U.S. troops lent "limited technical support" in France's daring -- and, ultimately, failed -- bid in Somalia to rescue an intelligence agent who'd been held hostage for years, President Barack Obama told Congress on Sunday.
Nigeria's military says it's questioning a leader of Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group blamed for the killings of hundreds of civilians, after capturing him in the country's northeast early Sunday.
From the recovery of an ailing iconic leader, to an international military intervention in a nation described as the next Afghanistan, the big Africa stories of the week will echo in the continent and beyond.
Hosni Mubarak, jailed for life over the deaths of anti-government protesters in the uprising which toppled him from power, is to face a retrial after an Egyptian court accepted an appeal against his conviction.
Gunmen targeted the car of the Italian consul general in Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday as he was leaving the consulate, the latest in a series of attacks targeting foreign missions and security officials in the eastern city.
Rebels in the Central African Republic -- who took over numerous towns and threatened to overrun the capital -- will be part of a unity government under that nation's embattled president, a government spokesman said Friday.
The retirement of the pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan, also known as "Afweyne," has generated much media coverage, but the real significance of his announcement is the indication it gives of how Somalia's pirates currently view their business model. It appears that hijacking vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is no longer seen as a relatively risk-free affair.