Pistorius forensic tests challenged

The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are being rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 3:45 am

Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future

Polls open in Algeria where 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term in office.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 3:42 am

Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear

Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants.

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 1:56 am

VIDEO: Hunt for 100 abducted girls in Nigeria

Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 5:06 pm

UN mulls medal for peacekeepers

The UN Security Council hears a proposal to create a medal for bravery in UN peacekeeping, to be named after a Senegalese soldier who saved lives during the Rwandan genocide.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 12:33 pm

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 23 - in 60 secs

The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 12:28 pm

Head of oldest African park shot

The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 11:39 am

Igesund set to learn inquiry outcome

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund will on Thursday learn the findings of the inquiry into allegations he incited players to strike.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 11:26 am

'Last' Chadian soldier leaves CAR

Chad has withdrawn all its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic, an official confirms, after accusations they sided with Muslim rebels.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 11:12 am

Remittance fees 'hurt Africans'

Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 6:02 am

Footballer defrauded by life coach

A life coach who defrauded Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie and six other clients out of more than £80,000 is spared jail.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 1:52 am

Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria

Somali refugee children's letters of hope to homeless Syrians

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 7:10 pm

On a hill, in sight of Europe

Trying to get into Europe from Morocco

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 6:56 pm

VIDEO: Teaching photo tagging in rural Uganda

Meet the woman teaching photo tagging to people in rural Uganda

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 6:53 pm

Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya

Masked gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya in the capital, Tripoli, in an attack that left his driver wounded, officials say.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 4:38 pm

Nigeria's social media lesson to the world

What Nigeria has to teach the world about social media

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 12:44 pm

Can Algeria's ailing president win a fourth term?

But Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika is still likely to be re-elected

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 10:51 am

AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya

Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 10:39 am

South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub

Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 7:56 am

Elite marathon runner misses flight

A London Marathon runner from Sierra Leone is missing after she disappeared and failed to catch a flight home.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 5:14 am

Pistorius damaged but not destroyed

Andrew Harding reflects on Oscar Pistorius' testimony

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 5:12 am

VIDEO: At site of Nigeria bus station blast

A powerful bomb blast has ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 71 people.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 4:28 pm

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 21 - in 60 secs

The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 12:37 pm

Rwandan musician and journalist held

One of Rwanda's best-known musicians and a leading journalist are arrested over their alleged links to an opposition group and rebels.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 12:21 pm

In pictures: Nigeria bus blast

Flames and grief after Nigeria bus blast

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 10:53 am