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 1830 GMT.

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              • Thursday 21st May 2015

                Thu, 21 May 15

                Duration:
                26 mins

                Available:
                28 days remaining

                Al Shabaab make an unexpected appearance and lecture a congregation in a mosque in Kenya. Ethiopian political parties prepare for elections on Sunday. There are worrying signs in Guinea and Sierra Leone that Ebola is on the rise again and an acoustic and unplugged version of Fela Kuti's afrobeat music.

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              • Wednesday 20th May 2015

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                26 mins

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                27 days remaining

                What motivated the highest level defection yet from the Somali militant group Al Shabaab? French forces say they've killed two top jihadists in Northern Mali. West African leaders reject a proposal to impose a limit on the number of terms a president can serve.

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              • Tuesday 19th May 2015

                Tue, 19 May 15

                Duration:
                26 mins

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                UN reports of children being targeted for rape and murder in South Sudan. Human rights groups say sexual violence is being used as a political weapon in Egypt.

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              • Monday 18th May 2015

                Mon, 18 May 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

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                25 days remaining

                The EU has announced a maritime plan to stop people trafficking from Libya into Europe. Soldiers fire in the air to stop protests against a third term run for the president of Burundi. And we pay tribute to our reporter Raphael Tenthani who died in a car crash over the weekend.

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              • Friday 15th May 2015

                Fri, 15 May 15

                Duration:
                22 mins

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                22 days remaining

                What next for Burundi after several leaders of the failed coup are arrested and a triumphant President returns. Frustrations in Nigeria as acute fuel shortages cause cues at the pumps. And we hear from the Resident Presidents.

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              • Thursday 14th May 2015

                Thu, 14 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

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                21 days remaining

                Fighting erupts in Burundi's capital as elements of the military vie for control after the attempted overthrow of President Nkurunziza. We have all the latest.

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              • Wednesday 13th May 2015

                Wed, 13 May 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

                Available:
                20 days remaining

                After weeks of turmoil in Burundi, this announcement from a senior army general launches a coup to try to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza. But the president's spokesman dismisses it as a joke.

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              • Tuesday May12th 2015

                Tue, 12 May 15

                Duration:
                19 mins

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                19 days remaining

                More protests as Burundi's president refuses to delay elections. We hear from one of the negotiators who agreed a peace deal for the country fifteen years ago Ghana's state broadcaster announces a cut in transmission due to the ongoing electricity crisis.

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              • Monday May 11 2015

                Mon, 11 May 15

                Duration:
                25 mins

                Available:
                18 days remaining

                "Mediterranean Migrant issue is a security crisis": EU's foreign policy chief tells the UN Security Council Western calls for Burundi's elections to be postponed, after violent protests.

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              • Friday May 8th 2015

                Fri, 8 May 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

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                15 days remaining

                Burundi's leader defies critics over presidential bid.And the African perspective on the surprising UK election result.

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              • Thursday May 7 2015

                Thu, 7 May 15

                Duration:
                23 mins

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                14 days remaining

                More clashes in Burundi as the African Union boss says conditions are not conducive for elections. Have Archaeologists in Madagascar found the treasure that once belonged to the pirate, Captain Kidd? And Nigerian students get a chance to shine or not on their knowledge of history

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              • Wednesday May 6 2015

                Wed, 6 May 15

                Duration:
                23 mins

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                13 days remaining

                Reactions as Nigeria says low oil prices have pushed it to borrow heavily as it struggles to pay workers salaries. And And a first hand accounts of internally displaced people from South Sudan.

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              • Tuesday May 5 2015

                Tue, 5 May 15

                Duration:
                23 mins

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                12 days remaining

                Burundi's opposition cries foul as the country's constitutional court rules that President Pierre Nkurunziza can run for a third term in office. Former Boko Haram captives speak of their ordeals after being rescued by Nigeria's military And we hear from Ghana's Sakawa boys.

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              • Monday May 4, 2015

                Mon, 4 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

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                11 days remaining

                Israeli soul-searching after Ethiopian Israeli soldier beaten / three killed in Burundi protests / Somali government "bans" media from using the name 'Al-Shabab' / and Africans in the UK debate election.

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              • Friday May 1, 2015

                Fri, 1 May 15

                Duration:
                21 mins

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                8 days remaining

                Killings by security services in Kenya? / Burundi protests backed by former presidents / and the Res Pres take a shot at the British elections

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              • Thursday April 30 2015

                Thu, 30 Apr 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

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                7 days remaining

                The US weighs in on the protests in Burundi and France responds to allegations that its soldiers abused children in the Central African Republic. There is legal history in South Africa - and in Zambia, lots of people are getting fit.

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              • Wednesday 29 April 2015

                Wed, 29 Apr 15

                Duration:
                71 mins

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                6 days remaining

                The Nigerian military rescues nearly 300 women and girls from a former Boko Haram stronghold. Demonstrations continue in Burundi against the President's bid for a third term of office. Plus, poetry and protest in Zimbabwe.

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              • Tuesday April 28, 2015

                Tue, 28 Apr 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

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                5 days remaining

                Today: Another day of protests in Burundi against the president's third term bid. The UN reports a sharp increase in the number of people fleeing the country. And several new artists at the biggest show in sub-Sahara Africa: Its the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).

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              • Monday April 27, 2015

                Mon, 27 Apr 15

                Duration:
                31 mins

                Available:
                4 days remaining

                Welcome to the Africa Today podcast, recorded at 1800 GMT.

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              • Friday 24 April 2015

                Fri, 24 Apr 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                Available:
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                UN Human Rights Commissioner slams anti immigration comments in the British media. Malawians boycott South African shops. And aid workers call for unrestricted access in South Sudan.

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