Officials marched alongside thousands of South Africans at a protest against anti-foreign attacks on Thursday. The government is trying both persuasion and a heavy hand to stem the violence of recent weeks.
The Catholic Church administers 25 percent of all AIDS treatment worldwide, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas. But it's facing new obstacles as funding declines and African governments are under pressure to provide services themselves.
In the wake of the Garissa massacre, Kenya has employed air strikes against Al Shabab and is demanding that Somali refugees be sent home. It has faced criticism, but also calls for even harsher measures.
The Democratic Alliance, the main opposition party, is preparing to appoint a leader from among its cast of young black superstars to recast its image with majority black voters. Mmusi Mainame is the frontrunner for the job.
On the first anniversary of the kidnapping by Islamic extremists of hundreds of girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement, 'We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown.'
A contentious statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes was removed Thursday after a successful campaign by University of Cape Town students. But questions still remain of how South Africa should remember its checkered history.
Al Shabab militants murdered 147 people, mostly Christian students, at a university in Garissa, in northeast Kenya on Apr. 2. Church leaders offered prayers Sunday for the fallen, as some worshippers stayed away.