A team of Al Jazeera journalists has been detained for three days in eastern Niger, where they are being held inside a prison cell.
In August 2012, a handful of heroes conspired to save Timbuktu's prized manuscripts. The ingenious plan involved empty rice sacks, a boat and Bamako.
Rebel groups have recruited young boys to fight the messy war in northern Mali, a conflict that now includes 2 500 well-armed French soldiers.
Senegal's presidential candidates have held their final rallies as protesters marched in the streets. Tensions are high ahead of Sunday's poll.
Protesters have seized control of a three-block stretch in Senegal's capital Dakar as they demand the departure of aging President Abdoulaye Wade.
Senegalese police have killed at least one person during a protest against a court ruling allowing the nation's leader to run for another term.
Foreign military intervention has caused too much suffering in Africa, says the AU's chair, in a message seen as a jab at Nato's airstrikes in Libya.
UN investigators in Côte d'Ivoire have determined there were at least 68 bodies in a mass grave discovered on a soccer field in Abidjan.
The government of Alassane Ouattara said on Monday rebels allied with their leader had seized a nearly 50km corridor along Côte d'Ivoire's border.
The United Nations said armed men blocked about 60 families without food or water from leaving a church in Abidjan on Tuesday.