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Mass burial for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:41:45 GMT

The search continues for some 600 people still missing following the disaster in the capital Freetown.

South Africa borders on 'red alert' for Grace Mugabe

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:29:18 GMT

Police are instructed to stop Zimbabwe's first lady, accused of assault, from leaving South Africa.

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:38:50 GMT

The ICC says Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi caused €3m of damage when he led attacks on Timbuktu shrines.

Uganda receives one million South Sudan refugees

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:19:35 GMT

The UN refugee agency says "urgent additional support" is needed from the international community.

Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:27:36 GMT

More than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year - three times as many as last year.

Kenya election: Raila Odinga to challenge result in court

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:15:35 GMT

The opposition leader had previously refused to take legal action over the result.

Maasai displaced after huts burned in Tanzania

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:09 GMT

More than 100 Maasai huts are reportedly burned by game reserve authorities amid an ongoing dispute.

South Sudan conflict: Poet Emi Mahmoud on Uganda refugee landmark

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:08:20 GMT

Emi Mahmoud performs a poem to mark one million South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda.

Idi Amin’s orders banished my family

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:06:03 GMT

In August 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin announced his plans to expel the country's Asian population

Rescue operation after mudslides

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:21:48 GMT

A rescue and recovery operation continues in Sierra Leone’s capital after mudslides kill more than 300.

Kenya elections: Women and young people break new ground

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:39:05 GMT

Kenya's historic elections saw the country elect its first female governors and its youngest MP.

Corpses 'piling up' in Sierra Leone

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:34:15 GMT

Corpses are "piled up" at the main mortuary in the capital Freetown, reports the BBC's Umaru Fofana.

Burkina Faso attack: 18 killed in 'terrorist attack'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:09:31 GMT

At least 18 people have been killed and eight wounded in a "terrorist attack" in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says.

Aubameyang and Omagbemi only Africans on Fifa shortlists

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:53:57 GMT

Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria women's coach Florence Omagbemi are the only Africans on the shortlists for Fifa's annual awards.

Sierra Leone international Khalifa Jabbie makes mudslide donation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:03:44 GMT

Sierra Leone internationla Khalifa Jabbie makes donation to victims of the Freetown mudslide as Caf and Fifa send messages of support.

Ivory Coast's Gradel joins Toulouse on loan

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:02:15 GMT

Bournemouth winger Max Gradel joins French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on loan until the end of the season.

Flora Drury: A disaster waiting to happen in Sierra Leone?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:20:47 GMT

How geography, climate change and politics contributed to Sierra Leone's latest disaster.

Piers Edwards: How Nigeria trips up its own athletes

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:20:39 GMT

Triple jumper Tosin Oke outlines his frustrations as an athlete battling the Nigerian and international federations that govern the sport.

Damian Zane: Africa's 'medical tourist' presidents

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:15:44 GMT

The impact on the health service at home of the presidents who go overseas for medical treatment.

Milton Nkosi: Zuma 'on his ninth life'

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:28:08 GMT

President Zuma is relishing winning his eighth no-confidence vote. But the celebrations could be short-lived, says the BBC's Milton Nkosi.

Dickens Olewe: Kenya's mixed couples feel election strain

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 23:31:19 GMT

The BBC's Dickens Olewe reports on how election tensions can make life difficult for couples from different ethnic backgrounds.

Martin Bashir: Unity and division as Welby visits East Africa

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:09:12 GMT

The archbishop's visit aims to recognise the plight of refugees and hold together the Church of England.

Hunger in first 1,000 days

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:58:14 GMT

How child malnutrition affects communities across Ghana.

Eritrea capital Asmara makes World Heritage list

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:08:55 GMT

Architecture from the colonial era left an "exceptional example" of modernism, judges say.

Portraits of a migrant

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:23:16 GMT

Portraits of Libyan migrants taken on board the vessel that rescued them.

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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Boko Haram love

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:25:47 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers why women abducted by Boko Haram and then released would choose to return to their captors.

Yousra Elbagir: Big and beautiful in Sudan

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:32:35 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir explores Sudanese women's appetite for weight gain pills.

Elizabeth Ohene: Satellites and science

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:08:27 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on whether people are being inspired by science.

Joseph Warungu: Free in Freetown

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:29:24 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu makes his maiden visit to Sierra Leone.

Desperate straits

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:13:34 GMT

More migrants now head for Spain from the "Tangier Triangle" in Morocco, as Gavin Lee reports.

Collecting corpses

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:41:31 GMT

Volunteers are working to prevent rotting human remains causing a health emergency.

Distress calls

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:49:44 GMT

Italian prosecutors are investigating him and others for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

Mission impossible

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:32:04 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on her lack of passion for dogs.

Against the clock

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:03:14 GMT

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

Kenyans love #GitheriMan

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:57:34 GMT

Kenyan social media digests the results of the election while saluting a voter queuing with a bag of beans.

Converted in captivity

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:55:55 GMT

Stephen McGown and Johan Gustafsson were captured in Mali in November 2011, and released this year.

No more mining

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:04:43 GMT

Thousands of Ugandans have in recent years sought their fortune in the country's gold fields, but authorities have now clamped down hard on the unregistered miners.

A vote for peace

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 23:18:25 GMT

Ten years after a contested election led to 1,500 deaths in Kenya, two perpetrators of that violence are trying to prevent a repetition.

Toxic ties

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:22:16 GMT

President Jacob Zuma wins another confidence vote, even with fellow ANC members condemning him and the Gupta family.

Soap, milk and sugar

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 01:05:20 GMT

Many Kenyans fear that Tuesday's fiercely contested general election will trigger ethnic violence between supporters of rival parties, writes the BBC's Dickens Olewe.