A bomb exploded at a Nigerian ruling-party rally for a northern governor Thursday, killing three people and wounding 21 others as a decisive April election looms for the oil-rich nation.
Mohamed ElBaradei, who has become a leading symbol for democratic change in Egypt, emerged as a bitter foe of the United States when he led the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) between 1997 and 2009.
A lead poisoning outbreak that has killed more than 400 children in the rural farmlands of northern Nigeria remains "a neglected, underfunded emergency," the U.N. warned Friday, saying many villages remain coated with the deadly metal.
Health workers will use a new vaccine to protect 20 million people in three West African countries against meningitis, a disease that kills thousands each year on the continent and leaves others brain damaged, officials said Monday.
President Yoweri Museveni's re-election bid was stumbling in this dispirited, overpopulated nation - until he found his groove by churning out a rap song during a campaign speech.
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens in a new audiotape to kill French citizens to avenge their country's support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils.
While Europe's latest terror threat stems from militants in Pakistan, a potentially greater menace lies just across the Mediterranean: well-organized and -financed Islamic terrorists from al Qaeda's North African offshoot.
A tape released Thursday on a jihadist forum shows the first images of a group of hostages including five French citizens since they were seized two weeks ago in Niger by an al Qaeda offshoot and taken into the desert.
An international aid agency says an alarming number of new cholera cases have been reported in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.