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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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, has filled out the paperwork for his candidacy in the April election.
Suspected Islamist insurgents attacked the town of Mafa and killed 29 people after over-powering the soldiers deployed to protect residents.
Police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators demanding the arrest of four men they accused of desecrating the Qur’an.
Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in jail for the manslaughter and torture of Khaled Said in 2010.
The Anglican Church of Uganda say it may consider breaking away from their mother church in England.
Mozambique’s agriculture minister says that more than 300 000 people in the southern African state face famine this year.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated actress Lupita Nyong'o for her Oscar victory.
Zimbabwe’s president has thrown his weight behind Uganda's draconian anti-gay laws and hinted at a crackdown on gays in his own country.
Sudanese authorities have denied international peacekeepers access to a Darfur region where villages have been reported burned.
The author of Uganda’s anti-gay law says international aid cuts are a small price to pay to protect Kampala’s values.
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