A decade of Jacob Zuma has made South Africans more desperate but also more wary of politics and receptive to Siya Kolisi's brand of sincere, lived-in pragmatism, writes Cecelia Balfour.
Tanzania has decided to release around 1 900 Ethiopians jailed in the country, the Ethiopian embassy in Dar Es Salaam has said in a Facebook post.
At least 58 people were killed during a weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher has told AFP, citing a figure more than double the government estimate of 23 dead.
Sudan has said it has complained to Cairo about an Egyptian television serial that shows some Egyptians living in the African country being involved in "terrorism".
Expelled ex-Zanu-PF heavyweights, Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo say they're 'ready to rejoin party', and Morgan Tsvangirai has appointed one of his three deputies to take charge of the party while he undergoes cancer treatment.
Ugandan media report that President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill that removes a presidential age limit from the constitution and allows him to run for election again.
Kenya police have used tear gas and water cannon on a large crowd of supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga who gathered to welcome him from a trip overseas.
A longstanding border dispute between Egypt and Sudan could hamper negotiations with Cairo over Ethiopia's massive dam on the Nile as the African country presses ahead with construction
Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is set to face treason charges at the High Court, and SA has suspended imports of all poultry products from Zimbabwe.
South Sudan's government and opposition groups have failed to reach a political agreement mediated by Uganda's president in the latest setback to efforts to end the country's civil war.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has declared a unilateral ceasefire as he launched a national dialogue, a controversial bid to end a civil war that excludes his rival Riek Machar.
Sudan's Doctors Syndicate says the government crackdown on protests has left at least 57 dead, including three who died of torture, since they began in mid-December
South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar has refused to sign a final peace deal with the government, in a setback for a regional drive to end nearly five years of brutal civil war.
A daily flotilla of wooden canoes makes the 10-hour eastward crossing of Lake Albert ferrying hundreds of refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo's latest spasm of violence to the safety of Uganda.
Ethiopia has lifted a ban on domestic workers moving overseas after passing a new law to guard against ill-treatment, a government official has said.
By arresting Darfur's powerful militia chief Musa Hilal, Khartoum has tightened its control over Sudan's strife-torn region but analysts say it might open a new chapter of violence.
Kenya's main opposition group says its leaders have told Western diplomats that it won't participate in an election re-run planned for Thursday because "it doesn't serve the country's interest."
At least 31 people are dead after the overnight siege of a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital by al-Shabaab Islamic extremists, ended on Thursday morning by security forces with all five attackers killed.
South Sudan's government says 15 young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines.
A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has blown himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people.
Kenya's progressive 2010 Constitution brought improved women's representation in Parliament and public life. But historical prejudices remain, always more intensely apparent during elections, writes Beatrice Akala.
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