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Ethiopia: Heavy casualties reported in Tigray airstrike

In Ethiopia more details are emerging of escalating violence in Tigray as rebels fight back against federal troops. Eyewitnesses have told the BBC that people were killed in an airstrike on a market, but the Ethiopian military denied targeting civilians.

We take a look at the process underway in Angola to amend the constitution.

And the economic issues on the minds of Zambians ahead of presidential elections in August.

Tanzania offers education to excluded pregnant students

The Tanzanian government says it will start to enrol young mothers back into education from next year, after the previous administration's approach of excluding them.

The World Health Organisation’s Africa director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti explains why Covid-19 infections are on the rise in a number of African countries.

And Togo launches an ambitious new solar power project.

Ethiopia votes in election overshadowed by conflict and delays

Millions of Ethiopians have cast their vote in a much anticipated and delayed election. But the Electoral Commission has expressed concerns over access to observers; Guinea is finally declared free of Ebola after fighting off the latest outbreak with a record-low number of infections and deaths. And ECOWAS leaders meet to discuss a common strategy against the spillover of mercenary fighters from Libya who threaten security in the West Africa region.

(Photo: Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed hopes to secure a popular mandate. Credit: AFP)

Liberian ex-commander convicted of war crimes

Liberian warlord Alieu Kosiah is handed twenty years in jail for crimes committed during the civil wars in the country; As Ethiopia approaches election day, we report from the town of Ataye, a hotspot of inter-ethnic violence. Also, we look at the homecoming of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, and the Resident Presidents' satirical take on the promises made at the G7 summit.

(Photo: Environ 250 000 personnes ont été tuées dans les deux guerres civiles du Libéria. Credit: Getty Images)

Zambia first president Kenneth Kaunda dies at 97

The first post-independence leader of Zambia, former president Kenneth Kaunda, has died aged 97; South Africa announces new restrictions as it tackles the third wave of Covid-19 infections. Also, following days of speculation, a video attributed to insurgent group Boko Haram confirms the death of leader Abubakar Shekau. And how an innovative scientific programme has started surveying the biodiversity of wetlands around the world, starting from Tanzania.

Ethiopia prepares to go to the polls

Ethiopia is gearing up for a general election on Monday after postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic and logistical challenges.

Patience Atuhaire reports on the second wave of Covid-19 being experienced in Uganda, with daily figures the highest since the pandemic began.

Plus the Ghanaian student in the United States, Verda Tetteh, who’s been making headlines after she gave away a $40,000 scholarship to other students.

Outgoing ICC Prosecutor denies bias against Africa leaders

The outgoing ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has denied allegations that the court was biased against Africans in its pursuit of international justice. She said such allegations are a form of propaganda without any basis or justification

At least ten people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu

Plus, the mother and daughter duo giving a traditional South Africa tea leaf a new lease of life on the international market

Low turnout as Algerians vote in parliamentary election

Algeria voted on Saturday in a parliamentary election, but it seems many heeded boycott calls as turnout is expected to be the lowest in twenty years.

Plus South Africa's President Ramaphosa on how the pandemic is devastating his nation and why he and other African leaders can welcome the vaccines pledges by G7 leaders.

And we hear from Rawan Dakik, the youngest African and first Tanzanian to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Dengue fever infections cut by two thirds in new scientific trial

Dengue fever cases are cut by 77 per cent after scientists experiment with introducing Wolbachia bacteria in the eggs of the mosquitoes that cause the disease; After eight years, France announced its military campaign in the Sahel. We look at its legacy and what's next. Also, what impact has Covid-19 had on maternal health services?. And the wealthiest countries in the world pledge more vaccine giveaways. But are they doing enough to help stop the pandemic?

(Photo episode: Getty Images)

Sudan removes fuel subsidies

Sudan’s finance minister defends the decision to remove subsidies on fuel, which has led to a doubling of petrol and diesel prices.

A farm in Kenya faces fresh allegations of human rights abuses.

The Cameroonian musicians signing about the crisis in the English-speaking regions.

UN reaffirms support for South Sudan

The new head of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, says they will support the country in its continued transition, but that the political class need to step up. He spoke to us in an exclusive interview.

We meet women around the world whose employment prospects have been hampered by the global pandemic.

And a debate about the legacy of colonialism across the continent.

Zambia opposition leader claims Police shot at his convoy

Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema blames the Police for the weekend shooting on his convoy. Claims the Police denies; The UN calls for urgent action to prevent millions of Tigrayans from dying of hunger. Also, we take a look at the impact of the Twitter ban on Nigerian businesses. And we discuss the economic and social impact that the pandemic has had on African countries with Sudanese champion of good governance Mo Ibrahim.

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