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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  • Monday, 28 July 14

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

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    Liberia closes its borders to contain the ebola outbreak as the virus claims the life of a prominent doctor. Outrage in Cameroon after the wife of the Vice Prime Minister is abducted. A number of civilians die in northern Nigeria as a suicide bomber detonates explosives at a petrol station in Kano. And we meet a man from Namibia who's putting his country on the musical map.

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  • Friday, 25 Jul 14

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

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    Radio messages go out in Sierra Leone to track down an Ebola patient on the run. Is a ceasefire deal for the Central African Republic likely to hold? Plus our Resident Presidents on Museveni, meditation and sleeping in Parliament.

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  • Thursday, 24 Jul 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

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    21 mins

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    The latest on the Air Algeria plane that crashed in the Sahara Desert. In Sudan, Meriam Ibrahim - the woman reprieved from death row - has arrived in Italy. She left Khartoum with a threat hanging over her. And thousands of Ghanaians take to the streets to protest about the government's handling of the economy and the rising cost of living.

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  • Wednesday, 23 Jul 14

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

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    19 mins

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    A 100 days since the schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok, northern Nigeria, and Boko Haram unleashes bomb blasts in Kaduna and elsewhere. A popular Somali musician turned parliamentarian is shot dead in Mogadishu. And a rapping duo in Uganda sing the news - grim as it is sometimes.

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  • Tuesday, 22 Jul 14

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan meets Chibok parents. London plays host to a UNICEF summit working toward an end to child marriage and female genital mutilation. And South Africans voice anger after a four year old was killed after a brutal car jacking.

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  • Monday 21 Jul 14

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Coping with hardship as militants Boko Haram appear to gain ground in Damboa North east Nigeria. Panic and outrage amongst nurses in an Eastern Sierra Leonean hospital after three nurses and a young man die from Ebola.

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  • Friday 18 July 2014

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    An attack on Damboa near the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the French President visits Niger and Zimbabwe dreams of hosting the World Cup. We also hear the thoughts of some resident presidents.

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

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    19 mins

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    The UN agency for fighting AIDS says new infections have fallen by more than a third - we hear from one of the countries featured in its report. Egypt hands down jail terms to suspects who harassed women. And the legendary Ghanaian author Professor Ama Atta Aidoo: Is there a lack of contemporary African literature?

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  • Tuesday 15 July, 2014

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

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    19 mins

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    Nigeria's President is rebuffed by families of the abducted Chibok girls. An electoral office containing disputed ballots due to be recounted goes up in flames in a mysterious fire in Malawi. Libya considers asking for international help to end fighting between rival factions. And an interview with Caine Prize winner, Okwiri Oduor.

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  • Monday 14th July 2014

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

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    20 mins

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    Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai travels to Nigeria to lend her voice to the Bring back our girls campaign and those fighting Boko Haram.Plus speculation still abounds over the health of Zambia's President, Michael Sata. South Africa and lovers of literature lose another of the continent's great writers with the death of Nadine Gordimer who's died at the age of 90.

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  • Friday 11 July 2014

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

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    21 mins

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    200 Ghanaian football fans seek asylum in Brazil. They say they face religious persecution at home - a claim their government disputes. Our Resident Presidents look back on the World Cup Travel bans and asset freezes imposed South Sudanese military figures - who has been targetted and why? And Ethiopia's Prime Minister responds to accusations that his government is stiffling dissent.

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  • Thursday 10 July

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

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    Amnesty International identifies those accused of atrocities in the Central African Republic. In Burundi: a law that could mean fewer houses of God are built. We'll hear why from Bujumbura. The after effects of life in domestic servitude in the Middle East. And people in Harare are sick of drinking polluted water.

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  • Wednesday 9 July

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

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    22 mins

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    Three years on from independence - and there is very little joy for South Sudanese. We'll hear from the capital Juba. As the Somali government sacks its security chiefs, we ask the UN whether this move will help to improve safety in Mogadishu? And a short story from Zimbabwe - from the Caine Prize short list.

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  • Monday 8 July, 2014

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

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    17 mins

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    Another attack sees several houses torched in Kenya's coastal Lamu region as hundreds flee the area As South Sudan marks 3 years of independence, a retired Bishop tells us greed by some politicians is tearing the young nation apart. And we look ahead to the thrills of tonight's World Cup semi final match between Brazil and Germany

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  • Monday 7 July, 2014

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

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    20 mins

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    Thousands of opposition supporters rally in Kenya's capital to force the government to dialogue about pertinent issues. The fate of some 60 women and girls who escaped Boko Haram captivity in the Nigeria town of Damboa. And the struggles of claiming pensions in Uganda.

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  • Friday 4 July 14

    Fri, 4 Jul 14

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    20 mins

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    Nigeria's army arrests three women for allegedly recruiting female members into Boko Haram. Concerns that an exiled opposition leader has been extradited to Ethiopia to face the death penalty. The AU defends a move to give sitting heads of state immunity. And our weekley rendezvous with our Resident Presidents.

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  • Thursday 03 July 14

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

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    Ugandan authorities warn of a specific threat to Entebbe international airport, but how credible is it? Egypt: A year after the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi, what's changed? And culture versus the law: The challenge of stopping Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya and the United Kingdom.

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  • Wednesday 2nd July 2014

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

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    Can health ministers contain a worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa? A bid to raise $100m to make schools safe in north east Nigeria. And why Uganda says the CAR's Seleka rebels are enemies.

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  • Tuesday 1 July 2014

    Tue, 1 Jul 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

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    An explosion in a Nigerian market with at least fifteen killed. In South Africa - over 200,000 metal and engineering workers start a pay strike. And middle class Ghanaians march in protest to their president's office

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  • Monday 30 June

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

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    The trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius resumes. The Islamist group ISIS says its merging territory. How have Muslims in Africa received this? Also are Muslims being unfairly linked to militants and victimised in Cameroon?

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