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Africa: Trump Keeps Africa Guessing - [ISS] Like most parts of the world, Africa is still waiting, anxiously, for United States (US) President Donald Trump to articulate his policy for the continent.
Central African Republic: What's Gone Wrong? - [IRIN] There was hope last year that the election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra would bring real change to the troubled Central African Republic. But 12 months on, he has been unable to extend his authority beyond the capital, Bangui, and the rest of the country is as lawless as ever.
Africa: Attacking Immigrants Not Patriotic or Revolutionary - Thabo Mbeki - [News24Wire] Newly elected chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa), Thabo Mbeki, has expressed concern over violent attacks targeted at African migrants in the country.
Zimbabwe: Bring Back National Youth Service - Mugabe - [The Herald] PRESIDENT Mugabe has called for the re-introduction of the National Youth Service to help mould disciplined and well-focused youths who are productive and ready to defend their country. President Mugabe urged the youths to take advantage of the Chitepo Ideological College in Masvingo to learn more about the country's history. Said President Mugabe: "There also must be National Youth Service. We certainly must start the National Youth Service Programme. I don't know why we have slowed down, we dragged our f
South Africa: Acting Rail Agency CEO Defends U.S.$455,000 Annual Salary - [News24Wire] Prasa acting group CEO Collins Letsoalo on Monday rejected as malicious a Sunday Times report that he increased his salary by 350%.
Africa: Africa Wants 10 Slots At the Expanded 2026 World Cup - [This is Africa] African nations want 10 places at the expanded 2026 World Cup competition from the current five representatives. The continent's football association tabled a request proposal to the world soccer governing body FIFA, The recent expansion of the competition to a 48-team World Cup is an opportunity for less celebrated footballing nations across the continent to participate at the biggest stage.
Africa: Videos Supposedly Showing 'Carnage of Foreigners' Unlikely From South Africa - [Africa Check] Two graphic, violent videos are being shared online as examples of xenophobic violence against foreigners in South Africa. However, online verification tools suggest their source lies elsewhere.
Kenya: Youths Block Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka in Meru - [Nation] Youths opposed to the National Super Alliance (Nasa) have blocked Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka from addressing a rally at a scheduled venue.
Nigeria: Court Sacks Senator, Demands Refund of All Emoluments - [Premium Times] A federal high court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has sacked the senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial district, Bassey Akpan, from the Nigerian Senate.
Africa: Experts - African Hunger Crisis Largely Man-made - [VOA] This year, more so than usual, hunger is stalking Africa. The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan and food insecurity is affecting tens of millions in nearly every geographic region of the continent.
Zimbabwe: Anger As Mugabe Snapped Eating Lays At His Birthday - [News24Wire] Forget that gigantic birthday cake. What's got many Zimbabweans really fed up about President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday party is the fact he was eating a bag of imported Lays chips.
Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Orders Probe Into Massacre Videos - [VOA] The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into possible abuses by security forces in the Kasai region. Conflict has been intensifying in that part of the country in the past six months but a video posted online late last week drew international attention.
Zimbabwe: Country Safe From Renamo - Army - [The Herald] Masvingo -The country is safe from incursions by RENAMO bandits from Mozambique despite sporadic attacks between that country's Government forces and the rebels, the Zimbabwe National Army has said. There were fears that rebel RENAMO bandits under the leadership of Mr Afonso Dlakama, would pose a security threat in communities in Manicaland that border with Mozambique.
Zimbabwe: Big South African Book Donation 'Held Up At Beitbridge' - [News24Wire] Thirty tons of school books collected in Bedfordview and meant for distribution to schools in Zimbabwe are stuck at Beitbridge Border Post because the state revenue authority is demanding tax, reports say.
South Africa: 'Something Must be Done' to Finance Minister - Youth Leader - [News24Wire] The ANC has distanced itself from comments by Youth League president Collen Maine, who over the weekend reportedly called Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan an "impimpi" (spy), adding that "something must be done" to him.
South Africa: Low Growth, Inequality Behind Xenophobia - Johannesburg Mayor - [News24Wire] An inability to bring about economic growth and decrease inequality are to blame for xenophobic violence, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Monday.
Zimbabwe: Man, 27, 'Slits' Wife's Throat, Hangs Self - [News24Wire] A Zimbabwean man, 27, hanged himself after he allegedly killed his wife, 19, by slitting her throat, a report says.
Kenya: Samuel Wamathai Sworn in As New Nyeri Governor - [Nation] Hundreds of Nyeri residents have Monday morning gathered at the county headquarters to witness the swearing in of the new governor, Samuel Wamathai.
Kenya: Commuters Walk As Matatu Operators Protest Poor Roads - [Capital FM] Nairobi -Residents of Kayole have been forced to walk to their destinations after matatu operators there went on strike Monday morning to protest the poor state of roads.
Somalia: Mixed Reaction to Norwegian Party's Call to Strip PM of Citizenship - [Dalsan Radio] Somalis in Somalia and the diaspora have given mixed reaction to the call by Norway opposition Progress Party to have Prime Minister designate Hassan Kheyre's Norwegian citizenship stripped off.
Kenya: Two Senators Removed From Watchdog Committee - [Nation] Political interests ahead of the next general elections have been blamed for the removal of two senators from a powerful watchdog committee that is a thorn in the flesh of governors, due to its revelations that they are engaged in massive wastage of public funds.
South Africa: Bible Thieves Rescued From Mob - Then Arrested - [News24Wire] Two men who were found in possession of stolen goods, including seven bibles, were rescued - and then arrested by police - after they were attacked by an angry mob in Kagiso, police said on Sunday.
Africa: Ethiopia - Simpler Phone, Smarter Choice? - [Deutsche Welle] The World Mobile Congress gets underway in Barcelona on Monday and one highlight is the reported relaunch of the Nokia 3310. In parts of Africa, simpler phones are coveted because they are robust and cheap.
Africa: South Africa Has Become the Bad Guy in Africa - [Daily Maverick] South Africa's reputation on the continent has taken a battering in recent years. Increasingly, the country is being defined not by its much-lauded ideals, but by its flourishing xenophobia. And xenophobia is not just bad - it's also bad for business. By SIMON ALLISON.
Zimbabwe: At 93rd Birthday Bash, Mugabe Says He Won't Quit - [Al Jazeera] Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has marked his 93rd birthday with lavish celebrations, addressing his own mortality in a speech, but showing no signs of quitting politics.
Uganda: Mulago Hospital to Start Low Cost Infertility Treatment - [Monitor] Kampala -Mulago National Referral Hospital will be the first public health facility to provide assisted reproductive technologies to enable infertile women bear children.
Uganda: 60 Schools Face Closure Over Standards - [Monitor] Wakiso -Education authorities in Nansana Municipality have closed a primary school and put several others on notice after they were found to be operating below minimum education standards.
Uganda: Minister Warns Nurses as Performance Drops - [Monitor] Kampala -The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Education Board (UNMEB) has reported a drop in the overall performance of students who sat the 2016 diploma and certificate examinations compared to the 2015 cohort.
Kenya: Crisis in Baringo As Red Cross Pulls Out Over Insecurity - [Nation] A humanitarian crisis is looming in Baringo County after the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) suspended its operations and withdrew all its staff and volunteers citing insecurity.
Zimbabwe: 850 Displaced By Flooding - [The Herald] At least 850 people in the Siphepha area in Tsholotsho District were displaced by flooding and subsequently evacuated to a local primary school and hospital by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the Civil Protection Unit has said. In its latest situation report released last week, Tsholotsho District was the most affected. "Tsholotsho is arguably the most severely affected district in the country to date and a considerable number of households have lost their homes to flooding or excessive moisture.
BBC News - Africa

BBC News - Africa

South Africa's Saidy Brown: 'Why I shared my HIV status on Twitter' - Saidy Brown discusses the extraordinary reaction after she disclosed her HIV status on Twitter.
Togolese striker Francis Kone saves opponent's life - Togolese striker Francis Kone saves the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who almost swallowed his tongue during a Czech league match.
Western Sahara: Morocco to pull out of UN buffer zone - Tension in the area flared up when Moroccan troops moved in, breaching a UN-backed ceasefire.
Puntland troops stage short mutiny 'over unpaid salaries' - Dozens of soldiers seized the parliament compound before being persuaded to return to barracks.
'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security - The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.
South Africa clashes at anti-foreigner protest in Pretoria - South African police use force to break up rival groups at an anti-immigrant protest in Pretoria.
The remittances propping up Lesotho's economy - Remittances sent home by migrant workers account for 30% of the economy in Lesotho.
South Sudan: People queue for food cards and vaccination - The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports from South Sudan where thousands are affected by famine.
Barcelona FC opens a football training school in Nigeria - Could Barcelona FC's new football training school in Nigeria discover the next Lionel Messi?
Lesotho's 'pilot' fruit and flower farm - As part of a World Bank pilot programme, smallholders in Lesotho have been offered a stake in a commercial venture.
Ethiopia's love of raw meat, but too hot for BBC reporter - Raw meat is considered a delicious delicacy by many in Ethiopia.
'Our textiles use iconic symbols of Lesotho' - The graphic designers using Lesotho's cultural symbols to produce fashion and home interiors.
Nigeria to play friendlies in London - Nigeria will play international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London in March.
Hosts Zambia open Under-20 Nations Cup with victory over Guinea - Hosts Zambia begin the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Guinea in front of a packed home crowd at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Alastair Leithead: Emerging from South Sudan's swamps - Thousands are to receive aid in Unity State but many more remain cut off, writes Alastair Leithead.
Stanley Kwenda: Could the next Messi come out of Lagos? - One of the world's biggest football clubs, Barcelona is taking its skills to Nigeria.
Martin Patience: Why is Nigeria's president still in London? - Rumours are rife about the state of Muhammadu Buhari's health - and about his grip on power.
Drought battle - Kenyan herders are giving their own food to animals to keep them alive during the severe drought.
Africa's top shots: 10-16 February 2017 - A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Africa's 2016 in pictures - A selection of the most striking news images from the African continent this year.
Preserving rural Mali - 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.
'Extravagant grannies...' - This year's Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria brings together well-known photographers and their take on identity in Africa.
Concrete canvas - After nearly three years of war, South Sudanese artists want to get the country thinking and talking about peace, and have landed on a novel way to do it.
Octopus hunters of Zanzibar - The white beaches of Zanzibar’s coast are home to the octopus hunters, in search of the delicacy.
Behind the hawker hustle - Photos of street vendors from across Africa who it is thought account for more than half of the continent's work force.
Spectacular Botswana - Spectacular landscape and wildlife provide some stunning images from Botswana.
Vaccine sprint - 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.
Yousra Elbagir: Global pariah - 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.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Nigeria's art of flowery language - In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the art of Nigerian verbosity.
Elizabeth Ohene: 'Honourable for life' - Life as an MP in Ghana is a tough and short-lived stint, but the privilege of being called "Honourable" is worth the trouble, writes Elizabeth Ohene.
Joseph Warungu: Striking a pose in 2017 - In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu identifies key people, places and events to watch out for in Africa in 2017.
Ebrima Sillah: Home sweet home - After 12 years, Ebrima Sillah, who was forced to flee The Gambia for being too critical of Yahya Jammeh, hopes to return home.
Mannir Dan Ali: 'Limping giant' - In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali considers why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone.
World's vainest people? - 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.
From Julia to Julius - Julius Kaggwa was born intersex, which made for a confusing, isolating and sometimes dangerous childhood growing up in Uganda.
Africa's top shots: 17-23 February 2017 - A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
'Joining the desperadoes' - Elizabeth Ohene considers Ghanaians' wanderlust as her compatriots join those taking risks to claim asylum abroad.
'One is enough' - Polygamy is widely accepted all over Nigeria but one of the country's most prominent Muslim leaders is trying to ban the practice - in some cases.
Famine returns - The UN has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years. So why has famine returned?
'Wanted for my body parts' - An albino hunted for her body parts tells the BBC she lives in fear after surviving a kidnap attempt in Malawi.