Zimbabwe soldiers charged over ‘bomb plot’

Prosecutors in Zimbabwe have reinstated charges against two soldiers accused of planning to petrol-bomb a dairy farm owned by President Robert Mugabe's family, the...

Nigeria ‘abducted girl to be re-united with family’

A 13-year-old Nigerian girl who was allegedly abducted and forced into marriage is to be re-united with her family today in the capital, Abuja, police...

Buhari anger over budget fiasco

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed "severe punishment" for officials who embarrassed the government by doctoring the record $31bn (£20.8bn) national budget he tabled in parliament...

Komla Dumor Award 2016: Seeking a future star of African journalism

The BBC is seeking a future star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its second year. The winner...

Kenya row over police woman assault

Kenya's Inspector General of Police has ordered the prosecution of a white pilot who was captured on camera assaulting a police woman. The pilot, who...

Museveni rival Kizza Besigye arrested over protest march

Uganda's main opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been taken into police custody after vowing to lead a protest march against President Yoweri Museveni's election...

Niger election: Voters choose president in tense polls

Vote counting is under way in Niger following Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections. President Mahamadou Issoufou is hoping to secure a second term in the...

Faith put to test; Congregants flee church after the ‘devil’ appears

Worshipers at a Pentecostal church in South Africa sustained minor injuries after a naughty 15-year-old boy caused a stampede.  The faithful bolted out of the...

South Africa’s Zuma makes U-turn over Nkandla revamp money

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has made a U-turn in court over his refusal to repay some of the $23m (£15m) of state money...

Burkina Faso: Kidnapped Australian woman freed

Militants have freed an Australian woman kidnapped with her husband last month in Burkina Faso, releasing her in neighbouring Niger. Jocelyn Elliott and her husband...

Burundi grenade attack kills four, including boy

Four people have been killed in Burundi in a grenade attack on a bar in the capital Bujumbura, officials say. Among the victims was a...

Aids in Zimbabwe: Making decent burials affordable

The atmosphere in John Mutau's coffin-making workshop feels sombre. Coffins ready for the market are lined up across the room, leaving little space for his...

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to repay Nkandla upgrade funds

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has agreed to repay some of the $23m (£15m) the government controversially spent on upgrading his private rural home. In...

Congo-Brazzaville ruling party nominates Nguesso for third-term

Congo-Brazzaville's ruling party has named long-serving President Denis Sassou Nguesso as its candidate for elections due to be held in March. Last year, more than 92%...

South African mayor defends virgin scholarships for students

A South African mayor has defended the decision to award scholarships to 16 female university students, which are conditional on them remaining virgins. Dudu Mazibuko...

Break-in at VP’s office- Zimbabwe

Intruders have broken into the office of Zimbabwe's vice president - considered President Robert Mugabe's heir apparent - through the ceiling. Debris from Emmerson Mnangagwa's...

Lack of hangman stalls Zimbabwe executions

Zimbabwe has not been carrying out the death penalty because it does not have a hangman, the state prosecutor says. Olivia Zvedi was responding to...

Whatsapp to be regulated in South Africa?

Over-the-top internet services, such as WhatsApp and Viber, could be regulated in South Africa, depending on the outcome of planned parliamentary hearings later this...