Mali's president has named former Prime Minister Keita as negotiator for talks with Tuareg rebels.
At least 57 people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has said.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir sacked his army chief after rebels seized a major oil hub, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter in which the UN says hundreds of civilians were massacred.
Mali has denounced as a “cowardly and despicable murder” the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation’s top jihadist groups.
Ugandan police are reportedly holding a 6-year-old pupil and her mother after the young girl sneaked through President Yoweri Museveni’s security and handed him a letter.
23 April 2014, 16:35
Long-serving Angolan President Jose Eduardo do Santos has replaced his powerful defence minister with the former head of the ruling party, a statement says.
23 April 2014, 14:28
Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is expected back in the country after two years abroad. His return is seen as aimed at supporting his son who is facing jail for corruption.
23 April 2014, 13:19
Rwanda President Paul Kagame says that the genocide in his country 20 years ago has taught the nation that they "must ultimately be responsible for their own fate".
23 April 2014, 12:10
A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed after a bomb exploded under his car outside his home near Cairo, a report says.
23 April 2014, 11:14
Egypt's next president will have to contend with frustrated workers who have threatened a new wave of nationwide strikes if their demands are not met by the cash-strapped government.
23 April 2014, 10:10
'Piles and piles' of bodies were left behind after the South Sudan slaughter, with thousands of people streaming to UN base for safety.
23 April 2014, 09:07
When you risk your life fishing on dangerous seas, a drink in the bars back on shore seem a welcome relief, but in Uganda, it has created a culture with staggering rates of HIV.
23 April 2014, 08:04
Twenty-five people have been killed and their village set on fire in north-eastern Nigeria, according to officials.
23 April 2014, 07:01
The White House expressed horror at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war.
22 April 2014, 18:54
A Somali lawmaker who was assassinated in Mogadishu was shot several times, police officer Mohamed Dalane says, adding that he died instantly.
22 April 2014, 18:54
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly laid into Britain, describing the nation as having "grown small in mind".
22 April 2014, 16:26
South Sudan's army says it is battling rebels in three key states, as insurgents blamed for massacring hundreds of civilians in attacks last week continue an offensive targeting oil fields.
22 April 2014, 15:03
Uganda’s military says it has captured a junior commander with the LRA and rescued 10 people abducted by the fugitive leaders of the rebel group notorious for abducting children.
22 April 2014, 14:04
Islamist rebels in Somalia have vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country. This comes after a lawmaker was shot dead in Mogadishu.
22 April 2014, 13:02
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly claimed that he earns a monthly salary of $4 000, the lowest for any head of state in southern Africa.
22 April 2014, 11:41
The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year.
22 April 2014, 10:24
Insurgents have assassinated a Somali lawmaker, the second in 24 hours, police and witnesses say, the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital.
22 April 2014, 09:17
The UN has called for an investigation into the massacre of hundreds of civilians by rebel troops in northern South Sudan.
22 April 2014, 08:11
Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is to return home after moving abroad following his election defeat, a move that comes as his son faces trial for corruption.