Mozambique's government has been shaken by beheadings and other deadly attacks by suspected Islamic extremists in a northeastern region touted internationally for its offshore reserves of natural gas. Since last month, men with machetes have spread terror in several villages in Cabo Delgado province on the border with Tanzania, beheading 10 people in one attack, hacking others to death and burning vehicles and homes.
The UN has condemned intimidation of staff and patients by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR), who launch repeated attacks in hospitals.
The UN said, Men armed with machetes, knives and other crude weapons entered hospitals in the past few months, with the most recent happening in the town of Bambari.
Eritrea has reaffirmed its commitment to the unconditional implementation of a peace agreement with Ethiopia to end a border dispute. The Country’s Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel said Eritrea has for the last 16 years unconditionally accepted the results of the Algiers December 2000 peace agreement.
A statue of India's most famous independence campaigner, Mahatma Gandhi, has been unveiled at a railway station in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg.
The unveiling coincided with the 125th anniversary of Gandhi being thrown off a train at the station because he had boarded a coach reserved for white passengers.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has overturned the conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity of former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, according to the BBC.
Bemba was found guilty in 2016 of crimes committed in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003.
He was accused of failing to stop his rebels from killing and raping people.
Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Thursday appointed the country’s Housing Minister, Mustafa Madbouly, as acting prime minister and directed him with to form a new cabinet, state-run Ahram Gate news website reports.
The BBC reports that Cabinet members including Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, resigned this week to pave the way for Sisi to appoint a new government following his re-election to a second term in office.
The first batch of Cuban doctors have arrived in Kenya's capital Nairobi, as controversy continues to swirl over the deal.
BBC reports that the 50 doctors, who are mostly women, were received by Kisumu County Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o and Dr Rashid Aman, chief administrative secretary at the Health Ministry, after arriving on Tuesday night at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The Cubans have come amid controversy surrounding their pay and treatment, including privileges such as furnished apartments, security and transport.