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Nigeria's President Buhari fires armed forces chiefs
No reason was given but the country continues to grapple with insecurity and an Islamist insurgency.

Kenyan Mansur Mohamed Surur charged in US over '$7m smuggling ring'
Elephant tusks and rhino horns "hidden inside African masks" were exported, US prosecutors say.

Dozens of smuggled chameleons found in suitcase in Austria
The animals are being nursed back to health at a zoo after Austrian airport security spotted them.

Hope and fear as Somalia’s civil war turns 30
The BBC's Andrew Harding has returned to Mogadishu to see what hopes people have for peace.

David Bright: Botswana mourn death of former Zebras coach
Tributes have been paid to former Botswana coach David Bright who has died after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Biden raises vaccination goal to 1.5m a day after criticism
The new president ups the target as Minnesota records the first US case of the Brazil Covid variant.

The solar solutions helping Zambia's economy
Foreign investment into solar products are helping to plug Zambia's power shortage problems.

Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: Nick Mangwana apologises for 'medical assassins' slur
Doctors were furious with the government spokesman's comments about politicians' coronavirus deaths.

Uganda ordered to end Bobi Wine's house arrest
Soldiers prevented him leaving his house in case he organised protests against disputed elections.

Ethiopia's Tigray conflict: 'My wife died giving birth to twins while we hid'
A father tells the BBC his tragic story of fleeing the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

Protecting the last wild lions in Africa
Photographer George Logan highlights the decline of wild lions using conceptual images.

Tunisians question whether life is better after Arab Spring
Ten years after ousting their strongman leader, some say the new system isn't working.

Uganda's Yoweri Museveni overcomes Bobi Wine challenge - for now
President Yoweri Museveni sees off another challenger despite the expectation surrounding Bobi Wine.

Africa's long wait for the Covid-19 vaccine
Africa will have to wait "weeks if not months" before getting WHO-approved vaccines, officials say.

Africa's week in pictures: 15 - 21 January 2021
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.

Race in South Africa: 'We haven't learnt we are human beings first'
A teacher was charged with fraud for describing himself as "African".

Coronavirus: Why South Africa has yet to roll out vaccines
South Africa is the worst-hit country in Africa, but has not yet started doing Covid-19 vaccinations.

Nigeria's police: The lingering effects of a colonial massacre
The shooting dead of striking miners in 1949 continues to have resonance in Nigeria today.

US in Somalia: 'We still need the Americans for security'
A partial withdrawal of US troops from Somalia is coming at a critical time for the country.

Kobe Bryant: NBA legend's legacy one year on
African basketball stars discuss Kobe Bryant's legacy one year since his death in a helicopter crash.

Detective Jane Mugo: Meet Kenya's 'spy queen'
BBC Africa Eye looks at the inside story of Detective Jane Mugo, the woman they call Kenya’s "spy queen".

Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive?
It's been 10 years since Egyptians took to the streets to unseat their longest-serving President, Hosni Mubarak.

The vehicle that got a village smiling
When her friends died in childbirth, a Nigerian woman hatched a plan to make a difference.

Namibia SGBV: Shannon Wasserfal's death sparks protests against femicide
The death of Shannon Wasserfal sparked protests in Namibia against sex and gender based violence.

Africa's fears over Covid-19 vaccine shortage
We need timely and equitable access to the vaccines, one of Africa's top health officials says.

Lekki toll gate shootings: What really happened?
Mayeni Jones investigates what happened when the army opened fire on protesters in Lagos in October.

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