A strike called by the opposition in DR Congo to demand that the president steps down when his term ends cripples businesses in the capital.
Riek Machar, who was sacked as South Sudan's vice-president last month, is in Sudan to receive "urgent medical attention", state media report.
A Nigerian man facing charges of breaching the peace after he named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari says it was meant as a compliment.
A campaign to fast-track British citizenship for South African runner Zola Budd triggered a major government rift in the mid-1980s, newly released documents show.
Nigeria's army says it has killed several Boko Haram commanders in an air strike and has seriously wounded the group's disputed leader.
South Africa's governing ANC party loses control of the country's largest city and economic centre, Johannesburg.
The world's newest gold rush is under way in the West African country of Mauritania as thousands rush into the Sahara hoping to strike it rich.
A widespread drought in southern Africa has knock-on effects on honey production in Zambia.
Celebrity make-up artist Jackie Mgido tells the BBC how she set up Zimbabwe's first cosmetics firm.
Undercover police in Senegal try to remove children sent by schools to beg on the streets of the capital, Dakar.
Anthropologists say it is the oldest textile known to mankind, and now local designers in Uganda are giving cloth made out of bark a new lease of life.
Triathlete Fabienne St Louis will be competing in the race on Saturday despite being diagnosed with cancer in December.
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