Six people, including five women, were killed when Tunisian security forces stormed a house where gunmen were locked in a standoff with police near the capital, the authorities said.
The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching the disease.
Polling stations have opened in nationwide elections in which the Botswana Democratic Party, which has ruled the country since 1965, faces a tough challenge from a recently united opposition.
Mali's health ministry says the country has its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl, who had recently been in Guinea, tested positive for the virus.
A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.
23 October 2014, 21:58
Rwanda's minister of health is reversing a decision she made to require visitors who had been in the U.S. or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition daily.
23 October 2014, 19:54
Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns about the worsening epidemic in West Africa as the number of people with the disease neared 10,000.
23 October 2014, 18:00
A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt on the government's claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.
23 October 2014, 12:53
The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists will face uncertainty if the extremists make good on an apparent pledge to free the teenagers they seized six months ago.
23 October 2014, 11:17
Members of a family in South Africa are reportedly suing the police for over KES 7,700,000, claiming they did not respond to numerous calls for help during threats of violence by an estranged husband.
23 October 2014, 09:51
A campaign for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to seek a third term has begun with allies suggesting a constitutional change to allow him to run in 2017.
23 October 2014, 08:20
The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10 000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation says, as the scramble to find a cure gathers pace.
23 October 2014, 07:11
A large explosion has rocked a bus station in a north Nigeria area previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses say, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government's purported ceasefire with the Islamists.
22 October 2014, 21:04
Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travellers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates.
22 October 2014, 19:05
Two people died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked when health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman.
22 October 2014, 16:51
African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three west African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis.
22 October 2014, 16:51
A contingent of 83 doctors and nurses departed Cuba for Guinea and Liberia, bringing to 256 the number of medical workers sent by Havana to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
22 October 2014, 13:43
Oscar Pistorius spends first night in a single cell in the prison's hospital wing.
22 October 2014, 12:10
Egypt's authorities have banned a prominent activist of the 2011 uprising, Asma Mahfouz, from leaving the country while on her way to Bangkok, a Cairo airport official says.
22 October 2014, 10:38
Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege has won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the DRC.
22 October 2014, 08:54
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to travel to Maseru, Lesotho to facilitate the country’s return to political normalcy, his office says.
22 October 2014, 07:20
Nigeria's foreign minister says Abuja hopes to end the conflict with Islamist militant group Boko Haram soon and win the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.
21 October 2014, 20:45
Medical charity MSF, at the forefront of the fight against Ebola in west Africa, said it had saved a 1000th patient from the deadly epidemic.
21 October 2014, 18:44
Egypt military court sentences 7 alleged militants to death, 2 to life for killing soldiers.