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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.

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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.

    Is ISIS tightening its grip on Mozambique?

    Is ISIS tightening its grip on Mozambique?

    Mozambique has been hit by several attacks over the last year or so by a group local people call Al Shabaab - not to be confused with the Somali based group. The more formal name for it is Islamic State in Central Africa Province or ISCAP - and it has claimed responsibility for another attack in northern Mozambique, this time on a military base. Jasmine Opperman from the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium gives us the details.

    The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation says "devastating" and "unprecedented" swarms of locusts threaten food security in east Africa. We speak to FAO's Bukar Tijani.

    An African student living in Wuhan, the Chinese city epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak, tells Focus on Africa how the local authorities are handling the situation.

    • 23 min
    Coronavirus: Should Africa be concerned?

    Coronavirus: Should Africa be concerned?

    The coronavirus in China has killed tens of people and spread to several provinces, as well as the US, Thailand and South Korea.

    Some African countries like Kenya are on high alert at their airports to prevent a spread of the deadly disease in the continent.

    Plus The Gambian who took Aung San Suu Kyi to the world court over the Rohingya Crisis.

    And one on one with President Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast.

    • 22 min
    Burkina Faso declares two days of mourning

    Burkina Faso declares two days of mourning

    Burkina Faso has declared two days of mourning, following the death of 36 civilians killed by militants on Monday.

    Some Nigerian slangs and Pidgin words have been listed into The Oxford English Dictionary latest update.

    And we find out how Uganda's President Museveni lost 30kg body weight.

    • 31 min
    Relief in Tanzania over government phone block

    Relief in Tanzania over government phone block

    Some mobile phone users in Tanzania have managed to avoid having their phones blocked, following government's plan to disconnect unregistered Sim cards after yesterday's deadline.

    In Ethiopia at least ten people have died and dozens injured following the collapse of a wooden stand during the Orthodox Christian celebration of the Timket festival in Gondar.

    • 19 min
    Is Britain wooing Africa post Brexit?

    Is Britain wooing Africa post Brexit?

    A group of African heads of state are meeting in a summit ahead of the UK's departure from the European Union, aimed at boosting private investment in Africa – using the aid budget to encourage investment from the City of London.

    The government says six and half billion pounds of commercial deals have already been signed by British companies – focussed on green technology, energy and increasing access to the internet – with more expected to follow.

    Plus leaked documents reveal how Isabel dos Santos - Africa's richest woman and daughter of Angola's former president José Eduardo dos Santos made her fortune by 'exploiting' her country.

    • 28 min
    How climate change may be fuelling fires in Africa

    How climate change may be fuelling fires in Africa

    Scientists say climate change is responsible for the soaring temperatures and wildfire in Australia and such fires could become more regular and more widespread globally, with Africa in the firing line.

    Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's has announced to his party that he will step down, according to reports.

    And what does it feel like to live with Congenital Hydrocephalus?

    • 26 min

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