Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's appointment as the new chairperson of the 54-nation African Union has drawn criticism from some.
The government needs to address the causes of xenophobia and hold people accountable, says Human Rights Watch at the release of its World Report 2015.
Sacked party stalwart Didymus Mutasa is going to court to get his job back and to restore Zanu-PF to 'legality'.
Elections and Abuja's need to lead are hindering AU efforts to take on the militants.
Amnesty International has said that Nigeria's senior military officers received information of a Boko Haram offensive but failed to take action.
African leaders are set to discuss economic recovery for countries affected by war and the Ebola virus at the African Union summit in Adis Ababa.
The floods have killed 117 people, up from at least 84 dead a week ago, according to Mozambique's deputy health minister.
The strict law prohibits gay marriage, but 18-year-old Faruk Maiduguri told reporters that he and his friends were only celebrating his birthday.
Zambia's new president Edgar Lungu has a minority mandate. Less than half of the registered voters made their mark, and he faces new polls in 2016.
Just after midnight on Sunday ?suspected Boko Haram militants began attacking Maiduguri. The militants began the attack in the Njimtilo area.
Following the death of President Michael Sata in October, the ruling Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu has received 48.3% of the vote.
Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu holds a small lead with most of the votes from this week's presidential polls counted.
The militant group is said to have invaded Cameroonian towns, sparking fears that it is expanding into neighbouring countries.
The goal must be a uniquely African green revolution that successfully adapts global experiences to local conditions.
International help and pledges fall far short of the $65-million needed to deal with the disaster.
Ex-president Joyce Banda has distanced herself from claims Rajan Mahtani used her to buy his way back into business.
It wants the reform of key Zimbabwean parastatals to ensure its loans don't 'leak' because of graft.
The Patriotic Front has taken a small lead over the opposition United Party for National Development, with 80 of the 150 constituencies counted.
Zambian police fired tear gas to disperse supporters of the leading opposition candidate, as the presidential election was extended into a third day.