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Nigeria: Buhari's Victory in Nigerian Election Has Global Significance - [The Conversation] Muhammadu Buhari's convincing defeat of incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the Nigerian presidential election is an event of global significance. To his credit, President Jonathan promptly conceded defeat, thereby discouraging any attempt to impede the transfer of power.
Africa: Sharing Genetic Data in Health Crises - [SciDev.Net] Genetic information that could help slow disease outbreaks may be kept private by researchers out of fear of violating patients' rights - that was one of the concerns expressed in a Nature article recently.
Kenya: Kenyatta Asks West Not to Lie About Security Intelligence - [The Star] President Uhuru Kenyatta has slammed foreign countries for continued issuance of advisories restricting travel to Kenya.
Congo-Kinshasa: UN Welcomes 'Milestone' Declaration of Fighting Rape in War - [UN News] The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, today called the signing of a landmark declaration by military commanders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a "milestone" on the road to ending conflict related sexual violence.
South Africa: Calls for President to Step Down a False Solution - [SACSIS] Various columnists and opposition politicians, whether from the Democratic Alliance or the Economic Freedom Fighters, have repeatedly called for President Jacob Zuma's head. They want him out and it is often insinuated that if he were gone, things would be better in South Africa. The latest round in this saga has been the vote of no confidence recently tabled by the opposition in parliament.
Kenya: Stop Criminalising Women Who Pass HIV to Baby - Court - [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -Human rights groups have welcomed moves to change a Kenyan law passed to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, which criminalises pregnant women who pass HIV/AIDS to their babies, saying it discouraged people from finding out their status.
Tanzania: Rice Farmers Ditch Bonfires for 'Bio-Coal' - [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Makifu -Until recently, a huge plume of black smoke could often be seen billowing from Winfrida Mgaya's rice fields.
Somalia: Puntland President Appoints New Deputy Minister - [Dalsan Radio] Somalia's Puntland president Abdiwali Mohamed Ali has appointed new deputy minister for ports and marine ministry after dismissing former official. Abdulahi Aadan was named the post in a statement released on Wednesday.
East Africa: Regional Mobile Money Transfers Coming Soon - [Capital FM] Kwale -Citizens of the East African Community will by the end of this year be able to transfer money via mobile phones across borders if full implementation of the One Area Network Agreement (OANA) succeeds.
Angola: Lawyers, Rights Groups Rally Around Author Marquez - [IPS] New York -The Southern Africa Litigation Centre, Amnesty International and over a dozen other human rights organisations including the African Commission on Human and People's Rights have signed an open letter demanding justice for crusading Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, whose exposés have offended several military officials and other higher-ups.
Kenya: Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commissioner Resigns - [Capital FM] Nairobi -The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission suffered a major blow after Commissioner Jane Onsongo resigned on Tuesday citing infighting within the body.
Nigeria: Gunmen Attack Village - [Leadership] Another fresh heinous attack by gunmen believed to be Fulani militia was carried out in Governor Gabriel Suswam's village, in which no fewer than 30 persons were killed.
Nigeria: In Phone Call, UN Chief Congratulates Nigeria's President-Elect Buhari - [UN News] Taking note of the results of the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections announced yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him, and called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.
Uganda: Kagezi Had Rejected Bodyguards - Police - [Observer] Before her murder on Monday night, prosecutor Joan Kagezi had rejected armed bodyguards, the police disclosed yesterday. Kagezi, 48, the assistant director of public prosecutions in charge of international crimes, was gunned down around 7:15pm in the Kampala suburb of Kiwatule. Kagezi was the lead prosecutor in the trial of suspects in the July 2010 terrorism attacks that claimed at least 76 people in Kampala. But the police would not automatically link her murder to one of her high-profile assignments.
Uganda: Africa Loses a Fearless Defender of Criminal Justice - [ISS] Pretoria -On Monday 30 March Joan Kagezi, Acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of Prosecutions at the International Crimes Division in Uganda, was shot and killed on her way home.
Sudan: Rebels 'Ready to Repel New Govt. Offensive' in South Kordofan - [Radio Dabanga] South Kordofan -The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) announced its readiness to defend the people of the Nuba Mountains during "Phase Two" of the government's "dry season" offensive against the rebel movement, recently announced by President Omar Al Bashir.
South Africa: More Lip Service On Land Reform - [SACSIS] Does the ANC intend to expropriate any land any time soon? President Jacob Zuma doesn't appear to care for the landless at all. He doesn't seem to believe that landlessness is even a problem.
Libya: UN Mission Welcomes Ceasefire, Withdrawal of Forces in Sidra Oil Crescent Region - [UN News] The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has today welcomed the ceasefire and the withdrawal of forces from the Sidra Oil Crescent area, a move which follows weeks of mediation efforts between parties.
Zimbabwe: Waterborne Diseases Spreading in Border Towns - [New Zimbabwe] MALARIA has so far killed 155 people this year while a total of 94 520 people have been infected, the Health and Child Care ministry has reported.
Kenya: Dad Marries Off 10-Year-Old Daughter - [The Star] THE father of a 10-year-old girl and the girl's husband were yesterday were charged with subjecting the underage girl to an early marriage.
Nigeria: Buhari Issues Boko Haram Vow, Says Sect Will "Soon Know Our Strength" - [Premium Times] The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has issued an audacious vow to crush the jihadi group, Boko Haram, which has tormented Nigerians for years, with an estimated 20,000 people killed.
Nigeria: Jonathan Has Nothing to Fear - Buhari - [Vanguard] ABUJA -- The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), yesterday, laid down a contract with Nigerians underpinned by a commitment to restore the dignity of all Nigerians irrespective of partisan considerations.
Nigeria: External Reserves Fall By U.S.$1.6 Billion in March - [Vanguard] The declining fortunes of the nation's external reserve continued last month, as it fell by $1.55 billion during the month.
Nigeria: Obama Calls President-Elect, Buhari - [Vanguard] US President Barack Obama spoke to Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, praising both for their role in the country's first democratic transfer of power.
Nigeria: APC Snatches Senate Majority, Ends PDP's 16-Year Rule - [Premium Times] After 16 years of majority power in Nigeria's two houses of parliament, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has finally lost the Senate to the now ruling party-elect, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Kenya: MP Mwiti Due in Court to Face Rape Charges - [Capital FM] Nairobi -Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti was expected in court on Thursday morning to face rape charges after spending the night in police custody.
Mozambique: Govt Announces New Minimum Wages - [AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Labour Minister Vitoria Diogo on Wednesday announced increases in the statutory minimum wages, ranging from 4.13 to 13.5 per cent.
West Africa: Africa's Youth - We All Have a Role to Play in the Ebola Response - [Ebola Deeply] Je suis Fally Ipupa, and the place that I call home is the Democratic Republic of Congo -- formerly known as Zaire -- the second-largest country by area in Africa. The capital Kinshasa became visible on a global stage after American sports legend Muhammad Ali brought the historic boxing event "Rumble in the Jungle" to D.R. Congo in 1974. Although this was before my time, it is recognized as the greatest sporting event of the 20th century. D.R. Congo is unfortunately also known as grou
Ethiopia: Meeting Halfway - [Addis Fortune] It is not just business as usual for the Egyptian government. On the one hand, Egypt is prepared to send troops into Yemen, with President el-Sisi stating that his country must "fulfill the calls of the Yemeni people for the return of stability and the preservation of the Arab identity."
Ethiopia: Ethiopian, Egyptian Leaders Flow Smoothly On the Nile - [Addis Fortune] It is not just business as usual for the Egyptian government. On the one hand, Egypt is prepared to send troops into Yemen, with President el-Sisi stating that his country must "fulfill the calls of the Yemeni people for the return of stability and the preservation of the Arab identity."
BBC News - Africa

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

Attack on Kenya university compound - At least two people are killed as gunmen storm a university compound in the north-eastern Kenyan town of Garissa, near the Somali border.
Nigeria victor issues Boko Haram vow - The winner of Nigeria's presidential election Muhammadu Buhari vows that militants Boko Haram will "soon know the strength of our collective will".
Daily Show star defends Trevor Noah - One of the stars of The Daily Show speaks out in defence of Trevor Noah, its newly appointed host, amid controversy over old remarks he posted on Twitter.
Mbeki 'used' prosecutor against Zuma - Former South African President Thabo Mbeki used the National Prosecution Authority as a political tool against President Jacob Zuma, court documents say.
Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde Islands - Cape Verde win 2-0 against their former colonial power Portugal, who rested captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yemenis seek refuge in Somalia - Dozens of Yemenis cross the Gulf of Aden to get to Djibouti and Somalia to escape fighting and Saudi air strikes, the UN refugee agency says.
Libya Tripoli-based Islamist PM fired - MPs remove Omar al-Hassi as head of Libya's Islamist-backed alternative government in Tripoli amid allegations of financial irregularities.
Mining massacre report given to Zuma - The findings of an inquiry into the killings of 34 workers at the Marikana mine in South Africa are given to President Jacob Zuma.
VIDEO: Buhari promises to tackle Boko Haram - The winner of Nigeria's presidential election, General Muhammadu Buhari, has singled out the threat of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram as the biggest problem facing the country.
VIDEO: Buhari hometown celebrates victory - On Tuesday, opposition leader General Muhammadu Buhari was elected president of Nigeria and many from his hometown Daura have been celebrating since.
VIDEO: Why does Buhari victory matter? - BBC Africa explains why Muhammadu Buhari's election victory is so momentous for Nigeria and the continent.
VIDEO: Bedroom library brings books to township - The BBC meets a man who has created his own underground library after the local council library burned down.
VIDEO: App helping locals improve slum life - How an app and mapping technology is making life better for residents in a Nairobi slum
VIDEO: Joy and elation on Nigeria streets - Muhammadu Buhari's win in Nigeria's presidential election has triggered mass celebration in the northern city of Kano.
VIDEO: Trying to tackle albino abuse with film - A new film is trying to raise awareness of the plight of albinos in Tanzania and Malawi.
VIDEO: Nigeria election in facts and figures - BBC New looks at the facts and figures behind the presidential election in Nigeria.
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
Nigeria in pictures: Hairdressing money spinner - Nigerian hairstyling - more lucrative than banking?
In pictures: Child migrants on Lampedusa - African child migrants on Lampedusa island
In pictures: Cape Town wildfires - Fighting flames in Cape Town
In pictures: Tanzania acrobat school - Pictures of Tanzania's budding acrobats
In pictures: Focus on Africa in 2014 - Stunt riders, whisky smuggling and fashion
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
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
'I know I will play football again' - Changwe Kalale, one of Zambia's brightest young stars, vows to recover from a crash that has left him unable to walk.
Prince Ali hopes for African support - Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein is hoping his trip to Zimbabwe will win him support from Africa.
Nigerian election in memes - How the man announcing election result became a hero
Is teff the next 'super grain'? - Will Ethiopia's teff be the next must eat 'super grain'?
Saving girls from the 'cutting season' - The woman saving girls from the 'cutting season'
Why is Cecil Rhodes such a controversial figure? - Why is Cecil Rhodes such a controversial figure?
No work, no football in time of Ebola - How Ebola still affects love lives and wallets
Uganda circumcision truck fights HIV - Uganda circumcision truck fights HIV