African military chiefs agreed on Saturday to more than double the size of a regional peacekeeping force deployed in Central African Republic (CAR), where authorities have struggled to contain violence after a rebel takeover.
Nigeria launched a military campaign on Wednesday to flush Islamist militants out of their bases in remote border areas, after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast.
Nigeria claimed an early success for its military offensive against Islamist insurgents in the northeast on Monday, saying the militants’ activities had been stifled by nearly a week of attacks on their bases.
Equatorial Guinea arrested at least four members of the opposition for seeking to organise a protest ahead of an legislative election this month, Amnesty International and a local rights activist said on Wednesday.
The UN envoy to the Central African Republic (CAR) urged the Security Council on Wednesday to consider imposing sanctions on rebels accused of severe rights violations including rape, maiming, recruitment of child soldiers and forced marriages.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Army used combat helicopters to bombard rebel fighters on Monday near the city of Goma in the first clashes in nearly six months, days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to visit the troubled eastern borderlands.
Workers at platinum producer Lonmin’s South African shafts continued a wildcat strike for a second day on Wednesday, raising concerns that the bitter turf war between rival unions could escalate into anarchy and violence.