South Africa's re-election to the AU's Peace and Security Council suggests that the country is bidding to become a de facto permanent member.
The impartiality of the International Criminal Court is being questioned as former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo goes on trial.
Botswana has maintained its top rating as the least corrupt African country, while Somalia was deemed the most corrupt
Zimbaweans living in SA have a week to collect special permits allowing them to remain in the country until the end of 2017.
Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in Mogadishu, with at least 17 killed in the attack.
Fearing genocide, two former presidents pleaded for the UN Security Council to back the deployment of international troops.
At least five people were killed in suicide attacks at a restaurant located at the Liddo Beach in Mogadishu, police confirmed.
South Africa seems likely to become involved in the protracted negotiations to resolve the crisis in Burundi.