Nairobi police say four people have died in a car bombing outside a police station in the center of the city. Two police officers were reported to be among the dead.
Malawians were able to size up hopefuls competing in the May 20 elections in a first ever televised presidential debate. But four candidates, including President Joyce Banda and her chief rival, failed to turn up.
The MUJAO Islamist group in Mali has said that it has killed a French hostage captured in November 2012, "because France is our enemy." The French government said it could not confirm the claim, but would investigate.
As fighting continues in three states in South Sudan, rebels are rejecting allegations by the United Nations that they killed hundreds of civilians after seizing an oil town last week.
In Nigeria violence has reached a new dimension with four attacks in three days. Instead of uniting against the terror, government and opposition politicians are trading accusations as the country drifts into chaos.
South Africa's liberal same-sex laws do not always deliver what they promise
The long established 'Dakar-Niger' railway line was once the main transport link between the West African countries of Senegal and Mali. But for decades, the route has been neglected.
Malawi's President Banda and her main challenger boycott a pre-election TV debate +++ Anglican pastor calls for end to discrimination of HIV-positive people in Zimbabwe +++ South Africa's 'born free' generation
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