Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999. The poll is seen as the first election in which an opposition candidate has a serious chance of unseating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, but widespread fears it could trigger violence are already becoming reality.
Kenya's President Apologizes for Past Wrongs by Government, Previous Regimes
Kenya's president has apologized to the Kenyan people for past wrongs committed both by his government and past regimes. President Uhuru Kenyatta told parliament during his state of the nation address Thursday that time has come to bring closure to the country's painful past.
Kenya Detains 52 in Latest Roundup Over Suspected Islamist Attack
Police detained 52 people on Friday in Kenya's main port city, a day after an officer was killed in a suspected Islamist revenge attack, heightening tensions in an area where the authorities say militant Islamist is spreading.
The Germanwings co-pilot seemed to have crashed the plane deliberately, killing 150 people on board. The co-pilot wouldn't let the captain inside the cabin, with the "intension to destroy" the jet, the French prosecutor said at a press conference.
Africa's most populous nation is heading to the polls on March 28th. Current president Goodluck Jonathan will be strongly challenged by retired General Muhammadu Buhari, in what is set to be the most closely fought election since the end of military rule in 1999.
Court Denies Request by Former Liberian President to Serve Sentence in Rwanda
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has denied former Liberian President Charles Taylor's request to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda, rather than Britain. Taylor was convicted in April 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for aiding murderous rebels in Sierra Leone's civil war.
Nigerian Court Leaves Challenger Free to Run in Presidential Race
A Nigerian court on Wednesday effectively blocked an attempt to bar the main opposition candidate from running in what looks set to be the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999. The court adjourned the case until April 22, leaving Muhammadu Buhari free to stand against President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 election.
Somalia is the only country to suffer two famines in recent history. Though farming and livestock industries are strong, political turmoil, clan infighting and land disputes leave the country's population vulnerable to food insecurity.
Chinese Restaurant in Kenya Does Not Accept Blacks after 5PM
A Chinese restaurant in the Kenyan capital does not admit Africans after 5pm, insisting they pose a security threat to its clients. The staff cites criminal situations and the activities of terrorist group Al Shabaab.