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Do Sahel countries still want French troops on their soil?

The President of France Emmanuel Macron has called for a summit with leaders of west African countries of the Sahel region. The meeting will assess African leaders' support for the French-led anti-terrorism mission Barkhane. We hear what the president of Burkina Faso had to say in regard, and the United Nations International Organisation for Migration describes the scale of the displacement people are suffering in the region.

The US is to send a new ambassador to Sudan for the first time in over two decades. Is this a first step towards lifting sanctions? Lauren Blanchard is foreign policy and African affairs analyst for the US Congress and tells us more.

DJ Edu introduces 'This is Africa': a new BBC World Service programme showcasing the sounds of young Africa.

How can we adapt to a changing climate?

This year's Komla Dumor debate focuses on the effects that the build up of global carbon emissions in the earth's atmosphere are having on the planet, and how that is affecting every living creature. What should governments do? And what's the role of scientists and civil society in helping people adapting to a changing climate? Leading the debate, is this years winner of the Komla Dumor award, Solomon Serwanjja

COP25: Can climate summit solve Africa's problems?

The International Conference on Climate Change COP25 kicks off in Madrid, Spain. Two hundred countries are taking part in the event, and among them, some of the African states most affected by the effects of high carbon emissions in the atmosphere. As extreme weather is still lashing large parts of eastern and central Africa, we ask Dr Mithika Mwenda, of the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance, can the COP achieve its results?

In Kenya, stigma remains a problem in some communities, especially in remote areas. Our reporter Dayo Yusuf travelled to Wajir County, in North-eastern Kenya, where cultural and religious barriers have made it even harder for society to embrace those living with HIV.

Sudan: Former governing party dissolved

Sudanese transitional government announces two major laws to dissolve the former ruling National Congress Party and to repeal the public order law.

The new head of UNAIDS - Winnie Byanyima, has said that stigmatisation remains a major problem in the fight against HIV.

And our resident presidents tries out the electric car, but what's their verdict?

Have Kenyans overcome post-electoral divisions?

President Uhuru Kenyatta is presenting the results of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a report aimed at reconciling the country's opposing political factions and start political reform. But two years after violent post-electoral protests erupted in Kenya, have Kenyans healed their divisions? Our correspondent Victor Kenani gives us the details.

"Meet the Adebanjos" is a British Nigerian sit-com about a Nigerian couple, Bayo and Gladys, trying to bring up their British born children in South London. Joining us in the studio are the Executive Producer Andrew Opeyemi and the actress who plays Gladys, Yetunde Oduwole

Can Kenya protect its citizens from extreme weather?

Devastating floods are continuing to spread havoc across parts of East Africa. Somalia and South Sudan had been heavily affected and in Kenya more than 56 people have lost their lives. We look at Kenya's state of preparedness with the deputy director of Kenya Meteorological Department, Samwel Mwangi.

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, World Health Organisation's Technical Officer Avni Amin tells us why framing violence against women as a matter of public health may help saving lives. We also hear from Leah Eryenyu, an activist with the Uganda Feminist Forum.

A company partly owned by the British Government has been accused of a series of environmental and human rights abuses – in a damning report published today. Human Rights Watch says palm oil producer Feronia, which has plantations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been dumping untreated waste directly into the rivers used for drinking water, paying some of its workers under 2 dollars a day – and making them work in dangerous conditions.

Anger at the UN after DRC rebels abduct children

Residents in the Congolese city, Beni turn their anger towards the UN for failing to protect them, after several children were abducted by a rebel group.

Plus will the death of a prominent Somali-Canadian peace activist in Mogadishu and other recent attacks deter high-profile Somalis from returning back to the country?

And we hear from Divina Maloum, the Cameroon teenager who is a joint winner of this year's International Children's Peace Prize.

The most ungrateful job in the world

On world toilet day we look at one of the toughest jobs in the world - informal sanitation workers and speak to experts highlighting the importance of provision of what should be a basic right

We hear from the campus in Nairobi, as University students raise their voices and start a campaign to end sexual harassment

And we speak to the Malawian musicians using traditional instruments to create a brand new sound

Gory scenes in Nigeria's Zamfara State

At least 14 people have been killed and many others wounded in an attack by armed men on a village in Nigeria's north-western Zamfara state according to Nigerian police.

The University of Oxford Union has been criticised, following an incident where a blind student was reportedly forcefully removed from a debating chamber.

Ebenezer Azamati was "accosted" by a security guard when he tried to return to a seat he had earlier reserved before the debate on 17 October.

Can a 'special status' bring peace to Cameroon's anglophone region?

Cameroon's President Paul Biya told that the country's English-speaking region should be given special status to avoid further violence. But is this really a concession? We find out what Cameroonians make of it

There's still confusion on the identity of a stowaway Kenyan man whose body landed in a house garden in London, after falling from a Kenya Airways plane in June. Our reporter in Nairobi tries to clarify.

Nigeria's Senate discusses a controversial bill calling for tougher laws, including life sentence and the death penalty, for people found guilty of hate speech. But how is hate speech defined? Our correspondent in Abuja shines a light on the details of the law proposal

Burkina Faso shooting kills 38 people

Unidentified gunmen have attacked a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold mining company Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso. At least 38 people have been killed, and 60 more were wounded. The BBC's Louise Dewast brings us the latest.

The former Congolese rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda, has been given the longest sentence ever handed down by the ICC, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. We hear from the Court in The Hague, and our correspondent Gaius Kowene gathers reactions from Kinshasa.

We speak to Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who has tweeted that he doesn't want to be called 'His Excellency' anymore because the title is a "symbol of executive arrogance". Instead, he's chosen to be addressed only as 'Mr Governor'.

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