Barka! Ga abubuwan da ya kamata ka sani
NIGERIA FINANCE: The managing director of the World Bank says Nigeria needs to do a better job of living within its budget. She is President Jonathan's choice to be the next finance minister.
KENYA: Police in Kenya fired tear gas Thursday at a group of protesters demonstrating against high food and fuel prices.
CONGO/RAPE: An investigation into mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been called off after some of the victims were attacked. The United Nations said Wednesday that a judicial inquiry had spoken to about 150 victims and witnesses but that some of those who spoke had suffered from reprisals.
SOMALIA/DROUGHT: One of the worst droughts to hit the Horn of Africa in years is causing an Islamist militant group to change its mind about international aid agencies. Al-Shabab says it will welcome all aid agencies, including non-Muslim ones, to provide food and other supplies to Somalis living in areas under its control.
LIBYA: Libyan rebels have seized two small towns south of Tripoli in a six-hour gunbattle with forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi, while opposition fighters east of the capital suffered heavy losses in clashes with government troops.
SUDAN/SOUTH SUDAN: The army of northern Sudan is demobilizing some 15,000 southerners from its ranks, as the south prepares to declare independence.
SAF MEDIA: This week South Africa's largest newspaper, the Sunday Times, revealed that two of its investigative reporters have been subject to harassment and intimidation, apparently by elements in the security forces. These developments come against a background of increasing hostility toward the media from the highest levels of government and the ruling African National Congress.
SOMALIA/SHABAB: One of the leaders of Somali al Qaida-linked insurgent group al Shabab has revealed the group is losing ground in its fight against the Somali government.
SUDAN: Southern Sudanese in the country-in-waiting's capital of Juba are sprucing up streets and trying to impose order to make sure independence day goes smoothly on Saturday.
UGANDA: Shopkeepers in the Ugandan capital of Kampala and around the country shut their doors Wednesday, the start of a two-day strike to protest rising prices.