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Import restrictions in Zimbabwe have seen traders resort to smuggling in goods over the border.
Photos of street vendors from across Africa who it is though account for more than half of the continent's work force.
South African students refuse to end their protests against the proposed increase of up to 8% for tuition fees.
The US announces plans to build a military air base in Niger that will be capable of deploying drones, as part of anti-Islamist efforts.
Columnist Farai Sevenzo considers why the authorities in Zimbabwe are making efforts to protect the country's flag - and from what it needs protecting.
To mark 50 years of Botswana's independence, Alexander McCall Smith writes an exclusive short story featuring his lady detectives.
A Somali regional government official has demanded an explanation from the US after 22 civilians and Somali soldiers were allegedly killed in an airstrike.
A new database suggests a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes including orangutans, chimpanzees and gorilllas.
Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) are told to leave the schools they are occupying or face forceful eviction by UN troops.
The US imposes sanctions on two top security officials allied to DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila, accusing them of suppressing the opposition.
Kwesi Nyantakyi and Almamy Kabele Camara are elected to represent Caf in two new seats on the Fifa Council.
The authorities in Nigeria's main city of Lagos are cracking down on street hawkers, blaming them for traffic jams.
The Sudanese government is allegedly using chemical weapons against its own people, with dozens of children among 200 killed in Darfur, Amnesty International alleges.
Police in California say they shot dead a Ugandan refugee because he pulled an object that turned out to be an e-cigarette from his pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance".
Egypt's Zamalek want a capacity crowd to attend the second leg of the African Champions League final in Cairo, despite long-running security restrictions.
A 10th of children have a "monkey-like" immune system that stops them developing Aids, researchers say.
Kenyan plans to build a railway across a national park, but could it be a new version of the so-called "lunatic line" to nowhere, asks Alastair Leithhead.
A 16-year-old South African wins a Google prize for using orange peel to develop a cheap super-absorbent material to help soil retain water.
South African Joshua Chetty is banned for life from professional tennis after being found guilty of match-fixing offences.
A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.