The Pentagon cannot confirm if Ahmed Abdi Godane, the appointed leader of Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, was hit in a U.S. air strike. The terrorist group is infamous for the attack last year on the Westgate Mall in Kenya.
Ugandan Parliament Set To Re-introduce Anti-gay Law
Uganda's parliament will try to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality law that was thrown out by a court, a lawmaker leading the effort said on Wednesday, a move that could once again damage relations with the West. Last week, the east African country's constitutional court nullified the law, signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February, on a technicality, saying it had been passed by parliament without quorum.
Liberia Fights Ebola In Capital, West Africa Toll Tops 1,200
Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.
There's been no trace of the 200 kidnapped schoolgirls who were kidnapped by militants seven months ago, despite Nigeria's assurances a rescue operation was underway. Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau has released a new video mocking any attempts to find them.
In their second anti-terrorist operation in the last few days Kenyan police and troops have swooped on several mosques in Mombasa. Three mosques were raided, during which weapons, explosives and other items were discovered. One hundred and nine arrests were made of what the authorities are calling "terrorist cells" possibly linked with Somalia's al-Shabaab militant Islamists.
Nigeria's Ruling Party Picks Goodluck Jonathan as Presidential Candidate
Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party nominated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan as their candidate for the February 2015 presidential elections in the early hours on Thursday, local live TV showed. The PDP presidential primaries, held in the capital Abuja, were no contest as the party's board had already approved Jonathan as the sole candidate.
Cameroon Appeals for International Military Aid to Fight Boko Haram
Cameroon's President Paul Biya has appealed for international military help to fight Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which this week threatened to step up its cross-border raids into the country from Nigeria. Biya said, the Nigerian group is part of a "global" movement that has attacked Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia in its drive to establish its authority from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.
Haiti 5 years later: What have we learned? Monday marked the five-year-anniversary of the earthquake hit Haiti. An estimated 230,000 people died. More than one million were displaced. Rev. Sharpton talks about how billions of dollars in aid have helped the rebuilding process.
As Nigeria approaches its most divisive and closely fought election since the end of military rule in 1999, its leaders are having to reassure voters that Africa's most populous nation will remain in one piece. The February 14 vote pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari is already proving violent, with the electorate in Africa's biggest economy more polarized than for decades.
South Africa's Zuma to Face Hostility When Parliament Opens
South African President Jacob Zuma is expected to receive a hostile reception when he opens parliament on Thursday, with opponents set to challenge him over graft allegations and the weakening economy.