Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade abandoned his efforts to lower the electoral threshold for a presidential victory. In a 95 percent Muslim country, religious leaders can influence the debate.
Guest blogger Alex Thurston writes that economic grievances are likely to galvanize protests in several sub-Saharan African countries this year, as they are right now in Nigeria.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi curried favor among African leaders for decades by providing them with financial support, but Secretary of State Clinton is asking them to abandon him.
Bearing the brunt of the exodus of Libyan refugees, several countries in the Sahel region – including Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, and Chad – have called on Qaddafi to step down.
The African Union Mission in Somalia has been gaining ground against Al Shabab, but threats of countries withdrawing soldiers and failure to pay others could set back that progress.
Khartoum says that the mission of the UN peacekeepers in Sudan will be finished when South Sudan becomes independent on July 9.
Nigeria could be the world's third most populous nation by 2100, with 700 million people. American economist Jeffrey Sachs says a three-child policy is needed to contain the population explosion.
Northern Sudan's ruling party candidate won a gubernatorial election over a candidate from South Sudan's ruling party in a vote that party rejected as fraudulent.