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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's office has dismissed as "most reckless" and "unjustifiable" a "provocative"" letter he received from former Nigeria leader Olusegun Obasanjo, in which Mr. Obasanjo accused the President of lying, condoning corruption, and leading Nigeria to the brink of collapse.
Even if the violence diminishes and some semblance of order is restored, the Central African Republic will finish 2013 coping with the worst crisis in its 53 year history. Over the past fortnight, reports from both the capital Bangui and the interior have highlighted a level of breakdown and internal strife that presents huge challenges to a French-led peacekeeping mission. HAS FRANCE GOT THE ANSWERS?
South Africans of all races and religions united in an outpouring of prayer and song for their beloved Nelson Mandela on Sunday, hearing calls to keep his dream of a Rainbow Nation alive.
Around 80 bodies were found lying in a mosque and its surrounding streets in Bangui on Thursday after overnight violence, as the United Nations authorised French-backed military intervention in the imploding Central African Republic.
Up to 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt's Sinai to suffer torture and ransom demands, new research presented to the European parliament says.
Central African Republic transitional leader Michel Djotodia on Saturday denied European assertions that his country was on the brink of genocide and all-out inter-religious war.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila said Sunday the fight against insurgents in the country's conflict-torn east was not over despite the recent defeat of the M23 rebels.
Gambia’s Information Minister, the prolific writer and journalist Nana Grey Johnson, has been relieved of his cabinet post. It is the latest in a series of ministerial sackings, with President Yahya Jammeh still evidently unhappy with his team.
Despite ground-breaking legislation, strong campaigns conducted by both international and local NGOs and the personal engagement of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the incidence of rape in Liberia shows no sign of abating.
France said on Thursday that Central African Republic was "on the verge of genocide" and it expected the United Nations to give Paris and the African Union permission to intervene.