Senegal: At meeting in Dakar, ECOWAS says it is ready to deploy forces to Mali as soon as Malian authorities request them.
South Africa: Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil unveils bust of Mahatma Gandhi at prison in Johannesburg.
Kenya: Inspired by the great champions region has produced, runners from Kenya and beyond are coming to train in remote northern Turkana.
South Sudan: Finding enough food for their children is a daily problem for many mothers in newly independent nation where a quarter of the children are underweight.
Egypt: Demonstrators vow to stay in Tahrir Square to protest military government’s exclusion of prominent candidates from presidential elections later this month.
USA: Elephant named Shanti wows keepers at the National Zoo in Washington, DC with her musical talents.
China: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells reporters in Beijing that China will allow dissident Chen Guangcheng to study abroad.
Russia: Bombings in the Dagestan kill 14 and raise questions about
Russia’s ability to contain Islamist insurgency in region close to site of 2014 Winter Olympics.
France: Ballot boxes are ready for Sunday election that pollsters say will be a victory for Socialist candidate Francois Hollande against President Sarkozy.
Egypt: Demonstrators vow to stay in Tahrir square to protest military government’s exclusion of prominent candidates from presidential elections later this month.
Haiti: Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe is confirmed as prime minister.
USA: Asian elephant Shanti wows keepers at the National Zoo in Washington, DC with her musical talents.
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Nigeria: Six people are dead after separate attacks on the Kaduna and Abuja offices of The Day newspaper.
Mali: ECOWAS says it will send troops to Mali and Guinea Bissau to monitor transitions to civilian rule after recent military coups. South Sudan: Conflicts between Sudan and South Sudan have badly damaged oil and gas facilities in the Heglig region, hurting fuel supplies in both countries. Egypt: Islamists demonstrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against ruling military council. Ethiopia: African designers showcase their collections at the Hub of Africa Fashion Week in Addis Ababa.
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Nigeria: YouTube video shows man identified as leader of Boko Haram threatening to bring down the government of Goodluck Jonathan within three months.
Guinea-Bissau: Military launches coup attempt just before campaigning was due to begin for presidential run-off election. Mauritania: Fleeing violence in the homeland Malian refugees now face severe water shortages in camps in drought-stricken northern Mauritania. Egypt: Demonstrators gather in Tahrir square to show support for new law preventing top officials who served under Hosni Mubarak from becoming president. South Africa: President Jacob Zuma celebrates his 70th birthday at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg.