Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it has killed 60 Ethiopian soldiers in an attack on an African Union base in central Somalia.
The AU mission (Amisom) says it repulsed the attack, killing 110 militants.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens.
Significant gains have been made by Libyan government air, sea and land forces fighting to recapture the central city of Sirte from so-called Islamic State, officials say.
Forces allied to the Tripoli government assert they now have the upper hand.
Friends of a man extradited to Italy on Tuesday on people smuggling charges say police have the wrong man.
A UN whistleblower who alleged child sex abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic has resigned, citing the "complete impunity" of those responsible for the crimes.
Anders Kompass told officials that the UN was failing to properly investigate allegations that French troops abused children as young as eight.
An Eritrean man believed to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa to Europe has been extradited to Italy, prosecutors say.
A leading Nigerian doctor has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of reneging on a promise to end "medical tourism" by seeking treatment in the UK.
A portable heart diagnostic invention has won its developer - Cameroonian Arthur Zang - Africa prize for engineering innovation.