In Southern Africa lives someone who has the closest match to the DNA of a man who walked the Earth 60 000 years ago - and Dr Spencer Wells is hoping to shake his hand one day.
4 October 2005 - Shaun Smillie
The recent elections in Ethiopia, though highly-disputed, resulted into major democratic gains in a country that is more familiar with dictatorship than democracy since 1930 when Emperor Haile Selassie assumed the throne.
22 September 2005 - Fred Oluoch
Nigeria has embarked on a process leading to the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the country.
22 September 2005 - Toye Olori
Save for the constitutional issues, the forthcoming referendum will be a mid-term verdict by various regions on the political and economic performance of president Mwai Kibaki's government.
21 September 2005 - Fred Oluoch
In December 2003, President Yoweri Museveni asked the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute abuses by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). But a new report released on September 20 by the Human Rights Watch group, the Uganda army has itself carried out serious crimes that demand prosecution.
21 September 2005 - Henry Neondo
Another generation of Angolan children faces a precarious future as failed harvests and the legacy of 27 years of civil war combine to undermine food security in the country, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Monday.
20 September 2005 - IRIN
HIV/AIDS has accounted for huge reversals in human development in Southern Africa, which could impact on the region meeting some of the UN's poverty-slashing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new report.
8 September 2005 - IRIN
Doing business in Zimbabwe has become even more difficult after South Africa's telecommunications parastatal, Telkom, pulled the plug on services to the neighbouring country for outstanding debts.
7 September 2005 - IRIN
Wildlife guards have entered the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and are threatening Bushmen at gunpoint in an attempt to force them to abandon their homes.
7 September 2005 - Survival International
"Education is the most effective way to empower the rural poor to get out of poverty and to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals are met in sub-Saharan Africa," according to FAO.
7 September 2005 - FAO
Humanitarian workers are concerned over the rising cases of banditry, a challenge they have to face every day on transit to deliver aid to the troubled areas.
1 September 2005 - Jeremy Lovell
A donor decision not to renew funding has led to the closure of an AIDS vaccine trial site in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the South African province hardest hit by the epidemic.
31 August 2005 - Plusnews
An increasing number of Zimbabweans are turning to traditional healers for inexpensive medical care as health costs continue their upward trajectory.
29 August 2005 - IRIN
Cote d Ivoire
Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has declined to react to the rebels' effective withdrawal from the peace process he says its is up to the South African mediators to decided what will happen next.
29 August 2005 - IRIN
Victims of slum demolitions continue to live in deplorable conditions
26 August 2005 - IRIN