The threat of Boko Haram and the South Sudan peace process dominated the agenda of the AU summit this year. With more of conflicts plaguing Africa, the AU's ability to act is being put to the test yet again.
The African Union's rotating post of chairman has gone to Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe's veteran president enjoys respect across the continent but faces travel bans from both the US and EU for harassing opponents.
South African apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock has been granted parole after 20 years in prison. De Kock had been dubbed "Prime Evil" for his activities targeting black South African activists.
Schools in Liberia had been due to reopen on Monday (02.02.2015) after being closed for some six months due to the Ebola epidemic. The education ministry says preparations are not yet complete.
Nigeria is both the biggest oil producer and home to the largest economy on the African continent. However, terrorist attacks by Boko Haram have slowed progress on renewable energy in the north of the country.
Deutsche Welle reporters on a special assignment have interviewed victims and ex-members of terror groups, former profiteers - and people who are trying to stop the violence.
Equatorial Guinea is the host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, replacing Morocco who pulled out due to Ebola fears. With former winner Nigeria out of the running, Algeria and Ghana are among the favorites.
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Boko Haram violence in northeastern Nigeria has unprecedented levels in recent weeks. The fighting has displaced tens of thousands.
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