Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party and the opposition have reached a deadlock over appointing a new prime minister who is expected to form a government of independent ministers to end the country's political crisis.
Niger has detained about 100 migrants crossing the Sahara desert to Algeria in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people, mostly women and children, died of thirst while trying to make the same journey.
The Central African Republic (CAR) is at risk of spiraling into genocide as armed groups incite Christians and Muslims against each other in the virtually lawless country, senior UN officials have told the Security Council.
Horn of Africa pirates have raked in up to $413m in ransoms since 2005, with most of it used to finance "global scale" criminal operations, a new study shows.
Niger has ordered the "immediate" closure of migrant camps in the north of the country after 92 people, mostly women and children, died of thirst trying to cross the harsh Sahara desert.
Two French journalists have been killed in the northern Mali town of Kidal after being abducted by gunmen.
A South African man has been sentenced to two life terms in prison for his role in the gang-rape and murder of a teenage girl that shocked the country.
An opposition party has accused the Ethiopian government of beating, abducting and illegally detaining more than 150 of its members during July and September this year.
The Kenyan military has said its warplanes bombed targets held by al-Qaeda-linked armed group al-Shabab in Somalia, in retaliation for an attack on a Nairobi mall that killed at least 67 people.
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