Police in the Senegalese capital Dakar have surrounded the home of the main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, after deadly unrest erupted over a jail sentence pronounced against him.
Mr Sonko wasn't in court on Thursday when he was sentenced to two years in prison for immoral behaviour.
But the justice minister said he could be jailed at any time.
At least nine people were killed in Dakar and the southern city of Ziguinchor when Mr Sonko's supporters clashed with police.
Senegal's government blocked some social media and insisted it would maintain order.
Angola denies IMF pressure behind rise in fuel prices
The world through its media
has denied that it was abolishing fuel subsidies as a result of pressure from
the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Finance Minister Vera Daves said on Thursday that the withdrawal of fuel subsidies came as a result of a sovereign decision by the
It follows government's decision to raise the price of petrol from 160 kwanza ($0.27) to 300 kwanza ($0.51) per litre, which came into effect on Thursday.
The measure does not affect public service vehicles and motorcycles - whose operators will get a non-transferable pre-paid card that they will use to buy fuel.
Caster Semenya book praises being 'born different'
South African athlete Caster Semenya is publishing a memoir later this year, saying she hopes the book will show "how the world can welcome those born different".
Semenya is an intersex woman and has spoken about the ordeals she's faced in her career - including having to take testosterone-suppressing drugs, and offering to show her vagina to athletics officials when she was 18 to prove she was female.
Semenya says the public may know her for her Olympic feats, yet "there is still so much I need to relate about strength, courage, love, resilience and being true to who you are."
Zambia's state house clarifies row over handbags
State house in Zambia
has dismissed accusations that women are being barred from carrying handbags to its functions.
This follows a complaint about “gender-insensitive
security measures” witnessed at a recent event at the official residence of the president.
Grace Sinkamba, from the Non-Governmental Gender Organisation's Coordinating Council, said it amounted to discrimination against women and girls.
But state house spokesperson Clayson Hamasaka said
no woman had been denied access to the building “solely due to carrying a handbag”.
He said that those who decline to have
their bags screened forfeit their right to
Security chiefs must work better together - Tinubu
Nigeria's new president promises security reforms
BBC News, Abuja
Bola Ahmed Tinubu has promised reforms to deal with Nigeria's insecurity, in what was his first official meeting with security and intelligence chiefs since becoming president.
Terrorism and an Islamist insurgency are entrenched in the north-east of the country, banditry and armed militias are common in the north-west and central Nigeria - while separatist agitations, oil theft and sea piracy threaten the south.
His predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, famously promised and failed to defeat Islamist insurgents.
But newly sworn-in President Tinubu "has made it very, very clear that he's determined to build on whatever gains have been made and to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour," said national security adviser Babagana Monguno after Thursday's meeting in Abuja.
Better co-ordination, consultations and timely reporting were all needed to improve the way security agencies work together, Mr Tinubu said.
At his swearing-in on Monday, Mr Tinubu said health, education and infrastructure development would also be major priorities
for his government.
An appeals court in Switzerland has upheld a 20-year jail sentence against a former Liberian warlord convicted of rape, murder and cannibalism.
Lawyers say Alieu Kosiah was also found guilty of the additional charge of crimes against humanity, which had been added by prosecutors.
The former rebel commander was found guilty of war crimes in 2021.
The case was the first of its kind in Switzerland, or anywhere else, for atrocities committed during Liberia's multiple civil wars which lasted from 1989 to 2003.
Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and mutilated during the conflict.
Eritrea's leader urges Russia to play 'historical role'
Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki has called on Russia to perform its "historical responsibility" of promoting global peace and justice, the Eritrean Ministry of Information's website, Shabait, has reported.
Mr Isaias made the comments during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.
Eritrea and Russia enjoy cordial relations.
Eritrea is one of a few countries to oppose UN resolutions to condemn Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Mr Isaias added that "the unipolar world order", dominated by the US, had contributed to the "spiral of crises and destruction" around the world.
His four-day visit to Russia came barely a week after a similar visit to China, during which he held talks with President Xi Jinping and other senior government officials.
Eritrea is a one-party state where Mr Isaias has been in power since independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
Rocket attack kills 17 in Sudan market - medics
At least 17 people were killed and 106
others wounded on Wednesday after rockets hit a market south of the capital Khartoum, a Sudanese doctors' union said.
This is the largest number of people killed by shelling in an attack around the capital since fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) started on 15 April.
The attack came as talks, brokered by the US and Saudi Arabia to end the conflict, collapsed.
"The Mayo area [Market 6] witnessed
violent and bloody shelling this afternoon, which left 17 people
dead and more than 106 wounded," the Sudanese Doctors'
Syndicate said in a post on its Facebook page.
It brings the civilian death toll in the conflict to 883.
Internet disrupted in Mauritania after protests
The Mauritanian government on
Wednesday cut off the internet on mobile phones, a day after demonstrations
linked to the death of a young man in police custody.
All internet connections on
mobile phones were down, but landlines continued to work and
economic activity continued, the AFP news agency reported
Demonstrations took place in the
capital Nouakchott, and in Boghé in the south of the country, to demand
"justice for Omar Diop".
Mr Diop was arrested on Monday
evening in Nouakchott after taking part in a fight, according to the police.
He died a few hours later in hospital with respiratory problems.
An autopsy and inquest are under way
to determine the circumstances of the death, the interior ministry said.
Zimbabwe passes bill to punish 'unpatriotic acts'
BBC News, Harare
Zimbabwe’s parliament has voted in favour of a controversial bill to punish citizens for "unpatriotic acts" , including imposing heavy fines or even the death penalty on them.
Critics have called it a dark day for democracy.
The so-called patriot clause of the Criminal Law Act targets those who harm the "national interest of Zimbabwe”.
It includes any citizen who meets a representative of a foreign country with the aim of encouraging sanctions against Zimbabwe or overthrowing the government.
Many senior government officials and state-owned
companies are under Western sanctions over alleged human rights abuses,
long blamed the opposition for this and want to stop meetings between the
opposition and foreign officials.
Parliament voted 99 to 17 in favour of the law - one of the most controversial of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidency.
It will now go to the senate before it is signed into law.
Critics say the legislation is unconstitutional
as it would violate freedom of association and the right to free speech.
opposition official told the BBC that the way to end sanctions is to uphold
human rights, not to criminalise criticism.
The controversial changes were passed as part of a series of amendments to the Criminal Law Act.
Lawmakers also voted in favour of minimum sentences for rape.