Mali's ousted leader Amadou Toumani Toure, who has been missing since his overthrown, says he is safe in Bamako and not being held by the junta.
Mali's junta has revealed a new Constitution that rules its members out of upcoming elections, seeking to show it will not cling to power.
Malian coup leaders face increasing pressure as lawmakers and opposition figures call for them to go and Tuareg rebels close in on a key town.
Pope Benedict XVI gives mass at a stadium hosting tens of thousands in Benin, wrapping up a visit detailing his vision for his church's future.
Côte d'Ivoire strongman Laurent Gbagbo said he was open to talks with his rival Alassane Ouattara as violence escalated.
At the top of a tarred road in this tense Abidjan district, forces loyal to internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara man a roadblock.
Laurent Gbagbo wants to "sit down and talk" with his internationally backed rival for power in Côte d'Ivoire , reports say.
Laurent Gbagbo face growing isolation and pressure to quit power in Côte d'Ivoire with world powers freezing him out and his rivals seeking the army.
A second-round run-off looms in the Côte d'Ivoire presidential elections after incumbent Laurent Gbagbo took a narrow lead over his chief rival.