Tense negotiations on reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme entered a crucial phase on Saturday as France's top diplomat flew in to join talks in Lausanne.
Polling stations opened in Nigeria on Saturday, the electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.
Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.
Egypt is hosting a weekend Arab summit at which regional leaders will discuss plans to form a joint military force against the backdrop of Saudi-led strikes on rebels in Yemen.
The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, told his ex-girlfriend that "one day everyone will know my name", according to German newspaper Bild.
When Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Houthi forces in Yemen on Friday, the second day of the campaign led by mostly Gulf Arab nations, Pakistan pledged to defend Saudi Arabia against any threat to its territorial integrity.
Italy's top court on Friday acquitted Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 and spent four years in prison before being released on appeal.
A film inspired by the scandals surrounding former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released Friday in the United States, but the re-edited version of "Welcome to New York" has angered director Abel Ferrara.
Radio France, the country’s main public radio broadcaster, has been paralysed by a strike since March 19 in what is now the longest such action to affect the company in a decade.
At least 10 people were killed Friday in an attack launched on a Mogadishu hotel by the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, security officials said, adding that most of the victims were members of hotel security and civilian guests.
Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in the Middle East are being targeted and some are facing a possible "genocide" by Islamic State militants, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the UN on Friday.
Israel will transfer some of the tax funds due to the Palestinian Authority minus payments for services provided, officials said Friday. Israel halted the some $127 million in monthly transfers in January after Palestinian moves to join the ICC.
With Nigeria’s general election just a day away, talk on the streets of the capital Abuja is dominated by just one question: Who will emerge victorious in Saturday’s poll?
A rabbi in the city of Toulouse has filed a complaint for discrimination after a polling clerk told him he would have to remove his kippa, or Jewish skullcap, before voting in local elections.
The co-pilot blamed for deliberately crashing into the French Alps and killing all 150 people on board was hiding an illness from his employers, German prosecutors said Friday, following a search of Andreas Lubitz's home.