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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Uganda has slammed the US for trying to pressure President Yoweri Museveni not to sign an anti-homosexuality law.
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh called homosexuals “vermin” and said his government would tackle them in the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.
A heavily-armed militia group threatened to remove the transitional parliament from power, hours after issuing a deadline for the assembly to dissolve itself.
Rebels in Sudan’s Kordofan region are not interested in peace, says Khartoum’s defence minister.
The UN's human rights office condemned the killing of scores of villagers by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria.
Any move by Burkina Faso's veteran President Blaise Compaore to run for office a fifth time could spark violence, experts say.
A German court sentenced to 14 years in jail Onesphore Rwabukombe for ordering a massacre of hundreds of people during the ‘94 genocide.
Senegal's Youssou N'dour and Central African singer Idylle Mamba have teamed up to bridge the gap between Muslims and Christians in CAR.
Former US Representative Mel Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.
Bangui’s Catherine Samba-Panza has urged French troops to stay and keep order until the elections - in 2015.
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