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South Sudan declares famine in Unity State

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:19:41 GMT

A famine is declared in parts of South Sudan following civil war and economic collapse.

Libya's eastern authority bans women travelling solo

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:29:53 GMT

The ban is said to be for "national security reasons" and not driven by religious ideology.

Robert Mugabe: Give Donald Trump a chance

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:33:36 GMT

Donald Trump is right that "America is for the Americans", says Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

Tanzania threat to list gay people

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:16:02 GMT

A Tanzanian politician takes to Twitter to defend his threat to publish the names of suspected homosexuals.

Somalia Mogadishu car bomb: At least 34 people killed

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:24:39 GMT

Witnesses say the bomb went off in a part of the city popular with soldiers, civilians and traders.

The Gambia: President Barrow sworn in at packed stadium

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:06:37 GMT

Thousands witness Adama Barrow becoming the third Gambian president in history.

Dutch populist Geert Wilders talks of Moroccan 'scum'

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:47:07 GMT

Geert Wilders heads polls ahead of the 15 March election, but his lead is narrowing.

South Africa's amputee homeless artist

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:52:51 GMT

Chuma Somdaka, a disabled artist living in a South African park, gets her own exhibition.

Can Ghana build its way out of trouble?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:24:10 GMT

Despite its economic woes, property developers are optimistic about Ghana's potential.

Ivory Coast's accidental ex-pat network entrepreneur

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00:29 GMT

Evelyne Masumbuko, founder of Abidjan4you, talks about the unexpected success of her website.

SA care home deaths: 'No one understood their conditions'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:53:15 GMT

South African Health Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba describes how patients were failed.

Somalia faces 'catastrophic' famine if drought continues

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:48:26 GMT

Somalia's landscape is littered with dead animals and there are warnings of a full-blown famine.

The woman who helps 5,000 children orphaned by HIV/Aids

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:25:43 GMT

Victoria Emah-Emah runs a charity which helps Nigerian children whose parents died from HIV/Aids.

Cameroon and Nations Cup star Bassogog moves to China

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:04:29 GMT

Cameroon midfielder Christian Bassogog, named the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations' best player, joins Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye from Aab Fodbold in Denmark.

Orlando Pirates name Sweden's Jonevret as coach

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:02:40 GMT

South Africa's Orlando Pirates have named Sweden's Kjell Jonevret as their new coach.

Dickens Olewe: How Africa is struggling to cope with fake news

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:05:10 GMT

Are African media dealing with fake news effectively?

Fergal Keane: Refereeing warlords in the age of Trump

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:22:07 GMT

A change of attitude towards peace missions under President Trump could spell disaster for places like CAR.

Pumza Fihlani: The mentally ill patients killed in care homes

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:40:36 GMT

The silent deaths of 94 mentally ill patients in South Africa is symptomatic of their place in society, but their families want explanations, 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: Nigeria's art of flowery language

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:45:13 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the art of Nigerian verbosity.

Elizabeth Ohene: '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.

Joseph Warungu: Striking a pose in 2017

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:11:45 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu identifies key people, places and events to watch out for in Africa in 2017.

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.

'Wanted for my body parts'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:09:39 GMT

An albino hunted for her body parts tells the BBC she lives in fear after surviving a kidnap attempt in Malawi.

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 top shots: 10-16 February 2017

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:24:18 GMT

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

'I only had basic painkillers'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:45:03 GMT

A patient and a doctor in Kenya tell their stories of the dispute that is now into its 10th week.

'Hungry caterpillars'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:39:11 GMT

A new hungry caterpillar is threatening African crops already badly hit by record droughts.

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.

Mobile money

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:35:04 GMT

How mobile technology is profoundly changing access to money in the developing world.

Cut off from the web

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:48:52 GMT

Africa's first Google Code-in winner has left his hometown, because Cameroon has cut the internet there.

Africa's top shots: 3-9 February 2017

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:13:20 GMT

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

Somalia's 'Mr Cheese'

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:12 GMT

Somalia has a new, apparently popular president. His main challenges include making federalism work, reducing corruption and improving security.

'Bring back our internet'

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:52:05 GMT

Three weeks after reports that Cameroon had blocked the internet in English-speaking regions, residents say services have yet to be restored. So what is going on?

Kings of Africa

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:11:46 GMT

How Cameroon overcame setbacks and distractions to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

Behind Beyonce

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:46:11 GMT

Beyonce's pregnancy portrait is now the most liked Instagram post of all time. But who is the artist behind the photo ?


Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:06:54 GMT

The mobile phone apps that are enabling fishermen to increase their catches at the same time as helping environmentalists monitor and preserve stocks.