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Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:54:49 GMT

Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.

Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:58:13 GMT

An Italian prosecutor tells a newspaper there is evidence of direct contact between the two.

Keitany record at London Marathon

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:25:13 GMT

Mary Keitany breaks Paula Radcliffe's women's-only world record to win the London Marathon, while Daniel Wanjiru takes victory in the men's race.

Megrahi family seeks Lockerbie appeal

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:44:34 GMT

Files relating to the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber will be handed to the case review commission.

Kenya election: Kenyatta blames primaries chaos on turnout

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:46:29 GMT

President Kenyatta admits not enough election materials were provided for his party's primaries.

South Africa bus crash 'kills at least 19 children'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:45:01 GMT

The minibus driver also died in the crash near the capital Pretoria, authorities say.

Nigerian Manchester United fans electrocuted watching match

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:52:43 GMT

At least seven people died after an electric cable fell on fans in Nigeria, police say.

The Gambian footballer who drowned in search of a better life

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:03:53 GMT

Gambian footballer Hamadou hoped to pull his family out of poverty by going to Europe, but tragedy befell him.

Motlanthe 'uncertain' over ANC support under Jacob Zuma

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:09:22 GMT

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe says he's uncertain about whether he can support the African National Congress at the next election.

Zambia's DJ academy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:46:55 GMT

The Zambian lawyer who opened up his own school for aspiring DJs.

Is Ghana's economy on the mend?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:54:40 GMT

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo says he is making significant economic progress after 100 days in power but critics are not so sure.

'World's heaviest woman' loses half her weight

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:27:06 GMT

Eman Abd El Aty was unable to leave her home for 25 years and weighed 500kg.

Learning about #GrannyWisdom

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:30:49 GMT

Zimbabwean film-maker Steven Chikosi has been learning lessons from his 81 year-old granny Gogo Muchena.

Senegal's Balde Diao scores five-minute hat-trick

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:57:46 GMT

Lazio become the first side to score five goals in the opening 26 minutes of a Serie A match since 1938 as they thrash Palermo.

Ghana's Majeed Waris targets French Ligue 1 survival with Lorient

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:41:18 GMT

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris puts French club Lorient's Ligue 1 survival above personal glory after his ninth goal of the season helped the club claim a 5-1 win over Metz.

DR Congo's Cedric Bakambu nets controversial winner for Villarreal

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:33:58 GMT

Cedric Bakambu helps Villarreal to move to within eight points of the Spanish top four with a controversial stoppage-time winner.

Umaru Fofana: Wife's anguish mirrors Gambia's bitter-sweet revolution

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:40:19 GMT

Days after Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh lost the December election, the prisons started emptying but Isatu Kanyi is still waiting for her husband.

Stanley Kwenda: Why a Nigerian slum keeps producing top footballers

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:37:09 GMT

Ajegunle, a Nigerian slum, has a reputation for crime but it's also produced some of Nigeria's top footballers.

Matthew Davies: Can South Africa ditch its new junk status?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:52:58 GMT

The downgrading of South Africa's credit rating could have profound effects on the country's economy.

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.

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.

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.

Sola Odunfa: Do Nigerians go on holiday?

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:43:14 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa examines the attitude of Nigerians to holidaying, at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than a month on "medical vacation" in the UK.

Voodoo rebels

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:10:50 GMT

Mass graves, child soldiers and police decapitations are all features of a little known Congolese conflict, as the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports.

The scramble for Somalia

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:21:11 GMT

Many different countries are trying to get a toehold in Somalia as it slowly emerges from chaos.

Africa's top shots: 13-20 April 2017

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:21 GMT

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

Culture clash

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:32:23 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalist Yousra Elbagir looks at how Sudanese are using social media to celebrate and express their African identity.

Smartphone pitfalls

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:40:32 GMT

Are smartphones empowering poor Kenyans or simply causing more problems than they solve?

School by canoe

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:05:33 GMT

Many children who live on Lake Bunyonyi in south-western Uganda have to cross the water every day to get to school.

Die-hard Facebooker

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:14:28 GMT

Ms Nyanzi has been taken to court over calling President Yoweri Museveni "a pair of buttocks".

Happy feet

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 23:17:01 GMT

The Happy Feet youth project in South Africa aims to "promote education" through gumboot dancing.