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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.

    Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed addresses parliament

    Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed addresses parliament

    In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been addressing Parliament after a week of protest and tension following the killing of the Oromo singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa.

    The Trump Administration has announced that foreign students who are now taught online only may have to leave their courses and return home from the United States. A Nigerian student tells how he might be impacted.

    Today we say goodbye to Jenny Horrocks, queen of Fast track and a dear colleague known to BBC Africa listeners for many years.

    • 25 min
    Government and separatists talk in Cameroon for the first time

    Government and separatists talk in Cameroon for the first time

    A government representative in Cameroon has met several anglophone separatist leaders, a tentative first step in trying to find a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has devastated the country's English-speaking regions over the last four years.

    Malawi's newly-elected President Lazarus Chakwera has been inaugurated as the country's sixth leader at a ceremony attended by only 100 guests in the capital, Lilongwe, due to the coronavirus.

    We speak to two friends who have launched a money transfer start-up and managed to raise over $22 million.

    • 26 min
    Sudan: Darfur protesters hold sit-ins

    Sudan: Darfur protesters hold sit-ins

    People have been protesting against the lack of security in Central Darfur, Sudan.

    Algeria has today received the skulls of former fighters against French colonization in the 19th century.

    BBC Africa is launching a brand new podcast called The Comb. Every week, the team will be looking in-depth at a single African story.

    • 23 min
    Hachalu Hundessa: Ethiopia singer buried amid ethnic unrest

    Hachalu Hundessa: Ethiopia singer buried amid ethnic unrest

    The funeral has been held for Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa as unrest over his death has spread from the Oromia region where he was seen as a hero.

    Mystery surrounds the "completely unprecedented" deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months.

    Some brands selling skin lightening creams have chosen to change the names of their products after coming under scrutiny.

    • 27 min
    Fifty killed in protests over Ethiopian singer’s shooting

    Fifty killed in protests over Ethiopian singer’s shooting

    At least 50 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region during violent protests over the killing of a popular musician and activist.

    In Nigeria restrictions on inter-state travel have officially been lifted.

    And we hear from a Nigerian hairdresser and musician in Italy, singing out life's frustrations.

    • 26 min
    New Malawi president sworn in after historic win

    New Malawi president sworn in after historic win

    Malawi's main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn as president after he won the country's rerun vote.

    In Guinea, parliamentary talks were to begin today aimed at resolving months of turmoil in the country.

    Tanzania has reopened schools after three months of closure due to coronavirus.

    • 27 min

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