Africa Today

African news and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa and Network Africa programmes; the Africa Today podcast contains the day's top stories from the continent.

New research suggests drug could reduce maternal deaths by a third (4/2017)

Tranexamic acid is a cheap and widely available drug

Zambia: Court rejects attempts to drop treason charge against Hichilema (4/2017)

Court refuses after he was arrested for allegedly blocking president's car.

Nigeria: Leader of Biafra Separatist group granted bail (4/2017)

Nnamdi Kanu was granted conditional bail on health grounds

Malaria vaccine trials to begin in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi (4/2017)

It's the world's first vaccine against malaria

A Dutch timber trader is convicted of complicity in Liberian war crimes (4/2017)

A Dutch timber trader, Guus Kouwenhoven has been convicted for complicity in war crimes and for illegally selling weapons to Liberia's then-President Charles Taylor.

Zimbabwe opposition leaders in anti-Mugabe alliance (4/2017)

Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice-President Joice Mujuru unite for next year's election.

Nigeria suspends spy chief in connection with $43m find (4/2017)

The cash was found in a Lagos flat

Gambia special (4/2017)

An assessment of Gambian affairs as President Adama Barrow nears his first 100 days in office, following the end of Yahya Jammeh's 22 year rule in January.

Uganda faces massive influx of Turkana pastoralists from Kenya in search of pasture. (4/2017)

Uganda faces massive influx of Turkana pastoralists from Kenya in search of pasture. Evidence of mass graves in DRC. Also an assessment of the Ghanaian President's first hundred days in power

3rd anniversary of Chibok abductions (4/2017)

Calls for help for the Chibok schoolgirls who escaped Boko Haram only to face stigma back home. As Zimbabwe restricts how much cash can be withdrawn from banks, how are people coping?