Military and police deployed across the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as president Joseph Kabila says he intends to remain in power after the end of his term, with new elections delayed indefinitely.
Most agree that simple cash transfers can help in the shorter-term. But the longer-term effects are uncertain because of a complex mix of factors.
The discovery in Nigeria re-energizes hope among those who have rallied around the slogan "Bring back our girls."
Parts of Africa face one of the worst droughts in a century. Alongside needed food aid, new farming methods may offer a longer-term response – and lighten domestic burdens for women.
Women with pink hats and signs begin to gather early and are set to make their voices heard on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency on Saturday in Washington. Organizers of the Women's March on Washington expect more than 200,000 people to attend the gathering. More protests are expected in other US cities.
Before it was shut down, the fake embassy in Ghana's capital, Accra, issued an unknown number of counterfeit and stolen visas.
The death of a fish vendor who was attempting to retrieve fish confiscated by police has sparked large protests in several cities, a rarity in a country whose king holds nearly absolute power.