Barka! Ga abubuwan da ya kamata ka sani
SOMALIA PIRACY: Authorities say Somali pirates have released a mostly Tunisian crew and a tanker highjacked last November off Somalia's coast.
IVORY COAST: Ivory Coast's incumbent leader, Laurent Gbagbo, is expected to respond to an African Union demand that he cede power to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized winner of November's presidential election.
NIGER ELECTION: Former prime minister Seini Oumarou has conceded defeat in Nigers presidential election.
ANGOLA/DINOSAUR: Scientists working in Angloa say they have discovered a type of dinosaur that appears to be one of the largest creatures ever to walk the Earth.
IVORY COAST CRISIS: Ivory Coast's incumbent president is expected to address the nation, possibly as early as Thursday, about African Union demands that he hand over power to the internationally-recognized winner of November's presidential election. VOA West Africa Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, the country's political crisis has driven more than 75,000 refugees across the border into Liberia.
NIGERIA VOTE: Nigerian militants are claiming responsibility for attacking an oil facility in the Niger Delta and are warning of more violence ahead of next month's presidential election.
KENYA/SUPPORT: As the United Nations Security Council members consider Kenya’s request for a deferral of its ICC trial, Kenya’s leaders are engaged in a war of words over the will and interests of Kenya’s people.
AU/GADHAFI'S INFLUENCE: An African Union committee of experts is considering a proposal by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to transform the AU bureaucracy into a powerful continental authority. Peter Heinlein reports the eccentric Libyan leader still casts a long shadow over African affairs, even as his 42-year rule is under threat at home.
AFRICA/HEALTH-WOMEN: Delegates from 15 African countries Thursday conclude their three-day workshop in Nairobi to develop a regional plan to stop mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
WATER DAY/SAF: The international community is marking World Water Day this year under the theme of water and urbanization -- noting that for the first tiem in history, more that one-healf of the world's population now lives in cities. In Africa, which has the highest urbanization rate in the world , 70 percent of city dwellers live in slums or shantytowns, often called informal settlements. And clean water and sanitation in these settlements is often a serious issue.