The rebels said they had halted their advance on the capital of Bangui on Wednesday and would start peace talks, averting a clash with regionally-backed troops.
President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has agreed to meet with President Salva Kiir Miyardeit of South Sudan on Friday in Ethiopia to discuss border security and oil sharing.
President FranÃ§ois BozizÃ© on Tuesday urged rebels threatening to enter the capital to lay down their arms and let him complete the last three years of his term.
Prosecutors in Cairo opened a criminal investigation on Tuesday into allegations that a popular television comedian, Bassem Youssef, has taken special aim at ultraconservative Islamists on his program.
At least three people died and thousands were left homeless after several fast-moving fires swept through a crowded slum at the edge of Cape Town on Tuesday.
About 60 people were crushed to death outside a stadium after a New Yearâ€™s Eve fireworks display, officials said.
Ivorian officials Tuesday said that they were baffled as to what set off the stampede, which happened as revelers were leaving a sprawling downtown stadium.
Increasingly, the rangers, many in their 40s or 50s, are finding themselves wading into the bush to confront hardened soldiers working as ivory poachers.
Gunmen drove into Tahrir Square in Cairo on Monday and fired at an antigovernment sit-in, seriously wounding a protester.
Rebels rejected an offer from President FranÃ§ois BozizÃ© that proposed forming a government of national unity, saying that previous agreements with him had been quickly broken.
Driven by a belief that ground-up rhino horns can cure cancer and other ills, the horn rush has exploded into a worldwide criminal enterprise, drawing in a surreal cast of characters.
President Obama said an inquiry on the episode that claimed four American lives in Libya had identified â€œhuge problemsâ€ in how the State Department protects its missions abroad.
Sibut, an important transportation hub, fell without a shot being fired because the Central African Republic Army and forces from neighboring Chad had pulled back, an official said.
The assault took place early Friday morning in Musari, the city where the sect known as Boko Haram first began its guerrilla campaign against Nigeriaâ€™s weak central government.
In Kenya, people are so eager to protect their wildlife â€” and the tourism dollars that safaris bring â€” that civilians are risking their lives to confront poaching gangs.
The Kenyan government is struggling to win the war in the fight against illegally killed elephants.
Regional negotiators are seeking to arrange talks between the government and rebels.
Amputations have occurred at least 14 times since the Islamist takeover of the region last spring, with a vow of more to come.
President Jacob Zuma said in a speech that having a pet was part of â€œwhite cultureâ€ and that people should focus on family welfare, the newspaper The Star reported Thursday.
Sudan and South Sudan accused each other of military incursions near disputed border areas, placing a new setback to plans to resume cross-border oil exports.