opinion By Tarila Marclint Ebiede
The recent presidential elections in Nigeria have bolstered hope for democracy, both in the country and across the African continent. The challenge now, as always, will be to realise the hopes and aspirations expressed by both voters and the victorious party.
At least 74 people were killed in fighting near Somalia's border with Ethiopia on Sunday, according to officials and witnesses. Somali and Ethiopian forces attacked the bases of Al-Shebab islamists near the south-western town of Ato.
Local people say that this is the worst fighting they have seen in the region and it is unclear how many were killed but the government claimed victory in this gruesome battle.
Hassan Ibrahim Lugbur, the deputy governor of Bakool region where Ato locates told RFI by phone that over 74 Al-Shebab fighters were killed in the battle.
By Holly Dranginis and Timo Mueller, 20 May 2014
Washington, DC — If Congo and the international community are to learn anything productive from the Minova trial, they will look beyond its verdict. The devil - and the value - is in the details.
By Carolyn Miles, 5 May 2014
Despite horrific abuses perpetrated on women and children, the atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rarely make international headlines.
Kinshasa, the DRC's capital, is always bustling, clogged by traffic jams and swarming with people. Yet in the shadows children are growing up on the streets. This country is one of the toughest places I have seen for anything resembling a happy childhood.