After facing years of poverty and conflict, Mozambicans are voting with hopes of their country tapping into its huge energy resources.
Clashes between rival party supporters and police have spurred tension ahead of local elections that will test opposition to the Frelimo government.
A continental defence force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper.
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his MPLA party headed on Saturday for an overwhelming win in a poll criticised as not credible.
The IMF says it is ready to discuss working with Malawi to try to get its stalled IMF aid programme back on track.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's emotional homecoming from a convalescence in Cuba after cancer surgery is the latest theatrical twist of a showman.
Haiti's ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier says "solidarity" led him to return to his homeland where his name is still reviled by many.
Tiger Woods said on Friday he would take an indefinite break from professional golf, admitting he cheated on his wife.
Mexico's flu outbreak appeared to be easing with a fall in serious cases, but world health officials warned the virus could still become a pandemic.
The next time you grab a handful of cashew nuts, think that you may be holding the economic heartbeat of one tiny West African state in your hand.