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Nigeria: As Govt Loses Ground in North-East, a 15-Point Plan for Nigeria - [AfricaPlus]July 23 marks 100 days since the Chibok girls were abducted. The Boko Haram insurgency has brought to world attention the shortcomings of Nigeria's army, police, and other security services. President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking $1billion in external loans to enhance their capacity. His government has shifted from one bold declaration to another: a state of emergency, total war, and now adding more funds to the billions already poured into these services. There is an urgent need for a comprehensive st
Somalia: Somali Lawmaker Killed in Mogadishu - [VOA]Gunmen in Somalia's capital have shot dead a member of parliament -- the fourth Somali lawmaker killed in Mogadishu this year. A government official tells VOA's Somali Service that Saado Ali Warsame was killed Wednesday near the Ambassador Hotel. A witness who saw her body says gunmen shot her several times in the chest, then fled.
Africa: Oil Producers in Shadowy Deals With Swiss Commodity Traders - Report - [AlertNet]Washintgon -Governments in sub-Saharan Africa are selling crude petroleum in shadowy deals worth hundreds of billions of dollars without publicly accounting for the money, according to a new report.
Nigeria: A Hundred Days Later and the Chibok Girls Are Still Not Free - [African Arguments]Today, 22 July, marks 100 days since the abduction of almost 300 girls by terrorists from their school dormitory in Chibok, North East Nigeria. Since then, some of the girls managed to escape from their abductors. However, most of them remain in captivity with reports of mass rape, sexual abuse, sex slavery and even death.
Africa: Will the Brics Bank Be a Game Changer? - [SACSIS]Last week Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) announced they are joining forces to establish a BRICS alternative to the World Bank. The BRICS bank will be capitalised to the tune of $50 billion or about the same size as the World Bank's loan to Brazil.
Central African Republic: Rebels Want Country Partitioned - [Cameroon Tribune]Armed militias are expected to sign a deal ending hostilities before eventual negotiations on a comprehensive agreement.
Africa: Growth, Global Warming Threaten African Species - [VOA]Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development.
Cote d'Ivoire: Avoiding Victors' Justice - [ISS]Senegal's Minister of Justice, Sidiki Kaba, calls the interplay between politics and justice an 'explosive relationship.' This turbulent liaison is one that has haunted many post-conflict processes.
Africa: Highlights From Humanitarian Innovation Conference - [SciDev.Net]Oxford -Around 200 academics and humanitarian experts gathered in the United Kingdom at Keble College, University of Oxford, last weekend (19-20 July) for the Humanitarian Innovation Conference, where heated discussion took place on everything from how we define innovation to what role it could really play in the sector.
Kenya: Reviving 'Return to School' Policy May End Teenage Mums' Poverty, Ignorance - [AlertNet]Nairobi -Teresia got pregnant at 15 and dropped out of school because her father refused to pay her fees. Nineteen years later, she is a mother of six.
Africa: Canal+ Launches New African Channel - [Balancing Act]London -"100% African, A+ is modern, sincere and somewhat optimistic, targeted at the African family audience." This is how Canal + executives summarised the qualities of their new channel to be launched on 26th October 2014. Balancing Act's broadcast analyst Sylvain Beletre attended the press launch and looks at its impact on the market.
Africa: Let's Change How We Report Truth in Science Journalism - [SciDev.Net]How can reporters get to the 'truth' in science? Sharon Dunwoody says following the 'weight of evidence' avoids bias.
Zambia: Chiefs Back Repeal of 'Degrading' Widow Inheritance Law - Study - [AlertNet]For a widow in Zambia, the death of a husband can often mean the loss of a home, land and other property.
Swaziland: Judge Restricts Press Freedom - [Swazi Media]Swaziland's High Court has sent a chilling warning to journalists in the kingdom that the law courts can determine what they are permitted to write and what they are not.
Zimbabwe: Sex-for-Food Scheme Expose Children to STIs - [CAJ News]Masvingo -HUNDREDS of people, among them monitors as young as 14, have contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) since the beginning of the year as the situation at the Chingwizi transit camp turn dire by the day.
South Africa: Inside the Lwandle Hearings - [The Daily Vox]A ministerial inquiry into the evictions at Nomzamo, near Lwandle in the Strand, has turned into an elaborate blame game. RA'EESA PATHER reports.
Kenya: Cord Unveils Team to Craft Referendum Question - [Capital FM]Nairobi -The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) on Tuesday named four experts to lead a team that will craft the referendum question.
South Africa: Metalworkers' Union Condemns Employer Body's 'Hasty' Wage Decision - [SAPA]Johannesburg -Numsa on Wednesday bemoaned Seifsa's "hasty" decision to make public a proposed wage offer to try to end the strike in the metals sector.
South Africa: Public Protector Investigating Mandela Funeral - [SAPA]Johannesburg -Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is investigating alleged corruption by Eastern Cape municipalities relating to former president Nelson Mandela's funeral, her office said on Tuesday.
South Africa: Arrests Over Four-Year-Old Boy's Death Yet to be Made, Police Say - [SAPA]Johannesburg -Arrests have yet to be made in connection with the hijacking which led to the death of a four-year-old boy in Reiger Park, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.
Ghana: World Bank Loan to Subsidize School Project - [VOA]Accra -Ghana's government plans to use some of its World Bank loans to fund a free sanitary pad program for young girls in poor rural communities to reduce dropout rates.
South Africa: Criminal Charges Laid Against Economic Freedom Fighters - [SAPA]Johannesburg -Criminal charges have been laid against the Economic Freedom Fighters for their behaviour in the Gauteng legislature, police said on Wednesday.
South Africa: Makhaza's Shoddily Built Houses - [GroundUp]Zone 14 residents in Makhaza are worried about the shoddy building of houses managed by the Niall Mellon Township Trust (NMTT). This has prompted the provincial Human Settlements Department to investigate after receiving numerous complaints.
South Africa: The Mountain Is Not for Gays - [GroundUp]For many South Africans, the practice of traditional circumcision is vital for males if they wish their community to regard them as men and no longer boys. For most it is a significant experience, but for some it can be unbearable.
Kenya: Kenya Military Twitter Accounts 'Captured' Again - [Capital FM]Nairobi -The Twitter account for the Kenyan military has been hacked for the second time, hours after it was restored late Monday. Barely two hours after Twitter intervened and restored the account, the Anonymous Group of hackers claimed fresh control.
South Africa: Sanral Says City of Cape Town Was Involved in the Eviction of Displaced Nomzamo Residents - [GroundUp]Nomzamo informal settlement residents would have been relocated to new land years ago had the City of Cape Town not withdrawn from negotiations in 2011, attorneys for the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) told the Lwandle Inquiry yesterday.
Africa: Fragility of WTO's Bali Package Exposed - [IPS]Geneva -The "fragility" of the World Trade Organization's 'Bali package' was brought into the open at the weekend meeting in Sydney, Australia, of trade ministers from the world's 20 major economies (G20).
South Africa: South Africa's Changing Economy in the Context of Brics - [GEGAfrica]International economic agendas are shaped by domestic constraints and socio-economic development objectives - and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) states are no exception.
South Africa: Govt Recommits to Fast-Track Land Reform - [SAnews.gov.za]Government has recommitted to urgently accelerate the pace of land reform in South Africa, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti announced on Wednesday. Delivering the department's Budget Vote in Parliament, Minister Nkwinti said land reform must represent "a radical and rapid break from the past", without significantly disrupting agricultural production and food security.
South Africa: Exploring Electronic Music - 'The Future Looks Awesome' - [ThinkAfricaPress]Future Sounds of Mzansi, a new documentary by Spoek Mathambo, traverses the country uncovering countless blossoming electronic music scenes.
BBC News - Africa

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

Two deadly blasts hit Nigerian city - Two explosions targeting an opposition leader and an Islamic cleric have hit the Nigerian city of Kaduna, killing at least 40 people, police say.
Somali musician-MP is shot dead - Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead by Islamist militants in the capital, Mogadishu.
SA rhino poacher jailed for 77 years - A South African rhino poacher is sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade.
S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected - The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.
Key bridge blown up in Nigeria - Militant Islamists are suspected to have blown up a major bridge in north-eastern Nigeria, disrupting transport links with Cameroon, local residents tell the BBC.
Attack on Congo barracks 'repulsed' - An attack on the military barracks of the presidential guards in Kinshasa has been repulsed, the DR Congo government says.
Human body parts dumped in Tanzania - Eight people from a Tanzanian medical institute are arrested after 85 bags containing human body parts are found in the city of Dar es Salaam.
'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV - Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body.
Call to end FGM 'in this generation' - UK residents will face prosecution if they fail to prevent their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation or forced marriage under new measures announced.
Nigerian leader vows to free girls - Nigeria's president tells parents of the girls abducted by militant Islamists that the government is doing everything to secure their release.
Boko Haram 'controls' Nigeria town - Nigeria's militant Islamists raise their black flag in the town of Damboa after capturing it, a local vigilante leader tells the BBC.
Kenya defence Twitter account hacked - The Twitter accounts of the Kenya defence forces and its spokesman are hacked by activists protesting about corruption.
South Sudan rebels 'break ceasefire' - The United Nations (UN) accuses South Sudanese rebels of violating a ceasefire by launching an offensive to recapture its former headquarters.
Early HIV drugs 'may not stop virus' - HIV can rapidly form invulnerable strongholds in the body, dashing hopes that early treatment might cure the virus, according to new research.
Gunmen in Kenya kill four in Mombasa - Two gunmen kill at least four people and injure several others in a shooting rampage in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa.
Renewed fighting at Libya airport - Rival militias are locked in battle at Libya's main international airport, with reports of at least four people killed.
Egyptian troops killed at checkpoint - Gunmen have killed at least 20 soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in western Egypt, Egyptian security officials say.
VIDEO: Goodluck Jonathan meets girls' parents - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has had his first meeting with the parents of the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist extremists.
VIDEO: Girl Summit - in 15 seconds - A global summit in London aims to tackle issues of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Here's the story in 15 seconds.
VIDEO: Nigeria girls campaigner on leader visit - A leading campaigner for the release of Nigeria's kidnapped girls has spoken to BBC HARDtalk about Nigeria's president meeting relatives of the girls.
VIDEO: Pupils confuse Merkel with the Queen - Indian and Kenyan school pupils explain what they understand about the Commonwealth Games and tried to identify the Royal family.
VIDEO: 'I was forced to marry a stranger' - BBC News hears from a 17-year-old in Zambia who was forced into marriage against her will.
VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers - Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.
VIDEO: HIV deaths in Africa - in 15 seconds - Aids-related deaths are declining in sub-Saharan Africa but, globally, only a quarter of children who need antiretroviral therapy actually receive it. Here's the story in 15 seconds.
VIDEO: Pistorius trial - 7 July - in 60 secs - Oscar Pistorius' trial resumed on Monday in Pretoria with sports physician Wayne Derman retaking the stand.
Letter from Africa: Ghana's own goals? - How one Ghana fan coped with World Cup
Letter from Africa: Fight back against hate - Is Kenya doing enough to tackle rise of hate speech?
African countries adopt hi-tech tourism - Africa's tourism is booming thanks to effective use of technology
Joining up Ghana's healthcare to save lives - Using tech to save mothers and babies in Ghana
Does Nigeria have an image problem? - Are Nigerians too touchy about how they are viewed?
Is Nigeria ready to lead Africa? - Is Nigeria ready to become the continent's leader?
South Sudan in pictures: Threat of famine - Images reveal impact of war, including boy born in Nile marshes
In pictures: Battling Ebola in West Africa - Life and death as West Africa battles Ebola outbreak
In pictures: Yoga in Sierra Leone - Seeking inner peace to overcome Sierra Leone's war
Your pictures: South Africa - Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa
In pictures: Mixing graffiti and calligraphy in Tunisia - The Tunisian who painted the prison which once held his father
In pictures: Uganda's 'Pimp My Ride' garage - Photos of vehicles remodelled to look like crocodiles
In pictures: Excavating past crimes in Somaliland - Images of excavating past crimes in Somaliland graves
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 - 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
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe in ODI - Afghanistan cause a shock by beating Zimbabwe, only their second victory over a Test-playing nation, in a one-day international.
Algeria midfielder Brahimi joins Porto - Algeria international Yacine Brahimi signs a five-year deal with Portuguese club FC Porto from Spanish side Granada.
Will Libya's militias defeat democracy? - Will Libya's militias defeat democracy?
VIDEO: 'Without Aids drugs, I would be dead' - 'Without Aids drugs, I would be dead'
Which sport are you made for? Take our test - Which Commonwealth Games events match your abilities?
The Zambian children forced to marry - Zambian child bride tells of forced marriage to stranger
Letter from Africa: Will Chibok parents switch sides? - Why has it taken Nigeria's leader so long to meet Chibok parents?
Anatomy of female genital mutilation - What is it and why is it still being carried out across the world?
Can drones tackle wildlife poaching? - How drones may be used to fight wildlife poaching in Africa
Caring for Kenya's HIV orphans - Kenyan HIV orphans need 18 pills a day
VIDEO: Are we winning the war on Aids? In 60 seconds - A 60-second guide to the war against HIV/Aids