militia groups opposed to the UN-backed government launch attacks on loyalist forces in Tripoli.

Legal victory for Kenya hunter-gatherers

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:20:20 GMT

A court blocks the Kenyan government's plan to evict hunter-gatherers from their ancestral land.

G7 talks: Trump isolated over Paris climate change deal

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:58:27 GMT

Germany called the climate change talks "very unsatisfactory", describing them as "six against one".

Burundi orders couples to wed amid drive to 'moralise society'

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:58:27 GMT

The government order comes after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign "to moralise society".

Nigeria schoolchildren seized in Lagos

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:06:06 GMT

The children were kidnapped from their school on the outskirts of Lagos.

Zambia expels South Africa's Mmusi Maimane

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:21:15 GMT

Mmusi Maimane had planned to attend the treason case of Zambia's main opposition leader.

Kidnapped and enslaved in a forest for three years

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:11:41 GMT

Faith was drugged and taken to a forest by al-Shabab militants fighting in Somalia.

Medical research centre frozen in time

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:06:41 GMT

Evgenia Arbugaeva photographs the people at the Amani Hill Station, Tanzania.

Where has all the food aid gone in the world's biggest refugee camp?

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:36:17 GMT

The UN says aid agencies are struggling to cope with the huge numbers of people arriving in Uganda after fleeing civil war in South Sudan.

Five things you might not know about Africa

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:37:29 GMT

Africa Day is 25 May, it marks the creation of the Organisation of African Unity, now called the African Union.

Aubameyang wins German Cup for Dortmund

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:15:28 GMT

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's chipped penalty wins the German Cup for Borussia Dortmund after three successive final defeats.

Algeria's overseas stars welcome U-turn on foreign players ban

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:55:13 GMT

Algeria's overseas stars welcome a U-turn on a rule banning Algerian clubs from signing foreign players.

SA leave U-20 World Cup with one point

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:18:34 GMT

South Africa exit the Under-20 World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay as Zambia, who are already in the next round, lose 1-0 to Costa Rica.

Charlotte Attwood: The sex slaves of al-Shabab

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:18:16 GMT

Last year Salama Ali uncovered a secret - that the al-Shabab militant group was seizing Kenyan woman and turning them into sex slaves.

Umaru Fofana: Waiting for take-off in West Africa

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:47:52 GMT

Flying between the West African capitals of Freetown and Banjul should take about an hour. But as the BBC's Umaru Fofana found out, it can be quicker and easier to fly via Morocco or even Belgium.

Catherine Byaruhanga: Has Joseph Kony been defeated?

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:12:01 GMT

The US and Uganda are stopping the hunt for notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony but he is still a threat.

Tradesmen of Kumasi

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:14:15 GMT

Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.

River of life

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:11:26 GMT

Solving the water crisis for South Sudanese refugees.

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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: The Chibok deal maker

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:17:53 GMT

The lawyer behind the release of 82 women captured by Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Mannir Dan Ali: Buhari's health

Mon, 01 May 2017 15:48:19 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali writes that President Muhamadu Buhari has been accused of being as secretive about his health as his US counterpart Donald Trump has been about his tax returns.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Price of sinning

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:14:42 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks into the culture of blind belief in destiny.

Elizabeth Ohene: Remembering Kathy

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:27:30 GMT

Elizabeth Ohene reminisces about meeting the late South African anti-apartheid hero Ahmed Kathrada.

Yousra Elbagir: Sudan's 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.

The gospel train

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:04:24 GMT

For 20 years, a Christian group has held prayers on a train carriage during their one hour commute.

'Saint of soccer'

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:13:23 GMT

The 1957 tour that created the first global football superstar.

Africa's week in pictures: 19 - 25 May 2017

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:19:45 GMT

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

Democracy on trial?

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:53:00 GMT

The BBC's Karen Allen asks whether the treason charges faced by Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema are a sign that Zambia's reputation as a bastion of democracy is under threat.

Ethnic vote?

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:54:56 GMT

Ethnicity, corruption, social media and more of your questions on Kenya's election.

'Will I be next?'

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:23:13 GMT

Feelings are heightened in South Africa over the safety of women, writes the BBC's Nomsa Maseko following a series of violent attacks against women.

'Our pyramids are bigger'

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:19:40 GMT

Why a bitter row has broken out between Egyptians and Sudanese on social media.

Wearing the trousers

Sun, 14 May 2017 23:35:10 GMT

Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune mining for gemstones in Tanzania, and wasn't put off by the fact that women weren't allowed in the mines