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Africa: Drama Looms At Africa Cup of Nations - [allAfrica]With the final round of pool matches under way, one of the major features of the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea has been the inability of teams to hold onto a lead.
Nigeria: Kerry 'Impressed' After Jonathan, Buhari Meetings - [Premium Times]The U.S. government has advised Nigerian politicians to work towards ensuring a peaceful and violence-free February general elections.
Liberia: 'Just Five Cases of Ebola Left' - [Deutsche Welle]A nurse who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola on British soil has been discharged from hospital after making a complete recovery. It comes as the UN announced just five confirmed Ebola cases in Liberia.
Ghana/South Africa: Black Stars and Bafana Both Face Crunch Afcon Game - [allAfrica]One or both of Ghana and South Africa will be out of the Africa Cup of Nations when they complete their Group C action in Mongomo on Tuesday.
Algeria/Senegal: Desert Foxes Under Pressure in Senegal Clash - [allAfrica]Africa's top-ranked side Algeria need a win to ensure they don't suffer an embarrassing first-round exit at the African Nations Cup when they play their final Group C game against pool leaders Senegal in Malabo on Tuesday.
Libya: New Round of Peace Talks Begins - [UN News]Libyan parties have gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, today for a new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the North African nation's political crisis.
Egypt: Mubarak's Sons Released - [Deutsche Welle]The sons of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have been freed from a southern Cario prison, nearly four years after they were first incarcerated. Like their father, both still face a retrial in a corruption case.
South Africa: Scientists Make Astronomy Breakthrough - [SA Info]Wits scientists have found three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way.
Africa: AU Summit - the Men in Hats With Their Backs Against the Wall - [ISS]As African leaders meet this week for their bi-annual African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, the world will be watching to see whether the continent is united and pro-active in solving its own problems.
Kenya: Narok Town Protest Turns Deadly - [The Star]One person has been confirmed dead while ten others have been seriously injured after protesters took to the streets of Narok town to evict Governor Samuel Tunai over corruption allegations.
Congo-Brazzaville: Thievy Bifouma Leads Congolese Strike Force - [allAfrica]Group A at the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea proved to be something of a surprise with the two less fancied sides advancing to the quarter-finals.
Zambia: Inonge Wina Is Zambia's First Female Vice-President - [Zambia Reports]Republican President Edgar Lungu has appointed Zambia's first female Vice-President Inonge Wina replacing Lusaka Central MP Guy Scott.
Kenya: Solar to Grab Bigger Slice of Clean Energy Pie - [Thomson Reuters Foundation]Nairobi -Kenya is moving to boost its solar energy capacity, with a new plant now under construction aiming to start producing electricity for the national grid by January 2016.
Egypt: Uprising's Anniversary Death Toll Rises to 16 - [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Sixteen people were killed and 50 others were injured nationwide on Sunday, the Health Ministry spokesman said.
Congo-Kinshasa: Parliament Passes Amended Election Law - [Deutsche Welle]Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed a new election law after contentious provisions ordering a pre-election census were removed. The previous version had caused deadly protests.
Africa: Researchers Pick 'Breakthrough' Technologies for Growth - [SciDev.Net]Desalination using renewable energy, vaccines to help eradicate HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and electronic textbooks that adapt to readers' skills are among the 50 development-boosting technologies identified in a report published last week.
Congo-Kinshasa: Fear and Loathing in the DRC - [ISS]It's been the primary topic of political talk in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for at least two years: the question of how President Joseph Kabila will engineer a third mandate for himself. The constitution that he and his party championed in 2006 clearly limits presidents to two terms and Article 221, which states this, is expressly reserved from any kind of constitutional review.
Africa: Insecticide Risk Map Exposes Threat to Aquatic Life - [SciDev.Net]The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.
South Africa: Malema Threatens to Walk Naked in Parliament - [SAPA]The EFF would go nude in the National Assembly if they were to be barred from wearing their red overalls, gumboots and maid uniforms, The Star reported on Monday.
Malawi: Brace For Economic Disaster, Warn Experts - [Malawi24]Economists have warned government against an impending financial crash as a result of the incessant floods which have significantly destroyed cash crops such as Tobacco and Tea in almost all the flood-hit districts across Malawi.
Zimbabwe: Troubling Spike in Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB - [IPS]Harare -About eight years ago, 44-year-old Tilda Chihota was struck with tuberculosis which kept her bed-ridden for over six months at her rural home in Zimbabwe's Mwenezi district, 144 kilometres southwest of Masvingo, the country's oldest town.
South Africa/Senegal: Bafana Bafana Struggles to Finish - [allAfrica]If South Africa are to bow out of this African Nations Cup after their final match against Ghana on Tuesday, they will look at this as a tournament of missed opportunities.
Mozambique: Government-Renamo Dialogue Resumes - [AIM]Maputo -Delegations from the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo met in Maputo's Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre on Monday for the 91st round of a dialogue which began in April 2013, with Renamo still insisting on a division of senior military positions, while the government rejects this as incompatible with the demand for separating political parties from the state.
Africa: Aubameyang Fails to Deliver - [RFI]On day nine of CAN, here are five things we've learned.
Nigeria: Inside Nigeria's House Servant Racket - [IWPR]Problem of young domestic workers and middlemen stealing from clients has become widespread.
Zambia: President Sworn In, but Opposition Says Election Was 'Stolen' - [African Arguments]Arthur Simuchoba -Finally, the result of the January 20 presidential by-election in Zambia was declared on the night of January 24.
Africa: View On Migration - UN Takes Refugees' Fingerprints - [SciDev.Net]Earlier this month the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, released its mid-year trend report, which provides a snapshot of the number of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and war in the first six months of 2014. It shows that conflict displaced 5.5 million people, worsening a growing refugee crisis.
Nigeria: Central Bank Unveils New Anti-Electronic Fraud Strategy - [Guardian]THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may have raved up its anti-electronic fraud campaign with the emergence of a two-factor authentication for internal banking.
Africa: Where the Wealthiest 'Wine, Dine, Bribe and Bully' - [GroundUp]The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) extravaganza got underway last week as 700 private jets whizzed into the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos. This is a gathering where the heads of immensely rich corporations wine, dine, bribe and bully various power brokers and wannabe tycoons to do their bidding and to adopt policies that suit the corporate world.
South Africa: #sowetoattacks - 'I Could See the Hate in People's Eyes' - [The Daily Vox]Chaos broke out in Soweto this week as local youths ousted foreign traders from their shops and looted their stock. PONTSHO PILANE asked Sowetans what they thought was at the root of the attacks, which have been labeled xenophobic by some and simply criminal by others.
BBC News - Africa

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

Africa urged to act over Boko Haram - African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria's militant Islamists, the African Union chief says.
Egypt doctor 'convicted in FGM case' - An Egyptian doctor is convicted of the manslaughter of a girl who died after undergoing an illegal female genital mutilation procedure, activists say.
DR Congo 1-1 Tunisia - Tunisia and DR Congo both make it through to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they draw in Bata.
CAR minister seized 'for rebel chief' - The militia group which abducted Central African Republic's sports minister demands the release of its detained commander, an official says.
LRA commander appears at Hague court - Ugandan rebel Dominic Ongwen becomes the first Lord's Resistance Army commander to appear at the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.
Mubarak's sons released from prison - The two sons of Hosni Mubarak are released from jail, a day after the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted the former Egyptian president.
Eighteen killed in Egypt protests - At least 18 people are killed in Egypt during street protests marking the fourth anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.
Congo MPs pass amended census law - The Democratic Republic of Congo parliament passes an amended controversial census bill, following four days of violent nationwide protests.
WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks' - The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Lungu wins Zambia presidential poll - Defence Minister Edgar Lungu wins Zambia's presidential election for the governing Patriotic Front with 48.3% of the vote.
Libya's Ansar confirms chief's death - Libya's Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia confirms its leader Mohammad al-Zahawi has died, after apparently being wounded in October.
Ghana official wears wife's coat - Ruling party official laughs off criticism for donning the fur-trimmed number on visit to Germany.
VIDEO: Stigma of caring for Ebola patients - People who help those with Ebola in West Africa have to overcome not just the danger of that role, but also stigma and social isolation.
VIDEO: Is this the world's oldest pupil? - Ninety-year-old Kenyan student Priscilla Sitienei says she wants to inspire children, especially girls, to get an education.
VIDEO: Kenyan media: Is it profitable? - With 20 privately-owned television stations and over 370 radio stations, Kenya's media industry is vibrant but not necessarily lucrative.
VIDEO: Botswana's first youth radio station - Founder of Yarona FM, Percy Raditladi, talks about the rise of the radio station and its plans for the future.
VIDEO: Foreign shops looted in Soweto - Milton Nkosi reports from Soweto where crowds have gathered outside foreign owned shops after a teenager was shot dead during an attempted robbery.
VIDEO: King Tut's beard raises concerns - Reports that the burial mask of King Tutankhamen has been damaged and badly repaired are raising concerns about how Egypt's ancient treasures are being treated.
VIDEO: 'Turning point' in new Ebola cases - The World Health Organization officials says there has been a 'turning point' in the Ebola crisis, as cases fall in the three affected countries.
VIDEO: Fans & police clash at Afcon 2015 - Police clash with fans before Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea's game against Burkino Faso in Bata.
Letter from Africa: Black beauty - How would African fashion have evolved without colonisation?
The year 2015 in Africa - Who will be victorious in Africa's 2015 contests?
VIDEO: Running a ceramic art business - Inside Cape Town artist's gallery
VIDEO: Living with 'statelessness' - Nearly one million people without nationality live in Ivory Coast, as Tamasin Ford reports.
Tunisia from revolution to republic - From revolution to republic
Ebola drains weak health systems - Ebola pushes West Africa's weak health systems over the edge
In pictures: Tanzania acrobat school - In Tanzania, it is not unusual to see children and adults performing acrobatic stunts in the streets, as the BBC's Rafael Estefania found out.
In pictures: Focus on Africa in 2014 - Stunt riders, whisky smuggling, score boards and high fashion
Africans in India: From slaves to reformers and rulers - Exhibition showcases role of Africans in India
In pictures: Zanzibar's clove harvest - Harvesting the cloves that spice up Christmas
In pictures: Cape Verde volcano - Images of volcano destroying island life
In pictures: Africa's 'male feminist' - Why are some men afraid of well-educated women?
In pictures: The lure of gold - Photos of men and women who risk all to get rich
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
Cape Verde Islands 0-0 Zambia - Cape Verde and Zambia both go out of the African Cup of Nations after sharing a goalless draw in torrential rain.
Safety dilemma as hosts advance - There are fears the Ebibeyin Stadium is too small to host Equatorial Guinea's quarter-final on Saturday and may cause safety problems.
Why is Boko Haram so strong? - How did Nigeria's Boko Haram become so strong?
China's concrete diplomacy in Sudan - Sudan's Chinese-built palace shows new balance of power
LeRoy: French coach but African legend - French football coach and African legend
South Africa's firebrand mellows - South Africa’s firebrand Malema polishes up
VIDEO: What's Up Africa: What now for Kabila? - Satirist asks if Congo leader enjoys his job
Africa in pictures: 16-22 January 2015 - Giant specs, high jinks and carnival trumpets
Boko Haram 'raping our daughters' in Baga - Rare account of life under Nigerian militants
Kenyan grandmother at school with her great-great-grandchildren - The 90-year-old Kenyan at school with her great great grandchildren