Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91.
In less than a year, a camp in northern Uganda has taken in more refugees than any other in the world, and all of them from war-torn South Sudan.
South Africa's highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret.
A call for South Africans to boycott social media for a day to protest against high data costs has ironically seen #SocialMediaBlackout trend.
The government-backed Bana Mura militia in Congo has committed horrific crimes in ethnically-motivated attacks in the past few months, including cutting off toddlers' limbs and slicing open pregnant women, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.
More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says.
A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract "likes" on Facebook.
A man in Mozambique’s southern province of Inhambane had to pay the traditional bride price, locally known as “lobolo”, for a dead woman at the weekend, Mozambique’s state radio reports.
Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria's Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says.
Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country's security minister has said.
Nigeria has apologised to Saudi Arabia after 200 tonnes of dates the kingdom sent as a Ramadan gift were found on sale in local markets.
The African Union (AU) has intervened in the Eritrea-Djibouti territorial dispute saying it has deployed a mission to their border to “establish the facts” while calling for calm and restraint.
A court in Cairo has recommended the death penalty for 30 people convicted of involvement in the killing of Egypt's top public prosecutor.
Lesotho's new Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been sworn in, two days after his estranged wife was shot dead.
The Gambian government has shut down a former pro-government newspaper, the Daily Observer, for not paying taxes since 2007 during regime of exiled former President Yahya Jammeh.
The estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead two days before his inauguration.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was released by a militia in Libya last week after six years in jail.
The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to amend the starting date of its proposed 90-day travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries in a bid to keep its legal battle alive.
Two children have been rescued from the rubble of a collapsed seven-storey building in Kenya's capital Nairobi, nearly 24 hours after the incident.
Fifteen people are reported missing after a seven-storey building collapsed on Monday night in an eastern suburb of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded five of South Africa's largest banks and four insurers with a negative outlook after the country's credit rating was downgraded last week.
Eleven people were killed when militants attacked a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo and freed more than 900 inmates, officials say.
Guinean President Alpha Conde wrote to Saudi Arabia offering to mediate in the crisis between Riyadh, its allies and the tiny nation of Qatar.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son of the late deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, is said to have been freed under an amnesty, in a move which could fuel further instability.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has sacked the country's chief prosecutor, Johannes Tomana, after a tribunal found him guilty of misconduct and incompetence.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has declined the invitation to the Extra-Ordinary summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) trade bloc to be hosted by Ethiopia.
Up to 10,000 people have been evacuated from a scenic coastal town in South Africa that has been devastated by wildfires, officials have said.
Police in Mozambique have warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks, after the brutal killing of two men whose body parts were thought to have been used in witchcraft.
Thirty-one Chinese nationals, held for illegal mining in Zambia, have been deported.
Five people have been killed by a storm in Cape Town that South African media dubbed "the mother of all storms".
ECOWAS forces in Guinea-Bissau started withdrawing over the weekend.
About thirty Cameroonian soldiers engaged in the fight against insurgent group, Boko Haram, have been arrested and sent to the capital, Yaounde.
South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0.7% between January and March.
The European Union has agreed to give more than 50m euros to fund a new African joint military force in the Sahel region.
West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco's membership application despite the country being in North Africa.
Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been named the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Liberia’s capital Monrovia.
Londoners fought back with whatever came to hand, including hurling chairs and tables, when three men armed with a van and knives went on the attack in a bustling area of the British capital on Saturday night.
The ex-wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London to face torture charges.
South Africa's ruling party has called for an investigation into emails which appear to show allegedly corrupt links between President Jacob Zuma's family and wealthy businessmen.
At least 15 children have died in South Sudan from a botched attempt to immunise them against measles, officials say.
Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has begun a series of rallies across the country in a bid to win the support of young people ahead of elections next year.
More than 40 West African migrants died in the Sahara desert this week after their truck broke down in arid northern Niger, the Red Cross told Reuters on Wednesday.
Uganda's prestigious Makerere University has threatened disciplinary action against a female student for wearing a skirt which was "cut into many strips" and which exposed "part of her nakedness" at a student dinner, local media reports.
One of the visible ramifications of the chronic conflict in DR Congo is the numerous orphaned children.
The United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo has commemorated United Nations International Peacekeepers’ Day with a short but impressive wreath laying and flag hoisting parade.
Kenya has opened a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, 18 months early.
A surgeon, who is the only permanent doctor for 750,000 people, has been honoured for performing more than 1,000 operations a year in Sudan.
A fossil of one of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco.
Thirteen South Sudanese soldiers have gone on trial accused of raping foreign aid workers and murdering their local colleague.
A Kenyan presidential aspirant has been charged with attempted suicide, malicious damage and creating disturbance after he was disqualified as an independent candidate.
Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery.
Gambia’s first Community Wildlife Reserve in the village of Gunjur, 35 kilometers from Banjul is facing depletion as its stream has turned red and wildlife found dead.