Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden was formerly Africa Correspondent for The Independent.

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Reeva Steenkamp in a publicity shot for Tropika Island of Treasure

Oscar Pistorius: Claims of profiteering as reality TV show featuring Reeva Steenkamp airs

Women's rights groups in South Africa have called for proceeds from a reality television show featuring Reeva Steenkamp, whom Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is accused of murdering, to be donated to charity. The first episode of Tropika Island of Treasure was broadcast last night on South African state television, SABC, despite the death of the 29-year-old model and contestant in a shooting at the athlete's house on Thursday.

Meet the candidates: (from left) Mohamed Dida, Prof Ole Kiyapi, Uhuru Kenyatta, Peter Kenneth, Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, Raila Odinga and Paul Muite

Kenya gripped as democracy takes to stage in presidential election debate

Country's two key candidates put on spot about violence that engulfed elections four years ago

A soldier by the remains of a suicide bomb site in Gao yesterday

Islamists used hostage payoffs from Nicolas Sarkozy's government to fund Mali raids

Ex-US ambassador claims former president paid out €89m to Saharan criminal gangs

19 charged in Pretoria with plotting Congo coup

Nineteen men have appeared in court in South Africa charged with plotting to overthrow the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cigarettes were smuggled in to Mali and then hidden

The rebirth of Timbuktu: City comes back to life after Islamists flee

Daniel Howden witnesses the return of tailors, jewellers – and even alcohol

Salaka Djikke: 'I couldn't understand what they were shouting and why they were whipping me'

Locked up and whipped by Malian Islamists - for riding on back of her boyfriend's motorbike

The Malian rebels' reign over Timbuktu was short but terrifying. Daniel Howden talks to victims of their fundamentalism

French soldiers flying back from Timbuktu, arrive at the French army base in Sevare, Mali, last night

Recaptured by moonlight, the fabled desert city where Islamists burned books in a bitter farewell

The recapture of Timbuktu was done by moonlight. More than 250 French troops parachuted down to the northern entrance of the fabled desert city, while an armoured column sealed the southern exit.

Twitter suspends account of Islamic militants al-Shabaab

After losing Somalia's cities to African Union forces and scores of fighters to defections, Islamic militants al-Shabaab lost their online platform today as Twitter suspended their account.

Algerian firemen carry a coffin containing one of the victims of the gas facility siege at the morgue in In Amenas yesterday

Terror in North Africa: are Westerners pulling the strings?

English-speaking jihadis seen in Mali, as a Canadian is reported to have co-ordinated Algeria attack

Four days that shook the Sahara: The bloody battle for In Amenas

It started with a predawn attack on  a bus full of oil workers - and ended  with a new frontline in the fight against al-Qa'ida. Daniel Howden reports

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