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.
Killing mosquitoes means killing malaria parasites and preventing malaria infections - at least that's been the calculus for years. But in many African countries insecticides aren't harming mosquitoes anymore.
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.
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