When Penny Sparrow left a racist Facebook message aimed at black New Year's Day beach revelers, the overwhelming national response was based on South Africa's peculiar relationship with a central symbol of inequality.
Burundi's government and opposition are meeting in Uganda this week, following a bleak Christmas -- the first since President Nkurunziza won a controversial third term. But with mediation stalling, many wonder what to expect in the new year.
A bus attack Monday by Al Shabab in northeast Kenya got rebuffed by passengers who bravely refused to divide into Muslims and Christians. Kenyan Somalis are forced to take civic responsibility for local education and schools.
Amnesty International said in a statement late Tuesday that the shooting of members of the Shiite group in Zaria "must be urgently investigated ... and anyone found responsible for unlawful killings must be brought to justice."