Africa

Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali freed after six years

Johan Gustafsson was abducted in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in November 2011 along with a South African and a Dutch.

Johan Gustafsson, Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali, freed

Africa

Boko Haram attacks blamed for deaths in Nigeria, Chad

Nine civilians are killed in suicide attacks in Nigeria's Maiduguri, while eight troops die in raid in next-door Chad.

Boko Haram attacks blamed for deaths in Nigeria, Chad

Africa

South Africa trial due to start over alleged racist attack

In South Africa, a trial is due to start for two white men who allegedly forced a black man into a coffin and threatened to pour petrol on him.

Africa

Harar: The City of Saints

The colourful, maze-like alleys within the Mecca of Africa remain alive and busy during the holy month of Ramadan.

The walled city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia

Africa

Harsher laws sought against illegal sand mining in Namibia

Illegal sand mining is threatening the environment and communities in Namibia. Residents say regulations against the practice are being ignored and are calling on the government to impose harsher laws.

Africa

Is the UN tackling sex abuse by peacekeepers in CAR?

Despite a touted zero tolerance policy, allegations of sex abuse by peacekeepers continue to rise in the Central African Republic.

Africa

UNESCO World Heritage site 'used for drug trade'

The US says the West African Bijagos Islands are a hub for Latin American drug traffickers who use them as a transit point to Europe. The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site known for their unique ecosystem.

In the Field

Gambia: The business of human trafficking

Mohammed Lamine Janneh, also known as L-Boy, discusses this lucrative trade.

War & Conflict

UN to investigate DR Congo killings

Ongoing violence in central Kasai region has killed more than 3,300 people since October, according to Catholic church.

UN rights body votes to investigate Kasai killings

Human Rights

Week in pictures: From Yoga Day to CAR crisis

A photo round-up of some of last week's key events, including Yoga Day, Portugal forest fires and air raids in Yemen.

Week in pictures: From Yoga Day to CAR crisis

Africa

Somali pirates target ships in the Indian Ocean

Pirates appear to be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean. Attacks were common until warships from an international force launched a major crackdown five years ago. But the ambushing of four ships by Somali pirates has ended the relative calm

Africa

South Africa court allows secret Zuma confidence vote

Opposition hopes secret ballot will encourage members of President Jacob Zuma's ANC party to vote against him.

War & Conflict

Car bomb kills four outside Mogadishu police station

Bomb targeting the Waberi police station in Mogadishu kills at least four and wounds several others, says police.

Car bomb kills four outside Mogadishu police station

People & Power

Uganda's Health Pyramid

We investigate allegations involving a Chinese billionaire and a controversial alternative health scheme in Africa.

Africa

Niger’s water crisis hits farmers

In the country’s most fertile region called Agadez, severe water shortages are causing farmers to struggle. And inadequate irrigation systems are helping to push food prices higher.