Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the past decade had seen a significant rise in extremism in Africa, as six African heads of state gathered in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday for an African Union counter-terrorism summit.
South African State Union Demands 15 Percent Pay Raise
South Africa's top public health worker union said on Wednesday it wanted a 15 percent across-the-board wage increase and would begin a series of protest marches over poor government services this week. National Education Health & Allied Workers Union, which has around 280,000 members, said in a statement there was a public health "crisis" in Africa's most developed economy because of government outsourcing.
Nigerians Doubtful Of Girls' Release After Boko Haram 'Truce' Breached
A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents.
Zimbabwe Ruling Party Suspends Officials Seen as Mugabe Critics
Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party suspended several senior officials aligned to Vice-President Joice Mujuru on Friday, weakening her position in an fierce battle to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe. The 90-year-old, who has ruled the southern African country since independence from Britain in 1980, has been nominated by all the party's 10 provinces to retain his post as party president at a congress due in the first week of December.
Last year, Nigerian forces swept in and retook a series of towns that had been overrun by the extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Adamawa state. But they did not fight alone: Local vigilantes joined in with makeshift weapons and helped the soldiers retake their hometowns.
Nigeria's Boko Haram Releases Beheading Video Echoing Islamic State
Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State.