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John Magufuli's pregnant schoolgirl ban angers Tanzanian women

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:46:30 GMT

An online petition is set up after the president said mothers would be too distracted to go to school.

SportPesa to end Kenya football league sponsorship over tax

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:19:52 GMT

The government imposed a 35% tax on revenues of betting companies.

Botswana's former President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:12:01 GMT

Sir Ketumile Masire led the country for 18 years and is seen as the architect of its stability.

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:42:16 GMT

Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest.

Mauritius wins UN vote on Chagos Islands

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:50:59 GMT

The UK says a dispute over the islands with Mauritius is "clearly a matter" for the two countries.

First UK African war memorial opens

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:55:20 GMT

It is dedicated to the two million African-Caribbean soldiers who fought in both world wars.

Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:18:14 GMT

Delegates were attending a conference organised by Kenya's Ministry of Health in Nairobi.

London's temporary African-inspired architecture

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:55 GMT

Diebedo Francis Kere is the 17th architect to design a temporary pavilion in the grounds of London's Hyde Park.

Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:26:23 GMT

Teams around the world are competing to develop tablet software to replace a teacher in developing countries.

Gambia's ‘deserted’ village: Why did the young men leave?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:50:29 GMT

The village chief of Badibu Saaba, in The Gambia, explains how most of the young men have left. But six months after electing a new president, will things soon change?

Uganda's lesson in how to treat refugees

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:32:13 GMT

Uganda took in more refugees than any other country last year - mostly fleeing the conflict in South Sudan - and has been praised for its open-door policy.

Togo's 'voodoo vacations'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:12:12 GMT

Traditional voodoo ceremonies are attracting tourists to the small West African nation of Togo.

Shark attacks threaten Reunion Island tourist trade

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:47:40 GMT

Shark attacks on surfers and swimmers around Reunion island have seriously affected local businesses.

Ghana's Samuel Inkoom given one-year ban over agent debt

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:22:41 GMT

Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom will be banned from football by Fifa for a year unless he pays off the debt he owes to a former agent.

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos is desperate to find a striker

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:31:39 GMT

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos says he is still searching for a clinical goalscorer after his side struggle to score at the Confederations Cup.

Liverpool complete Salah deal

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:53:04 GMT

Liverpool complete the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who joins on a five-year deal.

Catherine Byaruhanga: Uganda's refugee solidarity

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:24:41 GMT

How a 61-year-old farmer embodies Uganda's welcoming attitude to South Sudanese refugees.

Martin Patience: Nigerian jailed and ransomed

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:48:04 GMT

Migrants are falling prey to criminal gangs in Libya - the BBC hears one man's horrific story.

Sihem Hassaini: Why Tunisian women are having hymen surgery

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:13:29 GMT

Tunisian women are expected to be virgins when they marry, leading some to have hymen surgery.

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.

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.

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.

Joseph Warungu: Kenyan votes for food

Tue, 30 May 2017 23:15:08 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu looks at how Kenya's staple has been the source of intrigue.

'My school dreams'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:24:22 GMT

I went back to school after getting pregnant and I'm glad I did.

If the caps fits...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:57:36 GMT

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

Life savers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:07:58 GMT

A key part of reducing the number of Ebola deaths was ensuring safe burials, research says.

'I lost my eye'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:15:35 GMT

About two billion people have no insurance, but "pay-by-mobile" policies are growing in popularity.

Border feud

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:29:42 GMT

Tension has mounted after Qatar withdrew its peacekeepers guarding the disputed border between Eritrea and Djibouti

Small and bullet-shaped

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:32:33 GMT

A woman travelling through Cairo airport may find her sanitary products confuse security staff.