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Libya crisis: Rival governments commit to ceasefire

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:10:03 GMT

The rivals also express commitment to holding elections in efforts hailed by France as "historic".

Ethiopia urges illegal workers in Saudi Arabia to come home

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:12:01 GMT

The Ethiopian government says only 15% of its citizens returned before today's amnesty deadline.

Nigeria has 'largest number of children out-of-school' in the world

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:44:24 GMT

Nigeria's government says it is "sad to note" that the country has 10.5 million children out of school.

HIV-prevention ring trial a success

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:58:42 GMT

Teens in the study said the vaginal ring, which cuts HIV infections by 56%, was easy to use.

Drugs cocktail 'cut HIV deaths by 27%'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:54:45 GMT

Three lives were saved for every 100 treated, a trial using a mix of drugs found.

Tanzania's albino footballers team up with Everton FC

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:36:21 GMT

They've been training with Everton as part of their fight-back against dangerous prejudice.

Stravinsky in South Africa: The composer who defied apartheid

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:13:24 GMT

When celebrated Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky visited South Africa in 1962, he defied racist laws to perform his music to a black audience.

Meet the "Afro-fashion magician" who creates dresses in minutes

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:09:20 GMT

Ugandan designer Latif Madoi is making a name for himself with his unique brand of "fast fashion".

Nigerian president Buhari is 'very, very ok', a governor says

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:27:00 GMT

The Nigerian president was pictured for the first time in almost 80 days on Sunday.

Virtual campaigning changes Kenya vote

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:02:42 GMT

Social media has taken centre-stage for many voters and candidates ahead of Kenya's general election.

Ethiopia: The hyenas of Harar

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:08:30 GMT

Emmanuel Igunza reports from the ancient city of Harar in Ethiopia, where it appears man and hyena have evolved a mutually beneficial - if unlikely arrangement.

Expanded Nations Cup will not 'reduce quality' of play

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:08:28 GMT

The Africa Cup of Nations will not suffer in quality after its expansion to 24 teams, says leading Confederation of African Football official Amaju Pinnick.

Tunisia's Sliti joins Dijon

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:45:28 GMT

Tunisia international midfielder Naim Sliti has joined French side Dijon on a season-long loan from rivals Lille.

Bailly gets three-match ban

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:12:56 GMT

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is banned for two more European games for his Europa League red card against Celta Vigo.

Dan Saladino: Trying the berry and porcupine diet

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:19:55 GMT

The Hadza are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world. Could their diet hold lessons for everyone?

Emmanuel Igunza: Inside 'Africa's Mecca'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:02:03 GMT

Our correspondent visits the ancient city of Harar as it celebrates its 1,010th anniversary.

Piers Edwards: Turning football into wine

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:27:31 GMT

Former Ivory Coast international Olivier Tebily has forged a new career away from football - as Africa's first maker of Cognac.

Patience Atuhaire: Ugandan mini-skirts and morals

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:19:15 GMT

The debate on what constitutes being improperly dressed in public is reignited after Ugandan civil servants are issued with a strict dress code.

Eritrea capital Asmara makes World Heritage list

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:08:55 GMT

Architecture from the colonial era left an "exceptional example" of modernism, judges say.

Portraits of a migrant

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:23:16 GMT

Portraits of Libyan migrants taken on board the vessel that rescued them.

Style in the slum

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:32:23 GMT

His neighbours, in what is probably the world's most famous slum, stare but he doesn't care.

Rumble in the jungle

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:32:32 GMT

Visiting the boxers of Kinshasa, 43 years after Ali and Foreman fought in the Rumble in the Jungle.

New faces of Africa

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 23:49:16 GMT

The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.

Nairobi's new railway

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:30:42 GMT

A peek at Africa's newest railway, running from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa.

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.

Tradesmen of Kumasi

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:14:15 GMT

Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.

Joseph Warungu: Free in Freetown

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:29:24 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu makes his maiden visit to Sierra Leone.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Nigeria's war of words with Amnesty

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:28:22 GMT

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the incessant duel on facts between Nigeria and Amnesty.

Yousra Elbagir: Sudan's' cholera cover-up'

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:37:00 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir criticises the Sudanese government's failure to get to grips with a cholera pandemic.

Elizabeth Ohene: Why Ghana's new word for gold miner spells trouble

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:51:54 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on the "galamsey" phenomenon.

Singers and skippers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:12:32 GMT

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

Man who migrated twice

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:04:29 GMT

What is life like for those involved in Europe's great migration?

Yousra Elbagir: Sudan's 'big and beautiful' pills for women

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:32:35 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir explores Sudanese women's appetite for weight gain pills.

'Her generosity cost her life'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:59:50 GMT

Prudence Mabele was one of the first South African black women to say publicly she had HIV.

Satellites and science

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:08:27 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on whether people are being inspired by science.

Master shipbuilders

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:39:08 GMT

The craftsmen can all trace their skills back to one family who arrived on the island more than 150 years ago.

Debating Africa

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:17:55 GMT

Every month we travel to a different African country to discuss a chosen topic.

How a former slave gave a quilt to Queen Victoria

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:10:38 GMT

More than a century ago a former slave fulfilled her dream to meet Queen Victoria, taking with her a gift.