Egyptians will head to the polls in late March in the first round of the presidential election, with current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi widely expected to stand for election and likely to win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent.
Two years after being detained, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), is still kept in Nigerian government’s prison and the officials are ignoring his critical health condition.
At least eight people died and 86 others were rescued after a rubber dinghy starting sinking in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, according to the Italian coast guard, which said a search was continuing to find any more survivors.
Two former Zimbabwean cabinet ministers who served under ex-president Robert Mugabe have been charged with corruption, their lawyers said on Saturday, the latest sign of a crackdown on officials loyal to Mugabe.
In a surprise move, Ethiopia's leader on Wednesday announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he called an effort to "widen the democratic space for all."