Africa Today

Africa Today

Africa news and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast contains the day's top stories from African news - available to download Monday to Friday from 1630 GMT.

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  • 19 December 14

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    Despite Thursday's turmoil in parliament, Kenya's President signs into law the government's controversial security bill. A court in Nigeria rules people in prison should be allowed to vote in federal elections.And Ban ki Moon, UN Secretary-General, visits the African countries worst hit by ebola.

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  • Thursday, 18 December 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    The spectre of another Chibok in northern Nigeria, with reports of another attack and mass kidnapping by Boko Haram militants. Turmoil in Kenya's parliament, as opposition MPs disrupt a debate on the controversial security bill. And are anti-pirate armouries floating on the high seas really a good idea?

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  • Wednesday 17 Dec 14

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    No Sunday trading, house-to-house searches over the festive period. In Sierra Leone, there is no Christmas truce in the war against Ebola. As oil prices plummet, Nigeria's finance minister scrambles to balance her shrinking budget. And the latest on the hundreds of M23 rebels in Uganda refusing to go back to the DRC.

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  • Tuesday 16th Dec 14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    Over a million people displaced by Boko Haram insurgency may not be able to vote next February. The Kenyan government shuts over five hundred NGO's - some for allegedly for fundraising for terrorism. And we meet the newly crowned Miss World who wants to shine a light on her country South Africa

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  • Monday 15th December

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    The UN's Economic Commission for Africa asks for debt cancellations for the three countries worst affected by ebola. A year after South Sudan's current civil war is there a chance for peace? Capoeira, tracing it's origins.

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  • Friday 12th December

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Kenya security laws, Sierra Leone cancels Christmas celebrations, conviction in Ugandan toddler abuse case, and the Resident Presidents discuss the Nigerian army.

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  • Thursday, 10 December 14

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    Health officials find scores of bodies in a remote district of Sierra Leone. Has the recent scale of Ebola been under reported? Muhammadu Buhari is set to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria's presidential election. We look at how Boko Haram became one of the world's deadliest militant groups. And we'll get a response from Nigeria's presidential spokesman who says the government has got the situation under control.

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  • Wednesday 10th December

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    HIV-positive women in Kenya take government to court over "sterilisation campaign"; new deputy for President Mugabe; Is there discrimination against those who don't believe in God?; And Ugandan comedian who won a scholarship to study his craft in New York.

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  • Tuesday 9th December 2014

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    Zimbabwe's beleaguered president Joyce Mujuru has lost her standing and may have lost her job. Malaria deaths in Africa - and around the world - drop by half. And a South African woman weighs her chances in the kitchen as a master chef.

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  • Monday 8th December, 2014

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    A guilty plea from the Ugandan domestic worker who was filmed beating a toddler in her care. Freedom for the British businessman accused of murdering his new bride in South Africa - and a defeat for the prosecution.And Nigerian protestors demand answers about a plane full of military equipment in Kano.

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  • Friday, 5 Dec, 14

    Fri, 5 Dec 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    14 days remaining

    Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have withdrawn charges of crimes against humanity against the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta. He was accused of inciting the violence that followed the 2007 elections, in which more than 1,200 Kenyans were killed. Mr. Kenyatta became the first sitting head of state to appear before judges at the ICC - even if he said he was appearing in his personal capacity. We'll hear reactions from Nairobi, and from the lawyer representing Kenyan victims in the ICC case against President Kenyatta.

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  • Thursday 4 December 2014

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe accuses elements of his ruling Zanu-PF of plotting to oust him. Is the party on the verge of implosion? We'll hear more from the ongoing party congress. Over seventy Chinese nationals arrested in Kenya on suspicion of involvement in a computer hacking operation. And,Nigeria tops the list with Africa's most billionaires we'll hear why it is still a tale of two Nigerias.

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  • Wednesday, 3 Dec, 14

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    ICC judges issue an ultimatum to prosecutors in Kenyan President Uhuru's Kenyatta's case. Meanwhile, relatives of victims of the Mandera massacre in Northern Kenya struggle to come to terms with their death. And vigilantes join the fight against Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria.

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  • Tuesday, 2 Dec, 14

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

    Duration:
    38 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Kenya's president wages war against Al Shabab Islamist militants after another deadly attack in the north east. Dozens of non-Muslim civilians were targetted and killed. Two top security chiefs are replaced. Can the problem can only be dealt with in Somalia? And they may be criticised today, but the Congolese army had a glorious past during the first world war.

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  • Monday, 1 Dec 14

    Mon, 1 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    Two countries out of three have met a UN target in the fight against Ebola - but not Sierra Leone. The International Criminal Court upholds the guilty verdict against Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga. We announce the 2014 BBC African Footballer of the Year. And the Malian singing legend with a soft spot for agriculture

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  • Friday, 28 Nov 14

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Nigeria: Kano mosque attack 'kills dozens'. How well is the electronic electoral system working in Namibia? And our Resident Presidents copy North Korea's leader.

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  • Thursday, 27 Nov 14

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Ebola a year on in Guinea - why are cases increasing in the place where it all began? Rupiah Banda wants another bite of the presidential cherry in Zambia. And ancient African manuscripts displayed with pride once again in Mali.

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  • Wednesday, 26 Nov 14

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF blocks Joyce Mujuru leadership bid. Kenyan Christians demand that Muslim leaders control Islamist extremists. And a new record label to promote Malawian music.

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  • Tuesday, 25 Nov 14

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Many dead and many more injured in Nigeria in two bombings at market in Maiduguri. Recovering from mental health through music and jewellery making. And kick-starting African dreams in beautiful shoes.

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  • Monday, 24 Nov 14

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    We'll have more on the issue of domestic servants after the video of a nanny apparently physically abusing a child in her care went viral on the internet. In Kenya: the governor of Mandera - where al-Shabab killed nearly 30 people - says he warned of an attack. Nigerian Security forces raid the offices of the opposition APC. And Senegal's first female hip hop dj on making it against all odds.

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