Expected rains have failed to arrive for successive seasons in and around Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, causing severe shortages of food and water for millions of people.
The 93rd birthday of Nelson Mandela was celebrated around the world July 18, paying tribute to the hero who spent 27 years in prison for his leading role in the fight against South Africa's apartheid regime.
The AU questioned the stance of the rebels and the NATO powers that Gadaffi must go before any ceasefire and dialogue can commence.
Thousands marched in Caracas on June 7 demanding protection for small farmers determined to take over unused land in accordance with the Lands and Agrarian Development Act of 2001.
Cash strapped and beset by political turmoil, the tiny kingdom of Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, is petitioning neighboring South Africa for a USD $1.4 billion bailout to stave off collapse.
The two European NATO countries which have spearheaded the intervention in war torn Libya, the United Kingdom and France, are calling for an intensification of the intervention.
The capture and detention of former President Laurent Gbagbo ends last week's military standoff in Côte d'Ivoire, but innumerable challenges remain.
The start of a landmark legal challenge to the rule of King Mswati III has boosted the pro-democracy movement in the tiny southern African state of Swaziland.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is waging a bloody war against his own people, drawing international condemnation - but some warn he is a "crafty survivalist."
When the mass uprising in Tunisia spread to Egypt last week, it took a qualitative turn: Egypt occupies a highly strategic position in the region and has for decades been a linchpin of American policy there.