Africa’s independence: what will the next 60 years bring?
A wave of independence swept across Africa sixty years ago. This week it’s been the turn of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to mark their independence. But amid the celebrations there is also time to reflect, regret even mourn what has taken place since gaining self-rule. Somalia, for instance, has seen the state split, a civil war, imposition of sharia law and a rise in piracy and Islamist terrorism.
Dozens killed in Mozambique for refusing to join terrorists
Some 52 young people were shot dead or beheaded in the country's north as an Islamist insurgency gains strength. Local and national security services as well as foreign mercenaries have been unable to stop the militants.
West African leaders pledge $1 billion to fight jihadists
The leaders of West African nations have announced a plan to combat the growing problem of Islamist violence in the region. Jihadist groups have strengthened their presence across the arid Sahel region this year.
Attackers kill 12 civilians in northeast DR Congo
Twelve civilians, including two children, were killed during two attacks carried out by suspected members of the Islamist-rooted ADF militia group in northeast DR Congo.
Sri Lanka says militant leader killed in Easter bombings
Sri Lankan Islamist leader Zahran Hashim was apparently killed in one of the suicide attacks on Easter, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Police are now hunting for some 140 people with suspected "Islamic State" ties.
Insecurity throws Nigeria's election preparations into disarray
In northeast Nigeria, a surge in attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamist insurgency's offshoot, Islamic State West African Province, is throwing plans for the February 16 presidential election into chaos.
Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 15 in northeast Nigeria - residents
Suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 15 people in an attack on a group of villages in northeast Nigeria late on Wednesday, residents told Reuters.