African desert yields up new ancestors

Discoveries reveal many more branches of the ancient human family tree, writes Anjana Ahuja

David Reading

The gold touch for a ‘starter-kit’ mine

Ebola, falling prices and timing challenged Aureus in Liberia

Nigeria: The big oil fix

Battling chronic corruption, fuel shortages and calls to divest assets, the new president must repair the state-owned oil company

Fuel shortages cripple Nigeria

Advisers to incoming president Buhari in talks on energy crisis

South African miners have cut 35,000 jobs

Restructuring has cost one in 14 workers their job since 2012

Ethiopia ruling party set for easy win

Elections set to confirm EPRDF’s grip on power

Chinese accused of Africa fish pillage

Greenpeace says four groups are serial offenders

Signs look dire for Zimbabwe economy

The southern African nation could slip back into recession

Egypt sentences Morsi to death

Charges relate to 2011 prison break

Burundi coup leaders surrender

Chiefs fail to win wholesale support from rest of military

Burundi power struggle imperils stability

Attempted coup underlines risk of leader’s third term

Rival factions fight to control Burundi

Forces loyal to president battle to put down coup

General claims Burundi leader overthrown

Government calls coup a ‘joke’ as president tries to fly home

Questions on Nigeria’s lost oil billions

Lines of investigation suggested by PwC audit need to be pursued

Jacob Zuma: Power failure

South Africa’s president is mired in scandals that have tarnished his and the ANC’s reputation

Police open fire at Burundi protesters

Outrage over president’s bid for third term risks destabilising volatile region as thousands flee

S Africa opposition elects first black leader

Mmusi Maimane wins Democratic Alliance vote

Liqueurs receive a Rwandan makeover

Funky Isamaza is a riposte to costly imports

Gates pledges $75m to probe child deaths

Microsoft founder calls Ebola ‘wake-up call’

Rwanda attracts Chinese manufacturers

Textile company investment underscores growing trend