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VIDEO: Akon 'bringing electricity to Africa'

8 hours 34 min ago
Senegalese born hip-hop musician Akon is hoping to bring electricity to 600 million people across Africa through his Lighting Africa project.

Rare hurricane hits Cape Verde

8 hours 39 min ago
A hurricane, with winds of up to 140km/h (85mph) hits the island nation of Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa, for the first time since 1892.

Chelsea set to sign Djilobodji

10 hours 15 min ago
Chelsea are set to sign the Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji from Nantes in a £4m deal.

VIDEO: Somalia piracy 'not dead but dormant'

12 hours 54 min ago
There are warnings about a new outbreak of piracy off Somalia's coast in spite of an international naval taskforce and UK backed efforts to build stability onshore in the Horn of Africa.

Maiga leaves West Ham for Al Nassr

13 hours 43 min ago
West Ham's Mali forward Modibo Maiga leaves the Premier League club to join Saudi Arabian champions Al Nassr.

South Sudan troops 'break ceasefire'

13 hours 45 min ago
South Sudan's rebel leader accuses the government of violating a ceasefire hours after it came into effect, following the signing of a new peace deal.

Somalia warns of return to piracy

14 hours 13 min ago
Six years after he became one of the first foreign journalists to visit the pirate stronghold of Eyl, the BBC's Andrew Harding has returned to the Puntland region of Somalia, to see why - after years without a ship being hijacked - piracy is back on the agenda.

Boko Haram 'spreads to Lagos'

15 hours 14 min ago
Boko Haram is trying to expand its activities to southern Nigeria, include the commercial capital Lagos, as well as other parts of the country, officials say.

SA manhunt for 'grenade killer'

16 hours 2 min ago
Police in South Africa are searching for a 30-year-old man accused of killing his wife with a hand grenade following a domestic dispute.

Egypt row over Facebook muezzin call

21 hours 25 min ago
A muezzin in Egypt faces disciplinary action for changing the traditional call to prayer to "praying is better than spending time on Facebook".

VIDEO: Zambia's copper market hit by China

Sun, 2015-08-30 21:12
The repercussions of China's recent market turmoil are being felt around the world, and especially in countries that produce commodities such as Zambia.

Why does South Sudan matter so much to the US?

Sun, 2015-08-30 19:37
Why does a country thousands of miles away matter so much to the US and, in particular, President Obama, asks Karen Allen.

Egypt election dates set for autumn

Sun, 2015-08-30 15:33
Egypt's election commission says a long-awaited parliamentary election will be held in two stages in October and November.

Wanyama asks to leave Southampton

Sun, 2015-08-30 13:36
Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama asks to leave Southampton but manager Ronald Koeman insists the midfielder will not be sold.

Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United

Sun, 2015-08-30 13:21
Bafetimbi Gomis and Ghana's Andre Ayew both score as Swansea inflict a first loss of the season on Manchester United.

UK ambassador summoned over trial

Sun, 2015-08-30 13:18
Britain's ambassador to Egypt is summoned over his "unacceptable interference" following the trial of three al-Jazeera journalists.

Kenya tops Beijing Athletics table

Sun, 2015-08-30 12:54
Kenya comes top of the overall medal table at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing for the first time, with seven gold medals.

'Massive gas discovery' off Egypt coast

Sun, 2015-08-30 10:33
Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast.

Keeping the faith

Sun, 2015-08-30 04:13
Keeping the faith with N Ireland's Protestant order

US decries al-Jazeera jail sentences

Sat, 2015-08-29 20:05
The US says it is "deeply disappointed and concerned" at the three-year jail sentences handed down in Egypt to three al-Jazeera journalists.

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