WASHINGTON - The United States said on Friday it had suspended training of Burundi soldiers for African peacekeeping missions over concerns that political violence in the country would hamper their ability to participate in such operations.
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations on Friday said it was launching an investigation and demanding accountability after eight civilians were killed earlier this week by shells fired at its compound in the town of Melut, near South Sudan's Paloch oilfields.
UNITED NATIONS - Western and African members of the U.N. Security Council criticized each other on Friday after the 15-nation body narrowly passed a resolution calling for global action against illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.
ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopians vote on Sunday in an election likely to hand another sweeping victory to the ruling party, which boasts of delivering one of the fastest growing economies in Africa though opponents say it has crushed dissent at the same time.
BAMAKO - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia.
JUBA - South Sudan's government said on Friday it had wrested control of oil-producing Upper Nile State, the scene of heavy fighting in recent days, from rebel fighters.
NGOZI, Burundi - In the Burundian president's rural stronghold, his party's youth wing dismisses the fears of those who have fled the east African nation that it is gathering arms and sharpening knives for a new bout of ethnic bloodletting.
BEIJING - China called on Friday for an end to conflict in South Sudan where fighting has caused thousands of people to flee from their homes and prompted warnings to oil companies to shut down operations.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's power utility Eskom said it would extend power cuts to 2,000 megawatts of electricity from 1000 GMT to 2000 GMT on Friday due to a shortage of generating capacity.