Protesters demanding the departure of Senegal's aging president on Sunday seized control of a three-block stretch in the heart of the capital, erecting barricades and lobbing rocks at police just days before a contentious presidential election.
Somalia's president asked the U.N. Wednesday to lift the arms embargo against his country, saying the recent merger between al Qaeda and al-Shabab has made the dropping of the arms ban necessary.
Several months before a Senegalese court was scheduled to rule on one of the most divisive issues facing the nation, the country's aging president took extra care to ensure that his interpretation of the law would prevail not only in Senegal, but also in Washington.
The aging president of Senegal tried to divert attention from growing street protests calling for his resignation and prove that he still had grass-roots support by leading an impromptu rally through the capital late Tuesday.
College students set fire to a bus and clashed with police Wednesday outside the campus of the main university in Senegal's capital a day after one of their classmates was killed in an anti-government demonstration.
An Associated Press reporter saw police tussle with international pop star Youssou Ndour, who was pushed back by police when he tried to enter a police station where a leading opposition figure is being detained.
Pop star Youssou Ndour, one of Africa's most famous musicians, submitted his application late Wednesday to be a candidate in the Feb. 26 presidential election.
South African rangers say they have found eight dead rhinoceroses that were stripped of their horns, an unprecedented one-day toll.
Kenya's military said its forces killed three militant fighters from al-Shabab in a battle in Somalia.