Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria.
Top UN officials said a peacekeeping mission is essential for stabilizing Central African Republic and aiding civilians.
The murder trial of ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi was suspended after his lawyers requested new judges.
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Burundi's national army said it would not intervene in the worst political crisis to grip the east African country since a 12-year civil war ended.
A British detective testified in Kenya at the trial of suspected British militant Jermaine Grant, accused of ties to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked al Shabaab.
Uganda's military says a commander believed to be the deputy to Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony may have been killed in Central African Republic.
President Yoweri Museveni is to sign into law a controversial bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has pardoned 2000 prisoners, mostly women and juveniles, a move that should ease congestion in the country's jails.
The interim leader of the Central African Republic has met with mainly Christian “anti-balaka” militias - and some of them are “ready to co-operate”.
Deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is facing charges of espionage and carrying out “terror attacks” in Egypt.
A senior official of MDC who has urged its leader Morgan Tsvangirai to step down, says he was beaten up by party youths.
The military force that the EU plans to send to CAR will focus on security issues in strife-torn Bangui.
More than 70 men and women have been summarily executed in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO said.
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