At the old train station in Benin's economic capital Cotonou, a rundown locomotive imported from France in the 1960s arduously roars to life, ready to haul 600 tonnes of goods to an inland city.
A Nigerian rebel group has announced a conditional cease-fire and agreed to hold talks with the government following months of attacks on key oil and gas facilities that have hammered the economy.
South Sudan's former rebel leader and ex-Vice President Riek Machar has escaped to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo following violent clashes last month, officials said Thursday.
Three people, including a policeman, were killed Wednesday in clashes in a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after a massacre sparked angry accusations of security failures by the government, local officials said.
Zambian police said Tuesday they had arrested 150 opposition activists over protests that erupted after President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of a highly-contested vote.
South African opposition parties on Tuesday slammed the ruling ANC for failing to deliver on its promises, four years after police killed 34 Marikana miners in a massacre that shocked the world.
Zambia's incumbent president Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of a closely-fought election on Monday but the victory was immediately challenged by his main rival.
The mother of one of the Chibok girls kidnapped more than two years ago by Nigeria's Islamic extremists on Sunday saw the first proof her daughter is alive -- a video of her begging Nigeria's government to exchange detained militants for the girls' freedom.
Thousands of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rainfall killed 100 people across Sudan, officials and an AFP photographer said on Sunday.
The soldier pointed his AK-47 at the female aid worker and gave her a choice.