The post-Arab Spring rise of Islamist leaders appeared to bypass Libya, where a coalition led by a Western-educated political scientist led the early vote count.
About 600 soldiers from the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo fled into Uganda, where troops from that nation disarmed them and were trying to figure out what to do with them.
President Mohamed Morsiâ€™s decree appeared to be a bold effort to claim authority, raising the specter of confrontation with Egyptâ€™s military and courts.
Islamists, who in the past week have destroyed and desecrated the tombs of Muslim saints in the fabled town of Timbuktu, are threatening West Africaâ€™s stability.
Libyans voted on Saturday in their first election in more than 40 years.
The violence over the weekend, which left at least 56 people dead in Christian villages, appeared to be part of a conflict with Muslims in the religiously divided nation.
Heavy rains and a ceaseless stream of the hungry and sick fleeing a contested border area are creating an epidemiological disaster, said Doctors Without Borders.
Many Libyans still hope that the election of a new national congress will offer a more peaceful way to resolve differences.
In a third week of protest against the government, the demonstrations in greater Khartoum and other Sudanese cities have remained small but show signs of gathering momentum.
Antigovernment protesters in and around Khartoum, the capital, and in other cities clashed with riot police officers on Friday as demonstrations stretched into a third week.
With elections scheduled for Saturday, and a weak interim government, those divisions between Libyaâ€™s regions and tribes have been magnified, threatening to tear the nation apart as it struggles to build a unified national identity.
Fleeing the war in Sudanâ€™s Nuba Mountains, a new generation of Lost Boys, and some girls too, is being born.
More and more Sudanese have begun challenging their government, but it is unclear if a real Arab Spring has reached the country.
The Security Council on Thursday endorsed West African political efforts to end unrest in Mali but stopped short of backing military intervention.
Since 2006, Tullow Oil has made major discoveries by exploring small oil fields in regions that larger companies have missed.
The release ends a monthlong diplomatic tussle over a group that was intended to have immunity.
Somali and Kenyan troops rescued four foreign aid workers held hostage inside Somalia, three days after they were seized from a refugee camp in Kenya, the armies said Monday.
Islamists who have taken control of Timbuktu smashed the wooden door of an old mosque on Monday, continuing a campaign of destruction.
Masked gunmen hurled grenades into two churches in northern Kenya and sprayed gunfire at worshipers fleeing one of them.