East African countries can individually sign separate trade agreements with the European Union (EU) if a joint deal is not reached within the next four months, according to a statement from a meeting of regional leaders.
East African nations approve individual trade pacts with EU if joint deal not reached
Amnesty International says an attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group on Nigeria’s northeastern town of Rann has left at least 60 people dead, denouncing Nigerian authorities for their failure to protect civilians.
Boko Haram kills 60 in northeast Nigeria: Amnesty
Libyan security forces have arrested a suspected leading member of Islamic State, Khalifa al-Barq, in the militant group’s former stronghold of Sirte, an official and residents said on Thursday.
Libyan forces arrest suspected Islamic State member in Sirte
Zimbabwe’s umbrella public sector union has backed down from plans for a national strike, an official said on Thursday, citing the volatile situation in the country after violent protests this month were met by a security crackdown.
Zimbabwe's public sector union backs down on strike, says situation is volatile
Around 30,000 people fled into Cameroon at the weekend from the Nigerian city of Rann, fearing an attack by Boko Haram terrorists, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.
Thousands flee Nigerian city into Cameroon fearing terrorist attack – UNHCR
The Nigerian government said it would not accept any foreign “meddling” after the European Union, United States and Britain raised concerns over last week’s suspension of Nigeria’s most senior judge before a Feb. 16 presidential election.
Nigeria rejects foreign 'meddling' over chief justice suspended before Feb vote
More than 50 mass graves were identified in western Democratic Republic of Congo after a spate of killings in the region, a UN rights group said.
More than fifty mass graves discovered in DR Congo: UN rights group
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the country’s most senior judge on Friday weeks ahead of a presidential election, in what his challenger called an act of dictatorship and the bar association called an “attempted coup”.
Nigeria's Buhari suspends chief judge, drawing opposition ire before election
Syria's "natural place" is within the Arab League, Tunisia's foreign minister said Saturday, ahead of the organization’s annual summit in Tunis in March.
Tunisia calls for Arab League to readmit Syria

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