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Burkina Faso 'foils coup plot by forces loyal to Compaore'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:57:55 GMT

Burkina Faso has foiled a coup plot by forces loyal to ousted President Blaise Compaore and arrested at least 10 people, a minster says.

Tunisia shocked by TV host's 'marry rapist' remarks

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:29:23 GMT

A Tunisian talk show is suspended after its host suggests a 14-year-old guest marry her abuser.

Cameroon train derailment kills at least 53

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:02:44 GMT

At least 53 people die and 300 are injured when a packed passenger train derails in Cameroon, the country's transport minister says.

Achieng Abura death: Kenyans pay tribute to music star

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:03:05 GMT

Tributes pour in for Kenya's afro-jazz star Achieng Abura after she dies of an undisclosed illness at a hospital in the capital, Nairobi.

South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:37:01 GMT

South Africa formally begins the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, saying it did not want to help achieve "regime change".

Four dead after 'Libyan Coast Guard' vessel attacks migrant boat

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:15:56 GMT

A German rescue organisation says four migrants have died and 25 others are missing after a boat was attacked by a speedboat labelled "Libyan coast guard".

Ethiopia 'detains 1,600' under state of emergency

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:45:50 GMT

The Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 1,600 people as they try to boost security under the state of emergency, a government minister tells the BBC.

How can investors tap in to Nigeria's diaspora?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:46:27 GMT

Remittances could prove to be a vast resource for Nigerian businesses and government-funded projects.

Why is South Africa leaving the war crimes court?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:07:57 GMT

The reasons behind South Africa's move to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Can Visa grab some of Kenya's mobile money?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:21:38 GMT

The world’s leading payment network Visa is launching its own mobile money platform in Kenya to compete with the successful M-Pesa service.

First contest for Mr and Miss Albino held in Kenya

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:34:45 GMT

Youngsters with albinism are stepping into the limelight, hoping to be named Kenya's first Mr and Miss Albino.

Nigerian actor Rita Dominic: Soldiers are human too

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:26:52 GMT

Nollywood star Rita Dominic talks about her role as an army wife in Seventy-Six, a film about a failed coup.

Bukom - Ghana's champion boxer factory

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:14:39 GMT

All of Ghana's five boxing world champions come from the Accra suburb of Bukom.

African Champions League: Sundowns on brink of fairytale victory

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:17:30 GMT

Mamelodi Sundowns take a 3-0 lead into the Champions League final second leg against Zamalek and are on the verge of a shock success.

Emmanuel Amuneke: Coach seeks challenge outside of Nigeria

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:16:04 GMT

Former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amuneke has high ambitions as coach but feels he has to leave his native country to achieve them

Mary Harper: Somalia's difficult path to democracy

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:42:32 GMT

Somalis were promised that 2016 would see the country's first democratic poll in nearly 50 years, but the reality is much more complicated.

Nancy Kacungira: Uganda's life-saving potato

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:42:25 GMT

Millions of children across Africa suffer from malnutrition - one way to tackle this is a special type of sweet potato that can deliver an extra vitamin hit which is being developed in Uganda, writes the BBC's Nancy Kacungira.

Lamine Konkobo: Burkina Faso's secret for religious harmony

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:07:38 GMT

Amid rising religious fundamentalism in West Africa, the BBC's Lamine Konkobo looks at how one country has kept intolerance at bay.

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.

Portraits from India

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:46:04 GMT

Photographer Mahesh Shantaram documents the lives of Africans living in India.

Child's first sight

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:10:44 GMT

Criscent Bwambale, six, sees for the first time after an operation to remove cataracts in Uganda.

Everyday Eritrea

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:49:21 GMT

Images of Eritrea by the BBC's Mary Harper.

In pictures: Muhammad Ali's love affair with Africa

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:58:17 GMT

From Muhammad Ali's most famous fight to his friendship with Nelson Mandela, photos that tell the story of the boxer's relationship with Africa.

In pictures: Play, prayers and power explored at Dak'Art

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:12:36 GMT

Contemporary African art is showcased at a biennale in Senegal every two years. Photographer Ricci Shryock met the artists behind the works.

Joseph Warungu: Exam sharks

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:58:14 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu, a former high-school teacher, examines the measures the Kenyan government has put in place to tackle cheating in national exams.

Farai Sevenzo: Salute or slur?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:46:07 GMT

Columnist Farai Sevenzo considers why the authorities in Zimbabwe are making efforts to protect the country's flag - and from what it needs protecting.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Hairy subject

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:57:32 GMT

Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani questions whether a South African school's hair rules really were racist or if something else was at play.

Elizabeth Ohene: The wheelchair gap

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:04:29 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers the gap between Paralympic wonder and the reality for wheelchair users in Ghana.

Joseph Warungu: Parental bliss

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:28:32 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, social commentator Joseph Warungu asks why the governing coalition has launched a new political party.

Elizabeth Ohene: Switching allegiances

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:35:52 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene ponders whether it matters that Olympians have switched nationalities.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: 'She is my daughter'

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:15:24 GMT

In our series of letters by African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at a mother’s desperate battle to recover her kidnapped toddler.

Africa's top shots: 14-20 October 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:49:02 GMT

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

From books to cosmetics

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:27:40 GMT

One of the world's leading feminists is not the obvious choice to be the face of a make-up brand, but Boots has just made Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the face of No7.

Behind the smile

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:49:12 GMT

The Gambia is known to tourists as "the smiling coast of West Africa", but this masks something more troubling, as Chris Simpson has been finding out.

Women belong everywhere

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:18 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene reflects on Muhammadu Buhari's recent comments about his wife and offers her view of what Nigeria's president got wrong.

I went to Nigeria to meet the man who scammed me

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:42:25 GMT

When a 62-year-old Swedish woman was scammed into paying a 24-year-old Nigerian, she took an unexpected turn by going out and visiting him, writes Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.

Octopus hunters

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.

Reality check

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:01:26 GMT

Reports re-emerge that Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam. Only they were never true in the first place, writes Clare Spencer.

State of emergency

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:22:54 GMT

Ethiopia's government has issued a list of the restrictions under the six-month state of emergency that was announced last week.

Back from Boko Haram

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:46:38 GMT

Observers in Nigeria say it is unlikely that Boko Haram freed 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls while getting nothing in return, writes Martin Patience.

Zuma's nemesis?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:22:41 GMT

The BBC's Karen Allen reports on the work of public protector Thuli Madonsela, whose fight against corruption has inspired a South African public yearning for better services.