News From Africa
Nigeria protests: President Buhari says 69 killed in unrest
on October 23, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Mostly civilians, but also police and soldiers have died in protests against police brutality.
Sudan-Israel relations agreed, Donald Trump announces
on October 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm
Sudan becomes the third Arab country in weeks to agree to normalise ties with its historical foe.
Guinea elections: Violent protests as Alpha Condé set for victory
on October 23, 2020 at 4:39 pm
Opposition supporters are contesting results showing President Alpha Condé, 82, set for re-election.
Libya rivals sign ceasefire deal in Geneva
on October 23, 2020 at 1:58 pm
It follows talks between military leaders from the government and representatives of Gen Haftar's forces.
Nigeria's End Sars protests: Families living with the pain of losing loved ones
on October 23, 2020 at 9:30 am
Two families whose lives have been forever changed by police violence seek justice for their loved ones.
Africa calls on Caf president Ahmad to seek second term
on October 23, 2020 at 6:54 am
Leaders of 46 African federations call on Ahmad to pursue a second term as Confederation of African Football president.
End Sars protests: Midfielder John Ogu calls for Nigeria team boycott
on October 23, 2020 at 5:43 am
Nigeria midfielder John Ogu calls on his team to boycott upcoming matches in protest at the country's government.
Nigeria Sars protest: The misinformation circulating online
on October 22, 2020 at 11:18 pm
Misleading claims about protests against a controversial police unit have been widely shared.
Africa's week in pictures: 16 - 22 October 2020
on October 22, 2020 at 11:04 pm
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.
Little progress on disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan
on October 22, 2020 at 5:29 pm
Despite the strengthening of the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan, little progress has been made regarding the disputed Abyei region, the head of UN Peacekeeping told the Security Council on Thursday.
Why Nigerian protesters want Beyoncé to be more like Rihanna
on October 22, 2020 at 2:36 pm
Beyoncé said she wanted to help the anti-police brutality protesters but some were not impressed.
End Sars protests: 'It was a massacre... We pay for these bullets'
on October 21, 2020 at 11:16 pm
An organiser of protests against police brutality in Nigeria tells the BBC he saw soldiers shoot people dead.
Nigeria End Sars protest: Eyewitnesses say ‘the soldiers opened fire’
on October 21, 2020 at 4:18 pm
There were violent clashes at an End Sars demonstration and protesters claim the army opened fire 'to kill'.
UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria
on October 21, 2020 at 2:23 pm
The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for “an end to reported police brutality and abuses.”
Nigeria's End Sars protests, in pictures
on October 21, 2020 at 1:47 pm
Demonstrations against a controversial police unit have been taking place for two weeks.
UN chief appeals for urgent action to reverse ‘downward spiral’ in Central Sahel
on October 20, 2020 at 1:51 pm
The world must act now to reverse the situation in Africa’s central Sahel region, where humanitarian needs are at “a breaking point”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level conference on Tuesday to address the burgeoning crisis.
Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency
on October 19, 2020 at 7:14 pm
Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday.
Sudan khalwas: Undercover in the schools that chain boys
on October 18, 2020 at 11:07 pm
A BBC News Arabic investigation has uncovered systemic child abuse inside Islamic schools in Sudan.
‘Red, red wine': The meaning of African election symbols
on October 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm
Campaign colours and why they are so important for those in pursuit of power.
UN chief urges inclusive, peaceful elections in Guinea
on October 18, 2020 at 2:54 am
On the eve of the presidential elections in Guinea, the UN Secretary-General has called on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in an inclusive and peaceful manner.
‘I hugged the man who murdered my father’
on October 17, 2020 at 11:13 pm
Candice Mama's father was killed by a man nicknamed "Prime Evil", yet the only way she could find peace was to forgive him.
Twelve migrants dead, others missing off the coast of Djibouti: IOM
on October 17, 2020 at 11:14 am
Twelve migrants have died and others are missing after being thrown off a boat by smugglers off the coast of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.
‘We want justice for these girls’: the Kenyan helpline for victims of gender violence
on October 17, 2020 at 4:05 am
Around four million girls worldwide suffer female genital mutilation every year. Although it is forbidden in Kenya, COVID-19 has led some families to revive itthe traditional practice, and a UN-supported phone helpline for victims of gender-based violence in the country has seen a big rise in calls since the pandemic hit.
Violence, COVID-19, contribute to rising humanitarian needs in the Sahel
on October 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm
A surge in armed violence, coupled with the economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to worsening conditions for children in the Central Sahel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday.
Guinea elections: Campaigning during Covid-19
on October 16, 2020 at 4:49 pm
Candidates and their supporters in Guinea's presidential election have had to campaign during Covid-19.
UN chief calls for swift action following attacks on peacekeepers in Mali
on October 16, 2020 at 2:34 pm
Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on Thursday against peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.
From End Sars to End Swat, Nigeria protests explained
on October 16, 2020 at 6:32 am
How and why did Nigeria's End Sars protests turn into End Swat protests?
Mount Kilimanjaro fire: Firefighters struggle to contain Tanzania blaze
on October 15, 2020 at 5:10 pm
Firefighters in Tanzania are struggling to tackle a number of fires on Africa's highest mountain.
Thomas Partey: Ghanaian footballer's arrival at Arsenal reignites fans' title hopes
on October 15, 2020 at 10:55 am
The arrival of Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey has reignited title hopes for many Arsenal fans.
UN envoy outlines progress towards cooperation in Africa’s Great Lakes Region
on October 13, 2020 at 5:07 pm
Even as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Africa’s Great Lakes Region continue to improve political, security and economic cooperation in line with a 2013 Framework agreement, UN Special Envoy Huang Xia told the Security Council on Tuesday.