LUSAKA - Zambia's Guy Scott became Africa's first white head of state in 20 years on Wednesday after the president, "King Cobra" Michael Sata, died in a London hospital aged 77.
CAIRO - Egypt on Thursday banned a pressure group that has pushed for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was overthrown by the army last year.
LAGOS - Nigerian gunmen have freed a German citizen working for construction firm Julius Berger less than a week after they kidnapped him and killed another German citizen in a raid on their vehicles, the company said in a statement.
KHARTOUM/BENGHAZI Libya - Libya's internationally-recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Wednesday he was ready for peace talks with rivals controlling Tripoli as fresh fighting in Benghazi killed 20 people.
OUAGADOUGOU - Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and ransacked state television on Thursday, forcing it off the air ahead of a planned vote on a motion to allow the veteran president to extend his 27-year rule.
HARARE - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe opened parliament on Tuesday, steering clear of a succession struggle raging in his ZANU-PF party following his wife's sensational attempt to force his deputy out of office.
BONDOUKOU Ivory Coast - Forty years ago, Henri Kouakou was struggling to support his family farming a small plot outside Bondoukou, a dusty town in northeastern Ivory Coast, when he first learned that money did, in fact, grow on trees -- cashew trees.
TUNIS - Tunisia's secularists are poised to win the most seats in a close-run election that should see the country's ruling Islamists pushed into second place.
BENI Democratic Republic of Congo - Ugandan rebels suspected of massacring at least 80 people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo this month have been depleted and are adopting new guerrilla tactics, the Congolese interior minister said on Tuesday.