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North Africa: Survivors Fight for Air On 'Boat of Death' Off Libya - [UNHCR] Palermo -Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.
Central African Republic: Clashes Force Thousands to Seek Refuge in CAR - [UN News] Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari and seek shelter at a former cotton factory inside the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN refugee agency said today.
Zimbabwe: Mugabe Ranked 5th Worst African Leader but the Most Educated - [New Zimbabwe] PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has been judged the most educated African leader by a popular African website which however places him an ignominious third among the continent's worst leaders.
Burundi: Uneasy Neighbours - Rwanda and Burundi - [Deutsche Welle] The Burundian crisis has stoked tensions with Rwanda. Arrests of foreign nationals and mutual recriminations are unlikely to lead to war, but a possible split of the region into two rival blocs is worrying observers.
Chad: Boko Haram Members Sentenced to Death - [Leadership] Government of the Republic of Chad has sentenced ten members of the dreaded Boko Haram group to death on terror charges.
Africa: Criminal Networks Target African Economies - [RFI] Mafias were once seen as armies of obedient henchmen who answered to all powerful godfathers. But police and researchers in South Africa warn that crime syndicates are turning into loosely connected networks of criminal "service providers" that include international traffickers and small-time mobile phone thieves.
Mozambique: Journalist Assassinated in Maputo - [AIM] Maputo -Mozambican journalist Paulo Machava, the editor of the daily electronic newssheet "Diario de Noticias", was shot dead by unknown assailants on Friday morning in central Maputo, on the corner of Vladimir Lenin and Agostinho Neto Avenues.
Zimbabwe: Diamonds Lose Their Bling in Zimbabwe - [Zimbabwe Independent] THE value of Zimbabwe's diamonds on the international market tumbled by as much as 56% between 2013 and 2014 to US$238,6 million as the country's precious stone seems to be losing its shine.
West Africa: Ebola - Where Are We Now? - [IRIN] Dakar -For the first time in more than a year, no one in either Sierra Leone or Liberia is being treated for Ebola, raising hopes that after more than 11,000 deaths and 28,000 infections throughout West Africa, the epidemic could finally be winding down.
South Sudan: South Sudan's Unwanted Peace Agreement - [African Arguments] South Sudan's leaders have failed their country in its short life. But it is not too late for them to redeem themselves.
South Africa: Chief Justice Defends Judges Against Govt Pressure - [News24Wire] The judiciary is not guilty of interfering with the other arms of government, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Thursday.
Nigeria: Poster Boy for Good Governance Caught Up in Corruption Allegations - [African Arguments] The much celebrated former Lagos governor, Babutunde Fashola, is facing a series of allegations. But is a political falling out behind the controversy?
Gambia: Man Arrested for Sharing Picture of Prophet Mohammed On Facebook - [MFWA] Alhagie Mam Seye, a Gambian citizen, has been charged with "uttering words with intent to wound religious feelings" after he shared a picture of Prophet Mohammed on Facebook.
Nigeria: Nigerian Ambassador to U.S., Adebowale Adefuye, Dead - [Premium Times] The Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Adebowale Adefuye, is dead. According to Sahara Reporters, Mr. Adefuye, a former History professor died on Thursday at an undisclosed hospital in Washington DC.
Ethiopia: Haile Selasse - Lion of Judah or Pro-Western Dictator? - [RFI] On 27 August 1975 a French reporter phoned the Ethiopian imperial palace, which had been overrun by Marxist army officers the previous year. Haile Selassie I came to the phone. On a poor line, speaking good French, the "king of kings" sounded calm and composed, not suspecting he had only a few more hours to live.
Libya: In Libya's Desert South, a Town Fends for Itself - [IRIN] Ubari -Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need.
Somalia: Mogadishu Book Festival Brings Somali Talents Together - [Al Jazeera] The Somali capital, Mogadishu, is hosting an international book fair, the first such event in the city in more than two decades.
Africa: Islamic Climate Change Declaration Rooted in Faith - [SciDev.Net] Cairo -The first Islamic declaration on global climate change was widely welcomed last week for framing the problem as a moral issue and trying to engage the world's 1.6 billion Muslims in efforts to fight climate change.
Africa: India's Generic Drug Wars and What it Means for Africa - [SciDev.Net] Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa's health minister, recently fired up debates on global drug policy by warning that proposed changes to Indian patent law could spell death for Africans who depend on cheap, Indian-made drugs. "We regard India as the pharmacy of the developing world," Motsoaledi said. "They
Africa: Early Warning Systems Help Track the Weather and Can Do the Same for Species - [The Conversation Africa] The landscapes of southern Africa have changed at a dizzying pace over the last few decades. We may not link our stress levels, our road rage, or feelings of alienation to the steady homogenisation of our environment. But they are profoundly linked.
Africa: Intellectual Property - What Can Be Learnt From South Africa's "Please Call Me" Case - [The Conversation Africa] Throughout history intellectual property has been a contested terrain. Recent legal disputes involving big companies such as Apple and Samsung have brought the subject down to an everyday conversation.
Africa: Open Access Is Not Free - [The Conversation Africa] There is no such thing as a free lunch - or free open access.
Africa: Race, Poverty and Inequality - Black First Land First Claims Fact-Checked - [Africa Check] Former member of parliament, Andile Mngxitama, made several claims about race, poverty and inequality in South Africa in a recent article on behalf of the Black First Land First movement. Africa Check found three to be in the right ballpark, while two were incorrect.
Libya: UN Envoy Urges Parties to Agree Unity Government - [UN News] The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced that a round of Libyan political dialogue began today in Skhirat, Morocco, with discussions expected to focus on expediting the process towards finalizing the Libyan Political Agreement, including reaching agreement on a Government of National Accord.
Swaziland: Hunger Worries As King Gets New Jet - [Swazi Media] While Parliament in Swaziland has agreed to purchase a larger private jet for the kingdom's autocratic ruler King Mswati III that might cost US$30 million, news is circulating in the kingdom that the government is unable to distribute food aid to the starving rural population because it cannot afford to run trucks.
Nigeria: Those Setting Fires in Other Countries Can't Complain - [Vanguard] EUROPE is in panic. No, not because of tumbling stocks over what they see as China 'slowing down'. This itself is intriguing; fanatical prophets and apostles of market forces, begging the Chinese Government to intervene in the Stock Market. The panic is about the tidal waves of migrants from war torn countries, surviving the seas, especially the Mediterranean, to make landfall on European coasts.
Sudan: Wave of Opposition Arrests - [HRW] Kampala -Sudanese security agents have arrested, detained, and interrogated at least 17 members of opposition parties since early August 2015. Most of those arrested are affiliated with the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), which has an active student and youth wing and conducts public rallies and events.
Central African Republic: Clashes Force 5,000 to Flee After Beheading - [Al Jazeera] Around 5,000 people have fled from their homes in Bambari following clashes between rival militias over the past few days, demonstrating how fragile the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains ahead of next month's presidential election, the UN refugee agency has said.
Africa: Hundreds of Migrants Feared Dead Off Libyan Coast - [Shabelle] A boat full of migrants that launched from Libya and was headed to Italy has sunk. Authorities fear about 200 people are dead. Officials say Libya's coast guard rescued another 200 from the doomed vessel off the shores of the Libyan city of Zuwara by late Thursday.
Nigeria: Outrage Grows Over Buhari's Appointments - [Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari's appointment of some of his administration's most key officials Thursday set off a firestorm of condemnation, with critics characterising the nominations as overwhelmingly lopsided, lacking in gender balance and regional equity.
BBC News - Africa

The latest stories from the Africa section of the BBC News web site.

Sanctions threat over S Sudan truce - The UN warns warring sides in South Sudan they face an arms embargo and sanctions if they do not honour a truce due to come into force on Saturday.
Boko Haram fighters sentenced to death - Chad sentences 10 members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram to death on terror charges, after a three-day trial in the capital N'Djamena.
Ghana universities 'targeted by IS' - Ghana's authorities are investigating several universities over links to suspected recruitment for the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials say.
Libya searches for more bodies - Libyan workers continue to search for bodies at sea and on the shore after two migrant vessels capsized off Libya on Thursday, with 200 feared drowned.
Guinea 'blocking ex-leader's return' - Guinea's exiled former junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara tells the BBC the Guinean authorities are blocking his return home for elections in October.
Nigeria anti-graft boss 'not corrupt' - Nigeria's anti-corruption boss Ibrahim Lamorde denies allegations that $5bn (£3.2bn) has gone missing at the commission he heads.
Pistorius parole hearing date set - The review board which will decide whether South African athlete Oscar Pistorius should be released from jail will meet on 18 September, reports say.
VIDEO: Inside a Kenyan speciality tea factory - Lerato Mbele visits a tea farm to find out why Kenya is the world's largest exporter of the beverage.
VIDEO: South Sudan's war economy - South Sudan has what many business people describe as a "war economy" as they battle to keep their companies afloat as a result of the brutal civil war.
VIDEO: Hundreds feared dead off Libyan coast - More than 200 people are feared dead after two boats carrying around 500 migrants capsized near the Libyan port of Zuwara.
VIDEO: Slowing China affects Africa - Slowing growth in China has seen stock markets in turmoil and underlined the recent plunge in commodity prices - a key concern in many African economies.
VIDEO: Daughter 'gives Tutu hugs from well-wishers' - Archbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter Canon Mpho Tutu speaks about her father's health, saying she passes on hugs and kisses from well-wishers.
VIDEO: Celebrating books in Mogadishu - Somalia is holding its first international literary festival in the capital Mogadishu.
VIDEO: Mourning the migrants lost at sea - Many migrants trying to reach Europe come from war zones in the Middle East, but a great number are also trying to escape poverty and turmoil in Africa.
VIDEO: Peace deal signed by South Sudan president - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir signs a peace deal in the country's capital, Juba, ending a 20-month conflict with rebels.
Why Kenyans enjoyed the political blackout - Enjoying Kenya's political TV blackout
Nigeria's 'brown envelope' journalism - Shining a light on Nigeria's "brown envelope" journalism
Is Bitcoin Africa's unlikely saviour? - Could Bitcoin be Africa's migrant workers' saviour?
Malawi's expensive phone habit - The country with the world's most expensive mobile phone charges
VIDEO: Political dynasties: Good or bad? - Satirist asks if political dynasties can be a good thing
VIDEO: Has US failed South Sudan? - Satirist asks if US has given up on South Sudan
How Nigeria's presidential election works - How Nigeria's presidential poll works
Tunisia from revolution to republic - From revolution to republic
Africa in pictures: 14-20 August 2015 - From moonlight visions to dinosaur parks
African fashion comes to London - How Cecil the lion is inspiring African dress design
My natural hair journey - From relaxers to natural hair
The search for Madagascar's sapphires - The lengths people go to get hold of the blue gem
In pictures: Ghana fire recovery - What has Ghana done to recover from disaster?
Algeria profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
Angola profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this south-west African country which has been a major oil producer
Benin country profile - Provides an overview, facts and figures and history of this West African nation seen as one of the continent's most stable countries
Botswana profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of Botswana, a major diamond producer in Southern Africa
Burkina Faso profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this West African nation
Burundi country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for Burundi, this small country in Africa
Cameroon country profile - Provides an overview of Cameroon, including key events and facts about this former French and British colony in Africa
Cape Verde profile - Overview - Key facts, figures and dates
Central African Republic profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this land-locked African country
Chad profile - Provides an overview of Chad, including key events and facts about this African country
Comoros country profile - Provides an overview of the Comoros, including key events and facts about this island nation off the coast of Africa
Republic of Congo profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Democratic Republic of Congo profile - Key facts, figures and dates
Djibouti profile - Provides an overview of Djibouti, including key events and facts.
Egypt profile - Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.
Equatorial Guinea profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea profile - Provides an overview of Eritrea, including key events and facts for this country on the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia profile - Provides an overview of Ethiopia, including key events and facts about this ancient former Christian empire in northeast Africa.
Gabon country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
The Gambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about The Gambia.
Ghana country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
Guinea country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this west African country.
Guinea-Bissau profile - Provides an overview as well as key facts, figures and dates for this west African country
Ivory Coast profile - Provides an overview of Ivory Coast, including key events and facts about this west African country recently plagued by civil war.
Kenya country profile - Provides an overview of Kenya, including key events and facts of this East African country.
Lesotho country profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of his small country completely surrounded by South Africa
Liberia profile - Provides an overview of Liberia, including key events and facts about this West African country
Libya country profile - Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer which was ruled by Colonel Gaddafi for 42 years.
Madagascar country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this island nation which lies off Africa
Malawi country profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Malawi
Mali country profile - Concise information about Mali and its people, including figures for area, population, main languages, religions, exports, and more.
Mauritania country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa
Mauritius country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Mauritius, including key events and facts about this ethnically diverse Indian Ocean island nation
Morocco country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb
Mozambique country profile - Provides an overview of Mozambique, including key events and facts about this former Portuguese colony and its recovery from a long civil war in the 1980s.
Namibia country profile - Provides an overview of Namibia, including key events and facts about this sparsely populated but stable country on Africa's south-west coast.
Niger country profile - Provides an overview of Niger, including key events and facts about this arid state on the southern rim of the Sahara.
Nigeria profile - Provides an overview of Nigeria, including key events and facts about this oil-rich country with multiple ethnic and religious divides.
Rwanda country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Rwanda, including key events and facts about this East African country that is still recovering from the genocide of 1994.
Sao Tome and Principe profile - Provides an overview of Sao Tome and Principe, including key events and facts about this oil-rich island nation - one of Africa's smallest states.
Senegal profile - Provides an overview of Senegal, including key events and facts about this west African country
Seychelles profile - Provides an overview as well as facts and figures on this island state situated off the coast of Africa
Sierra Leone country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this west African country
Somalia profile - Provides an overview of Somalia, including key events and facts about this civil war-wracked country on the Horn of Africa.
South Africa profile - Provides an overview of South Africa, including key events and facts about this diverse country on Africa's southern tip.
South Sudan profile - Provides an overview of South Sudan, including key events and facts about Africa's newest nation
Sudan country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Swaziland profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this small southern African kingdom
Tanzania country profile - Provides an overview of Tanzania, including key facts and events as well as news
Togo profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Togo
Tunisia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia
Uganda profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Uganda.
Zambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zambia.
Zimbabwe profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zimbabwe.
Ceuta, Melilla profile - An overview
Puntland profile - An overview the autonomous region of Somalia
Reunion profile - Provides an overview, key facts and dates for this Indian Ocean island
Somaliland profile - An overview
St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha profiles - An overview
Western Sahara profile - An overview
Zanzibar profile - Provides an overview and key facts for the semi-autonomous, island territory that lies off Africa
Carayol opts out of Afcon qualifier - Mustapha Carayol reveals he asked not to be in The Gambia's squad to face Cameroon in next month's Nations Cup qualifier.
Msakni earns recall to Tunisia squad - Youssef Msakni is back in the Tunisia squad for September's Nations Cup tie against Liberia, after a six-month absence.
South Sudan businesses struggle in a 'war economy' - The people trying to make money despite conflict
Senegal migrant town mourns lost sons - The families bereaved by migration to Europe
Five ways China's economic crisis will affect Africa - Five ways China economic crisis will affect Africa
Does Nigeria run better without a cabinet? - Does Nigeria run better without ministers?
Africa in pictures: 21-27 August 2015 - Puffed up cheeks, karate kicks and ballet leaps
Africa this week: Five things we've learnt - ... and four other things we've learnt this week in Africa
The battle over the words used to describe migrants - Disputes over the terms used to describe migrants
Viewpoint: Treat refugees as a development issue - Host countries are not exploiting refugees' skills