Dozens of villagers have been shot dead and others have had their throats cut during an attack in northeast Nigeria, survivors said.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he will sign into law a bill that prescribes life imprisonment for people convicted of some homosexual acts.
Ninety two prisoners have escaped from a prison in a western town in Libya due to weak security, the latest sign of limited government control in the oil-rich North African country.
Niger's government has extradited Abdallah Mansour, a former top Libyan intelligence official under the Gaddafi regime, to Libya on suspicion of plotting against the government in Tripoli, military sources told the Reuters news agency.
UN monitors say they have found evidence that arms shipments to the Somali government have been diverted to clan militias and in one case were destined for an al-Shabab rebel commander.
More than 70 men and women have been executed in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) has said.
France has announced plans to increase its 1600-strong military deployment in the Central African Republic by sending an additional 400 soldiers, as political and sectarian unrest continues to tear apart the African country.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said the government is safe and security under control, describing rumours of a coup "ridiculous".
African Union (AU) peacekeepers have uncovered a mass grave at a military camp occupied by Seleka rebels in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR).
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|William A. Cook|