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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  • Wednesday, 01 Oct 14

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Available:
    30 days remaining

    First Ebola case diagnosed in the US. DR Congo ex-fighters 'starve in camp'. And South Sudanese singer Emmanuel Jal on a new film called The Good Lie.

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  • Tuesday, 30 Sep 14

    Tue, 30 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    29 days remaining

    Kenya's government says the nation has joined the club of middle-income countries, and is now the fourth richest in sub-Saharan Africa. With South Sudan peace talks still going on in Ethiopia, South Sudan's minister for information says his government wants the negotiations moved to Kenya instead. And the world wildlife populations halved in 40 years.

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  • Monday, 29 Sep 14

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

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    28 days remaining

    A new survey says residents of Mogadishu are feeling safer and more optimistic than a year ago. So are things now looking rosy? The IOM says more than 3,000 migrants have died trying to enter Europe across the Mediterranean since January, but also over a thousand within Africa. The annual Mo Ibrahim index shows a dip in governance standards for some of Africa's big nations. And we meet Congolese Soukous king, Kanda Bongo man.

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  • Friday, 26 Sep 14

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    Why Kenyan authorities have closed a madrassa - or religious school. Warnings that the lives of millions of children under five are threatened by Ebola. Plus our Resident Presidents in shock over the beheading of a French tourist in Algeria.

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  • Thursday, 25 Sep 14

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

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    24 days remaining

    The Ebola quarantine in Sierra Leone widens. Meanwhile, the Liberian government, hit by an economic downturn because of Ebola, assures there are enough supplies of the staple food, rice. And we find out what inspires the lyrics of South African rapper Tumi Molekane.

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  • Wednesday, 24 Sep 14

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

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    23 days remaining

    UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon urges the world not to isolate nations affected by Ebola. In Mozambique, conservationists warn that the country's elephants are under serious threat from organised poaching syndicates. Plus Ethiopian music legend Hailu Mergia.

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  • Tuesday, 23 Sep 14

    Tue, 23 Sep 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

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    22 days remaining

    World leaders gather in New York to discuss how to counter climate change. Liberia enters a $150m deal with Norway to stop deforestation. And a Frenchman is kidnapped in Algeria over his country's backing of coalition air strikes on Syria.

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  • Monday, 22 Sep 14

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

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    A year on from the Westgate attack in Nairobi; we hear from the interior minister as Kenyans continue to wait for answers. In Guinea, the sole survivor of the deadly attack on ebola-awareness workers speaks of the ordeal. And Sierra Leone's government says the three-day lockdown to stem Ebola has been a success.

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  • Friday, 19 Sep 14

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

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    18 days remaining

    A three-day lockdown to fight ebola in Sierra Leone, as authorities in Guinea launch an investigation into the killing of nine members of an Ebola awareness team. Claims of Muslims being unfairly targeted on the Kenyan coast as one mother mourns her son. And as Scotland rejects independence, our Resident Presidents muse on what it means to be British.

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  • Thursday 18th Sep 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

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    17 days remaining

    The Nigerian army is accused of killing 33 peaceful demonstrators in Kaduna state. Liberia welcomes US plans to send three thousand troops to fight ebola - but wants more help. As the first anniversary of the Westgate attack in Kenya nears, we hear from survivors. And we provide the hottest music from Africa Beats - this time from the Western Sahara desert.

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  • Wednesday, 17 Sep 14

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

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    16 days remaining

    Reaction to US troops going to Liberia to fight Ebola; interview with Somali PM; and the B-boys and B-girls from Morocco and Tunisia.

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  • Tue, 16th Sept 14

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    The fight against Ebola gathers momentum against warnings the virus threatens a humanitarian catastrophe. We'll also hear from Sierra Leone's President Koroma. A mum at 59? We hear from Africa's oldest new mother.

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  • Monday, 15 Sep 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

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    14 days remaining

    Former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan explains what he believes can be done about the Ebola crisis. More death on the high seas for illegal migrants off the coast of Malta. Peace keepers or enforcers? The United Nations now takes control of peacekeeping in the Central African Republic. And we look at the perils of being a graffiti artist in Kenya.

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  • Friday, 12 Sep 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

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    11 days remaining

    The verdict in the Oscar Pistorious trial is in. His family reacts. So, has justice been served? We'll have reaction from South Africa and the rest of the continent. We'll also explore some of the issues raised during the trial and look at possible sentences.

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  • Thursday, 11 Sept 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

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    10 days remaining

    The Oscar Pistorious case adjourned on a cliff-hanger, but will the blade-runner walk away from the lesser charge of manslaughter? And Ghanaian rapper, Manifest, tells us the meaning behind one of his hits Debi Debi.

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  • Wednesday 10 Sep 14

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    Ebola threatens "the existence" of Liberia, Goodluck's controversial hashtag, profile of Pistorius judge, plus the return of our music series Africa Beats.

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  • Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    As Nigeria continues its battle against Boko Haram over territory, eyewitnesses tell of people fleeing in the north east of the country. Experts warn of famine in South Sudan as eight months of fighting takes its toll. Plus: why are Ghanaian politicians in tears?

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  • Monday 8 Sep 14

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Nigeria's battle against Boko Haram and for seized towns. We hear from a prominent governor preaching hope. The African Union meets in Ethiopia for Ebola crisis talks. And we're in conversation with an award wining Nigerian reggae singer.

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  • Friday 3 Sep 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    The crisis in Lesotho seems far from over and Prime Minister Tom Thabane has urged SADC to take immediate action. A handshake that has been two years in the making as a peace deal is signed in Mozambique. Judges at the ICC have indefinitely postponed the trial of the Kenyan President

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  • Thursday, 04 Sept 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    South Africa's National Prosecutor releases potentially explosive information about corruption charges against Jacob Zuma. So what does this mean for the president? The fallout from the battle for Bama between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army. And a melodic melange from a Sudanese American musician.

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  • Wednesday, 03 Sept 14

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    As fears grow that Boko Haram will try and take over the capital of a northern Nigerian state, foreign ministers in the region meet to strategise. Sudan accused of torturing protestors. Medical maggots used to heal wounds in Kenya. And Nigerian comedian, Ali Baba, on what puts him at the top of his game.

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  • Tuesday 02 Sept 14

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    The United States military launches a deadly attack in Somalia, but the fate of the Al Shabab leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane remains unclear. Scores are killed and thousands displaced as Boko Haram militants overrun a town in northeast Nigeria. And in our monthly picks from DJ Rita, music from Burkina Faso and Kenya.

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