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Militia fighters decapitate 40 police officers in DR Congo

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:04:37 GMT

About 40 were killed when a police convoy was ambushed in the central province of Kasai.,

ICC orders Congo warlord Germain Katanga to pay victims

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:05:25 GMT

Ex-Congolese militia leader ordered to pay $1m (£800,000), but he is broke.

Gambia to set up truth commission to probe Jammeh's rule

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:29:34 GMT

The commission will investigate abuses committed during ex-President Jammeh's rule, minister says.

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak freed after six years in detention

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:36:02 GMT

It is the first time Egypt's ex-president is allowed to go home since his 2011 overthrow.

More than 200 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:29:55 GMT

An aid group finds two capsized boats capable of carrying 100 migrants each, and only five bodies.

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:14:31 GMT

British scientists say they now isolate different strains and so diagnose sufferers within days.

South Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Johannesburg

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:43:50 GMT

The latest victim appears to be a mother assaulted for four hours in front of her son.

South African astrologer fights to legalise 'magic' mushrooms

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:22:25 GMT

An astrologer in South Africa is fighting to get "magic" mushrooms legalised for use in spiritual ceremonies.

Why mix earthworms and cocoa shells?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:29:48 GMT

The Ivorian farmers benefiting from a unique, but labour intensive, blend of compost.

How cricket is helping to heal Rwanda

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:11:34 GMT

Audifax Byiringiro, a Rwandan cricketer, tells his harrowing story of escaping the 1994 genocide and how cricket has helped play a part in the healing process.

Zimbabwe's cash-strapped tobacco farms

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:34:10 GMT

Small-scale tobacco farmers in Zimbabwe have little to invest due to poor profit margins and a weak economy.

The man opening Ethiopia's first botanic garden

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:10:49 GMT

Professor Sebsebe Demissew wants to open the country's first botanic garden.

What's Up Africa: Should you pay for a prophecy?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:33:03 GMT

What's up Africa satirist Ikenna Azuike looks at Kenya's prophecies and whether people rely on them more than the weather channel, or their local bookmakers.

Sierra Leone football set for fresh start

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:31:57 GMT

Sierra Leone football could be set for a new era of peace as leading figures settle their differences and set up a new ethics body.

Nigeria friendly with Burkina Faso cancelled

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:37:14 GMT

Nigeria's friendly with Burkina Faso on Monday in London is called off after several Burkina Faso players fail to gain entry visas for the UK.

Thomas Fessy: What's behind the latest unrest in Congo

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:24:34 GMT

Up to 400 people have reportedly been killed in the central DR Congo provinces of Kasai - what is going on?

Ijeoma Ndukwe: Is Nigerian Fanta and Sprite safe to drink?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:17:56 GMT

A recent court case in Nigeria highlights concerns that locally made drinks may be considered unsafe for human consumption.

Piers Edwards: Africa's new footballing king

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:15:25 GMT

Madagascar's Ahmad holds the future of African football in his hands, but who exactly is he and what does he hope to achieve as president of Caf?

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: US state of mind

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:36:25 GMT

How Nigerians obsess about life in the US

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.

Elizabeth Ohene: 'Joining the desperadoes'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:06:24 GMT

Elizabeth Ohene considers Ghanaians' wanderlust as her compatriots join those taking risks to claim asylum abroad.

Yousra Elbagir: 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.

Off the handle

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:33:23 GMT

Spare a thought for those who are given troublesome names. In Zambia, Chris Haslam came across some very surprising choices.

Africa's top shots: 17-24 March 2017

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:50:40 GMT

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

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.

‘Vegetable ivory’

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:41 GMT

A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.

The face of hunger

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:56:19 GMT

Family portraits from the heart of the hunger crisis in Somaliland.

'Made in Morocco'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:18 GMT

We track a single item of clothing to see just where it goes before it ends up in the shop.

Reality Check

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:28:10 GMT

Kenya's civil servants receive more tax revenue than those in other sub-Saharan African countries.