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Nigeria's Boko Haram conflict: Huge rise in child 'human bombs'

There have been 83 cases so far this year - four times as many as all of last year, the UN says.

Nigerian president to 'work from home' after rat infestation

Muhammadu Buhari has just returned from extended medical leave, but now has an office infestation.

Uganda police: Arrests over ritual serial killings

Police say most victims were sex workers who had been raped and strangled.

Morocco bus sexual assault: Four arrested over attack

Four men are arrested in Casablanca, after a video emerged showing a woman being assaulted on a bus.

Men in South Africa court on cannibalism charges

Arrests are made after a KwaZulu-Natal man complained to police he was "tired" of eating human flesh.

Grace Mugabe: South Africa immunity decision condemned

South Africa's main opposition party accuses the government of protecting its "dodgy friends".

Jollof rice: West Africa?s culinary king?

Food lovers in Nigeria have been attending the inaugural Jollof festival in the commercial capital Lagos.

Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down after 38 years

Jose Eduardo dos Santos is stepping down after 38 years as president of Angola but is he really giving up power?

Libya crisis: Benghazi shootings video mars 'victory'

Just weeks after the Libyan city was declared liberated from Islamists, footage shows more bloodshed.

Can these super-crops feed Africa?

Africa's population is set to boom over the next few decades - reaching 2.5 billion people by 2050. Scientists in Kenya are trying to find ways of growing enough food for everyone.

Olajumoke: 'Tinie Tempah photobomb transformed my life'

How a moment of pure chance turned a bread-seller into a national celebrity and model in Nigeria.

Lagos: The megacity set to triple by 2050

Lagos is Africa?s largest city, with an estimated 21 million residents - and it's growing fast.

Celtic: Ajax Cape Town announce that deal agreed to sell Rivaldo Coetzee

Ajax Cape Town announce they have reached a deal to sell Rivaldo Coetzee to Celtic, pending a medical and work permit application.

DR Congo's Jires Kembo-Ekoko moves to Turkey's Buraspor

Former France youth international and now DR Congo target Jires Kembo Ekoko signs a deal with Turkish club.

Eniola Aluko: FA sticking by Mark Sampson after 'bullying' claims

England boss Mark Sampson retains the support of the Football Association over claims of "bullying and discrimination" from Eniola Aluko, BBC Sport understands.

Alastair Leithead: Lagos' growing pains

Thirty years from now the population of Nigeria will have doubled. How can Lagos - Africa's largest city - cope with its spiralling numbers?

Umaru Fofana: Cry Sierra Leone

Reporter Umaru Fofana reflects on a week that saw horrific mudslide and flooding in the capital, Freetown.

Alex Duval Smith: Mali's fragile peace deal

The BBC's Alex Duval Smith reports on how the return of conflict is redefining life in northern Mali.

Piers Edwards: How Nigeria trips up its own athletes

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

Hunger in first 1,000 days

How child malnutrition affects communities across Ghana.

Eritrea capital Asmara makes World Heritage list

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

Portraits of a migrant

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

Style in the slum

His neighbours, in what is probably the world's most famous slum, stare but he doesn't care.

Rumble in the jungle

Visiting the boxers of Kinshasa, 43 years after Ali and Foreman fought in the Rumble in the Jungle.

New faces of Africa

The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.

Nairobi's new railway

A peek at Africa's newest railway, running from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa.

The gospel train

For 20 years, a Christian group has held prayers on a train carriage during their one hour commute.

Tradesmen of Kumasi

Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.

Elizabeth Ohene: Why I don't love dogs

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

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Boko Haram love

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

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

Joseph Warungu: Free in Freetown

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

Saving Grace

Diplomacy has triumphed over justice in the assault case against Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe in South Africa, writes the BBC's Pumza Fihlani.

Long goodbye

Angolans go to the polls on Wednesday as President Dos Santos steps down after 38 years in power.


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

Desperate straits

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

Collecting corpses

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

Distress calls

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