Defying expectations and, in some places, bullets, Libyans voted in the first election after more than four decades under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
A convicted member of Al Qaeda was transferred from the prison camp at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, Cuba, to his native Sudan â€” a first for the Obama administrationâ€™s military commissions system.
Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord, was sent to prison for 14 years for using child soldiers in 2002 and 2003.
Islamist militants destroyed two tombs on Tuesday at the famous 14th-century Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu, residents said.
Ethiopia is the darling of Western donors, but its stability comes at a heavy cost in human rights.
J. Scott Grationâ€™s resignation as ambassador to Kenya put him alongside other military commanders who struggled in civilian posts under the Obama administration.
An explosion at a mosque and attacks on several polling places show how far the country has to go.
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese gathered in Juba to celebrate the first birthday of the worldâ€™s youngest nation â€” an event marred by dire economic hardships and a near-constant threat of war.
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.