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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.

    UN: Eastern DRC security situation ‘worrying’

    UN: Eastern DRC security situation ‘worrying’

    The United Nations calls for an emergency meeting after an escalation in fighting.

    • 21 min
    Eleven babies die in Senegal hospital fire

    Eleven babies die in Senegal hospital fire

    Eleven newborn babies have died in a hospital fire in the western city of Tivaouane

    • 20 min
    Gambia ready to prosecute ex-President Jammeh

    Gambia ready to prosecute ex-President Jammeh

    The Gambian government says it is ready to prosecute former President Yahya Jammeh for what it called "the myriad of crimes" he committed during his rule. It was responding to a report by the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, which investigated abuses that took place during his 22 years in power.

    Plus, the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says it will make all its patented drugs available on a not-for-profit basis to low income countries.

    And May 25 is Africa Day, set aside to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, which later became the African Union. But do Africans care?

    • 29 min
    Rwandan former combatants resettle in the country

    Rwandan former combatants resettle in the country

    More than 700 people made up of Rwandan former combatants and their families are resettling in the country. Most used to be FDLR ethnic Hutu fighters who have undergone rehabilitation and training.

    Also, chief virologist, Dr. John Nkengasong, takes on a new role as coordinator of PEPFAR - the US initiative on HIV and Aids - and says he'll still be serving Africa.

    Plus, floods uproot lives in Ghana's capital with homes swamped by heavy rains.

    • 35 min
    Ethiopia arrests thousands including ex-army commander

    Ethiopia arrests thousands including ex-army commander

    Authorities in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region say they have arrested more than 4,500 individuals including a former army commander.

    South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province has been pounded by heavy rains again and hundreds of residents have been evacuated amid fears of renewed flooding.

    And Ntsika Kota, a pharmacist from Eswatini who only took up writing as a hobby, makes history by becoming the first person from his country to win the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.

    • 31 min
    Cameroon marks 50th anniversary of ‘Unity Day’

    Cameroon marks 50th anniversary of ‘Unity Day’

    Activities have been taking place in Cameroon to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Day of Unity. But a raging conflict exists between the majority French government and armed English-speaking separatists.

    Plus, after the Central Bank of Zambia is targeted by hackers seeking a ransom, how resilient are Africa's banking infrastructures?

    And we have access to one of the hotels preparing to receive failed asylum seekers from the UK, under the controversial UK-Rwanda migrant scheme .

    • 26 min

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