A day after thousands celebrated the launch of a coup, rival armed factions traded gunfire at strategic sites in the capital. President Nkurunziza condemned the attempted coup on state radio from an unknown location on Thursday.
By gagging independent radio stations, the government is promoting fear and undermining long-gained press freedoms. On Wednesday, a Burundian army general declared he was dismissing President Nkurunziza.
Regional foreign ministers met this week to try to prevent the escalation of violence in Burundi over President Nkurunziza bid for a third term in office. Many Burundians have put their hopes for compromise in foreign intervention.
Youth-led protests have turned violent over President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term. Critics say the move is unconstitutional and could reverse the democratic progress made since a civil war ended in 2005.
Since its inception 15 years ago, one of Africa's most prominent literary prizes has been at the center of debate over what constitutes as African literature. The Caine Prize committee announced its 2015 finalists on Tuesday.
None of the nearly 500 hostages freed this week appear to be the Chibok girls captured last April. The Nigerian Army is trying to root out Boko Haram from Sambisa Forest, a vast area of vegetation in the country's northeast.
Facing international charges of war crimes, President Bashir easily cruised another term in office after an election widely criticized as unfair. Yet he offers Sudan, and allies in the Arab world, something that is in short supply: stability.
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.