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Ethiopia: Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu arrested

Kumerra Gemechu's phone and computer have also been seized by police, his family says. (BBC News)

Tigray crisis: Eritrea's role in Ethiopian conflict

Ethiopia's leader says Eritrea armed his troops when they first came under attack in Tigray region. (BBC News)

Covid: South Africa passes one million infections as cases surge

The rise in cases comes after a new variant of coronavirus is identified in the country. (BBC News)

Why are insurgents beheading people in Mozambique?

Violence in Cabo Delgado province has continued to escalate throughout 2020. (BBC News)

Central African Republic election held amid violence

The polls are held in a country where rebels controls key towns and UN troops face deadly attacks. (BBC News)

Uganda Lake Albert boat accident leaves many dead

Strong winds caused the boat to sink on the lake, which has a history of incidents, officials said. (BBC News)

South African cricketers raise fists before Test

South Africa express their "ongoing commitment" to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement as players raise their fists before the first Test against Sri Lanka. (BBC News)

Boko Haram kill villagers in Christmas Eve attack

The Islamist group also burnt down the church in the Christian village in northeast Nigeria. (BBC News)

Ethiopia military 'kills 40' after Benishangul-Gumuz massacre

Children were among more than 100 people killed when a village was attacked in western Ethiopia. (BBC News)

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia leaving at least 20 dead

A search continues for survivors after the boat heading to Italy capsized near the city of Sfax. (BBC News)

How Ugandan Nasa scientist Catherine Nakalembe uses satellites to boost farming

Catherine Nakalembe won this year's Africa Food Prize for pioneering work using satellite images. (BBC News)

Letter from Africa: Somalia's Christmas birthdays and lost memories

A former refugee considers the importance of memory for those who lose everything in the chaos of war. (BBC News)

Ikram Abdi Omar: the hijabi model breaking boundaries

Ikram Abdi Omar was the UK's first hijab-wearing model to feature on the cover of Vogue. (BBC News)

1,000 lost on one boat - this woman hopes to name them

An Italian pathologist is trying to identify the migrants on a boat that sank in the Mediterranean in 2015. (BBC News)

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: 'How we survived when Mekelle was shelled'

Ethiopia's prime minister says no civilians were killed in the Tigray conflict. Three witnesses say otherwise. (BBC News)

Uganda election: False claims about Joe Biden and others

Claims about the US president-elect are among misinformation being widely shared during an election. (BBC News)

Nigeria school attack: Was it really Boko Haram?

Militant activity is spreading across northern Nigeria with other groups expressing allegiance to Boko Haram. (BBC News)

Sierra Leone: Sam Jalloh's got away from the civil war through tennis.

Sam Jalloh saw his best friend killed in front of him. He vowed to get away - and tennis was his way out. (BBC News)

Covid: The countries worried they won't get the vaccine

Countries such as Zimbabwe, Mexico and Pakistan are likely to have to wait for the coronavirus vaccine. (BBC News)

Victor Olaiya: Nigeria's 'evil genius' trumpeter who influenced Fela Kuti

Nigerian Victor Olaiya, who died last month, was a musical pioneer and mentor to the Afrobeat legend. (BBC News)

Coronavirus in Kenya: 'I buried my cousin on Facebook Live'

The BBC's Mercy Juma had to watch her cousin's burial online - until her internet connection failed. (BBC News)

The tale of Algeria's stolen cannon and France's cockerel

Hopes grow that a gigantic weapon stolen after the invasion of Algiers in 1830 may soon be returned. (BBC News)

Life after al-Shabab: Driving a school bus instead of an armed pickup truck

The Somali government retrains defectors from the al-Shabab militant group as barbers, drivers, mechanics and tailors. (BBC News)

Caged Congolese teen: Why a zoo took 114 years to apologise

Ota Benga was kidnapped from what is now DR Congo in 1904 and taken to the US to be exhibited. (BBC News)

Northern white rhinos: The audacious plan that could save a species

With only two northern white rhinos left in the world - both female - extinction seems a certainty. (BBC News)

The Cameroonian waging war against a French war hero’s statue

Essama Andre has repeatedly attacked the statue of French war hero Gen Philippe Leclerc in Doula. (BBC News)

Coronavirus and South Africa's toxic relationship with alcohol

A ban on drinking highlights a legacy of the country's racist past but threatens its economic future. (BBC News)

Tigray crisis: How Ethiopian doctors fled militia attacks

Ethiopian doctors tell the BBC about their efforts to treat wounded civilians during fighting last month. (BBC News)

Ethiopia's Tigray Crisis: Why Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed sent his troops to battle

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed has found himself in a conflict less than a year after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. (BBC News)

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Cutting through the information blackout

"It is really scary. It is really difficult," a resident of the Tigray capital, Mekelle, shouts down the line. (BBC News)

War of words as Nigerian English recognised by Oxford English Dictionary

Not everyone is happy that the Oxford English Dictionary now includes several unique Nigerian words. (BBC News)