Islamic militants released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis on Sunday, less than a week after grisly footage emerged of the execution of James Foley.
African leaders at a business forum say they are optimistic about becoming full partners in a relationship with the US worth an estimated $85-billion.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will press Egypt President President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
A veteran economist at the IMF has accused the global lender of suppressing information on difficulties in dealing with the global financial meltdown.
African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka has pledged to provide Malawi with $45-million in order to resuscitate the ailing economy.
The world's major emerging economies on Saturday rejected the tradition that an American is automatically selected to head the World Bank.
European policymakers are quickening their preparations to cope with an escalation of the region's debt crisis.
A meeting of emerging economies will consider a Brazilian proposal to buy European bonds to help crisis-hit eurozone countries, Pravin Gordhan says.
Greece has adopted more austerity measures to secure a bailout instalment, and the IMF warned Europe's debt crisis is putting banks' capital at risk.
The famine in the Horn of Africa is a result of the international community's failure to end Somalia's civil war.