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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: UN urges protection of civilians
People in the region's capital are told to "save themselves" as the army advances on the city.

Life after al-Shabab: Driving a school bus instead of an armed pickup truck
The Somali government retrains defectors from the al-Shabab militant group as barbers, drivers, mechanics and tailors.

Fifa bans Caf president Ahmad for five years
Fifa bans Confederation of African Football president Ahmad for five years years for breaching various codes of ethics.

Anele Ngcongca: Former South Africa star killed in car crash
Former South Africa midfielder Anele Ngcongca has been killed in a crash.

Seun Kuti: ‘Nigeria has even failed the unborn’
Seun Kuti, the son of legendary musician Fela Kuti, has thrown his support behind the #EndSARS movement.

Burkina Faso election takes place amid jihadist threat
It is on the frontline of an Islamist insurgency and at least 400,000 people were unable to register to vote.

Cyclone Gati hits Somalia
The storm with sustained winds of around 60 mph brings torrential rain to the African country. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka braces for stormy weather next week. Louise Lear has details.

Kenyan online cartel is luring girls to orgies, police warn
Police say they have rescued teenage girls being targeted online during the coronavirus lockdown.

Canary Islands to provide emergency shelter for 7,000 migrants
The Spanish island chain has been overwhelmed by more than 18,000 arrivals this year.

Bobi Wine protests: Shoot to kill defended by Uganda minister
The security minister says "police have a right to kill you" after 28 protesters died in clashes.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Debretsion Gebremichael, the man at the heart of the conflict
War veteran and ex-minister Debretsion Gebremichael now leads the struggle against the government.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Fact-checking misleading images
Manipulated and false images with no relation to the crisis in Ethiopia are being shared online.

The loyalty oath keeping Rwandans abroad in check
Leaked footage fuels allegations of an aggressive crackdown on Rwandan "critics" in the diaspora.

Africa basks in Booker boost for female writers
Maaza Mengiste and Tsitsi Dangarembga's shortlisting for a major prize is a boost for Africa's literary scene.

Letter from Africa: Culture clash over Nigeria's rival alphabets
A court case of the use of Arabic script on the local currency reveals deep cultural and religious divides.

Jerry Rawlings: Remembering Ghana's 'man of the people'
Ghana's longest-serving leader led by example but later fell foul of his own standards, says Akwasi Sarpong.

Tigray crisis: Three consequences of the crisis in Ethiopia
Three consequences of the ongoing crisis in Tigray.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: 'My little brother needs medicine'
A BBC journalist on the fears for her family in Ethiopia's Tigray region following an outbreak of fighting.

Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: The long, medium, and short story
A conflict in the Tigray region is threatening to destabilise East Africa. This is why.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: How the conflict could destabilise its neighbours
With accusations of Eritrean involvement and thousands fleeing, the Tigray conflict could have serious repercussions.

Tigray crisis viewpoint: Why Ethiopia is spiralling out of control
The warring sides in Tigray see history very differently, and that could cost tens of thousands of lives.

Ethiopia Tigray crisis: 'We came with the clothes on our backs'
The on-going conflict in northern Ethiopia has forced civilians from the Tigray region to flee to eastern Sudan.

Nigerian Precious Achiuwa talks about being snapped up by Miami Heat from the NBA draft.
Nigerian Precious Achiuwa talks about being snapped up by Miami Heat from the NBA draft.

Ibrahim Omer: Former Eritrean refugee who's New Zealand's first African MP
Ibrahim Omer fled Eritrea as a refugee making his way to New Zealand and becoming the country's first African MP.

Tigray: Ethiopia denies Mekelle strikes targeted civilians
Ethiopia's federal authorities deny reports that civilians were targeted during airstrikes in Mekelle.

Zimbabwe water shortage: The community that gets water from a cemetery
As some wells dry up, the residents of Hopley, Zimbabwe, now draw water in a nearby graveyard.

Nollywood producer Mo Abudu: ‘Our lives matter, our stories matter’
EbonyLife media CEO Mo Abudu explains why African filmmakers need to be the ones to tell African stories.

Egypt: More than 100 intact sarcophagi unearthed near Cairo
Archaeologists opened one coffin to reveal a mummy, dating back over 2,500 years.

Ethiopia Tigray crisis: 'We fled from death and murder'
Ethiopians explain why they fled their homes in Tigray to seek refuge in Sudan.

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