Mauritania Islamist Hunger Strikers 'risking Death

Libyan warplane crashes after attacking IS jihadists

Derna, 1,100 kilometres east of Tripoli, is controlled by the Mujahedeen Shura Council of Derna, a motley mix of Islamist militias that includes Ansar al-Sharia which is close to Al-Qaeda.  By Alessio Romenzi (AFP/File) Monday, February 8, 2016

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - A warplane operated by forces loyal to Libya's recognised government crashed Monday near the eastern city of Derna after attacking Islamic State group positions, a military of ...

Sudan army urges civilians to return to clashes-hit Darfur area

Monday, February 8, 2016

Khartoum (AFP) - Sudan's military on Monday called on civilians displaced by two weeks of fighting in Darfur's Jebel Marra to return to their homes, claiming to have captured most of the area. The ...

UN names coordinator to tackle peacekeeping sex abuse scandal

Jane Holl Lute was named special coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual abuse, a position created after a report by an independent panel found the world body had grossly mishandled the cases.  By Paul J. Richards (AFP/File) Monday, February 8, 2016

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed American Jane Holl Lute to tackle mounting allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers. Lute was named ...

DR Congo clashes kill at least 15: authorities

Congolese troops speak with people on January 7, 2016 in Miriki, north of Goma, after 15 people died when Hutu rebels attacked civilians.  By Kudra Maliro (AFP/File) Monday, February 8, 2016

Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - At least 15 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent we ...

The BBC Presents A New Digital Pilot From Kenyan Designers

Monday, February 8, 2016

[B]Tailored BBC news content for the smartphone and social media generation is now available with the new African-designed pilot: [I]BBC Drop[/I], which can be tried from today -

EU, N Africa both stand to gain from stable Libya: Schulz

European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L), during a visit to the National Bardo Museum on February 8, 2016 in Tunis, praised the Monday, February 8, 2016

Tunis (AFP) - European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in Tunis on Monday that both the EU and North Africa stand to gain from a stable Libya. "A stable Libya is in the interests of the who ...

Habre had 'power of life, death' over Chadians, lawyer tells trial

Chad's ex-dictator Hissene Habre had the Monday, February 8, 2016

Dakar (AFP) - Chad's ex-dictator Hissene Habre had the "power of life and death" over his people, a lawyer for victims of atrocities carried out during his 1980s reign said Monday at his war crimes tr ...

Anger as Italy presses Egypt over student's slaying

Activists and Italian nationals living in Egypt take part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni on February 6, 2016, outside of the Italian embassy in Cairo.  By Mohamed El-Shahed (AFP/File) Monday, February 8, 2016

Rome (AFP) - Italy demanded Monday that Egypt help ensure the killers of an Italian student are brought to justice, as Cairo rejected charges that the security forces were involved. Rome said it wo ...

France to probe new child rape allegations in C. Africa

UN peacekeeping forces patrol in Bangui on December 30, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File) Monday, February 8, 2016

Paris (AFP) - French investigators will probe new allegations by young children of sexual abuse by French soldiers in the Central African Republic, a judicial source said Monday. The allegations we ...

South Africa's Zuma to pay back money for home upgrade

South African President Jacob Zuma.  By John Macdougall (AFP/File) Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Johannesburg (AFP) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will pay back some of t ...

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Three killed in Somalia car bomb targeting airport official: police

Somalia federal government soldiers conduct random check of public transport vehicles during a patrol on the streets of Mogadishu on February 18, 2015.  By Mohamed Abdiwahab (AFP/File) Friday, February 5, 2016

Mogadishu (AFP) - Three people were killed Friday in a car bomb targeting an air ...

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Boko Haram suspected of killing four in Nigeria village raid

Soldiers look at a burnt house on February 4, 2016, during a visit to the village of Dalori, Nigeria, only days before the next raid by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the village of Mairi.  By Stringer (AFP/File) Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed four peop ...

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South Africa bat against England in second ODI

South African batsman Quinton De Kock plays a shot during the first ODI against England at Magaung Oval on February 3, 2016 in Bloemfontein.  By Gianluigi Guercia (AFP/File) Saturday, February 6, 2016

Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa won the toss and decided to b ...

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Congolese warlord Katanga on trial again after completing ICC sentence

Germain Katanga sits in the military court in Kinshasa, on February 3, 2016.  By Papy Mulongo (AFP) Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kinshasa (AFP) - Notorious Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was back in the doc ...

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South Africa's Norris sweeps Myanmar Open despite last day scare

Shaun Norris with the winner's trophy at Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club in Yangon.  By Arep Kulal (Asian Tour/AFP) Sunday, February 7, 2016

Yangon (AFP) - South Africa's Shaun Norris survived early jitters on the final d ...

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