East Africa's drought has brought down water levels at Kenya's power dams, forcing power companies to ration it. Nairobi, the Rift Valley, and western Kenya will see the worst blackouts.
A report on the impact of climate change predicts that Mali's agricultural output will suffer greatly, which could exacerbate problems such as unemployment and security problems.
Somalia's militant group Al Shabab announced that a ban on some aid groups remains in place. The decision stems from a distrust of outsiders and a desire to deny the famine's existence.
The Nigerian government's strategy for dealing with Boko Haram is based on its experience with militants in the Niger Delta, but Boko Haram's different grievances means those tactics may not work.
Even if the family code passes, it will be somewhat of a victory for Muslim organizations and leaders who were able to get their concerns incorporated into the legislation, proving their political clout.
Senegal yielded to UN pressure not to extradite Hissene Habre, who is wanted in Chad for human rights violations. The UN and other international groups fear he will be tortured and executed in Chad.
Even Somalis who are not members of the local militant group Al Shabab may see US drone strikes on the group as an unwelcome foreign intervention.
The soon-to-be separate countries will remain interdependent after South Sudan's July 9 independence because of intertwined economies and security concerns.
Boko Haram has been receiving more attention from the international community and media since its June 16 attack in Abuja. The scrutiny warrants a look at its history.