At least 258,000 people, around half of whom were children, died of hunger during Somalia’s 2010-2012 food crisis, according to a UN report released on Thursday, which also said that the world should have done more to prevent the tragedy.
A series of explosions and an assault by gunmen on Mogadishu’s law courts left at least 19 people dead in the Somali capital on Sunday. The al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab said it had carried out the attacks.
Northern Mali is slowly getting back to life without Islamist rule, but for many Arab families, things are almost worse than before. Next, the case of Oscar Pistorius, accused of the murder of his girlfriend, is provoking a new debate on gun control in South Africa. And the short film "Asad" not only takes a hard look at how boys are pushed into piracy in Somalia - it's also up for an Academy Award.
The "Die Hard" sequel muscles its way to the top of the box office, despite bad reviews. Also on the programme, we speak to the first-time Somali actors who are in the race for Oscar glory, as well as American crime writer Craig Johnson.
This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.
François Hollande was said to be a president who did not know or care much about Africa. But eight months after his election, he has sent French troops to the Central African Republic, Somalia and Mali - admittedly, for different reasons. So is he, like his predecessors, a victim of the "Françafrique" virus, the name used to define the shady and troubled relationship between France and its former colonies in Africa? Or is he acting differently and ushering in a new era in those fraught ties?
At least two people were killed in a suicide bomb attack outside the Somali prime minister's office in central Mogadishu on Tuesday, army officials said. The victims are believed to be members of the security forces.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Thursday that the United States has recognised the Somali government for the first time since 1991, calling for "an open, transparent dialogue" between the two countries.
Should Twitter censor "terrorist tweets"? The Twitter account of Somali militants Al Shabaab shared a photo of a dead French soldier earlier this week and announced the death of another today. We look at the social network's censorship policy. First though, we look at reaction to the Algerian hostage crisis on the web and in the Algerian media.
Somali militant group al Shabaab have announced that they killed a French hostage, Denis Allex, who they had been holding since July 2009. France has said Allex died in a failed rescue attempt on Saturday.