In Libya, the African Union is seen as a tool of Qaddafi's ambitions, not as a potential honest broker in the uprising against his 41-year reign.
Preliminary results indicate losses for the People's Democratic Party, but President Goodluck Jonathan, a PDP member, could still win.
The country's journalists aren't wasting time getting to the tough questions or putting politicians and businessmen under a microscope.
Syria admitted for the first time that it is using force to put down protests after nine soldiers were killed in an ambush in the port city of Banias.
Forces loyal to both sides in Ivory Coast's presidential dispute recently attacked civilians in ethnically motivated killings in the country's west, according to a report by Human Rights Watch in New York.
More than 120,000 people have fled Ivory Coast for neighboring Liberia to escape the violence in their home country. Oxfam warn that their living conditions are 'dangerously inadequate.'
A recent escalation in violence between Gaza militants and Israeli forces has stoked fears that Israel will launch a ground invasion of Gaza as it did in December 2008.