In the war against piracy off the coast of Somalia, private security firms are offering military experience and weaponry to ship owners, most of whom are willing to pay thousands of dollars a day for their own private army.
More than 40 French personalities suspected of illegal arms appeared in a Paris court over the so-called "Angolagate" scandal. The son of former French President François Mitterrand attracted much of the attention.
Alfonso Cano steps into Manuel Marulanda’s shoes following the legendary FARC leader’s death. But they are big shoes to fill and Colombia’s deadly insurgency movement does not look as invincible as it once did.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Angola, where he is expected to clinch deals to supply a telecommunications network for the Angolan government. Relations between the two countries have been frosty since a 1990s arms sale scandal.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has blamed the weekend's foiled rebel attack against Khartoum on his Chadian neighbour, though N'Djamena continues to deny its involvement. Chad closed its border with Sudan on Monday.