Somalia's interior minister, Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan (centre), died on Friday in hospital following a suicide attack, apparently carried out by a woman, at his home in Mogadishu, security officials said.
In Sudan, north and south continue to clash causing one hundred thousand to flee the border town of Abeyei.
Uganda had long been seen as a sucess story in the fight against AIDS. But thirty years after the disease first broke, AIDS in Uganda is back on the rise. And we'll take a look at some of the best preserved cave paintings in Africa, over five thousand years old.
At least 17 civilians died and 46 were wounded after government forces and their African Union allies clashed with rebels for control of Mogadishu's main market on Thursday, an official said. Many were killed when artillery fire hit a bus station.
As Ivory Coast tackles the aftermath of months of bloody political conflict, president Alassane Ouattara thanks Burkina Faso for its support during the crisis. Somaliland is still fighting for its place on the world stage, but celebrates what it's achieved in the 20 years since its split from Somalia. And prize-winning Chadian filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun is one of the judges at this year's Cannes film festival.
In Ivory Coast, over 400 people have died since the disupted presidential election last November, with another eighteen just this week, many of them civilians. Niger's new man in charge, Mahama-ou Issoufou wins the presidency, his third time around. And choreographer George Momboye gets his latest inspiration from the elegant Massai.
The African Union peacekeeping force and Somali government troops have captured a key area of Mogadishu and a border town from al Shabaab militias, in a wide offensive to return stability to the country after two decades of war.
In Somalia, the civil war has left 1.5 million people displaced and forced hundreds of thousands more to seek asylum in neighbouring countries. Kenya is home to the world's biggest refugee camp, and more than 300,000 Somalis live there in tents. Yet, despite the continuing influx of refugees, Nairobi refuses to allocate more land to the new arrivals.
South Korean special forces stormed a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea on Friday, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight assailants in a rare raid on Somali pirates, military officials said.