Officials suspect that up to 1,200 jihadists are now fighting in Sirte under the banner of the Islamic State. They are part of one of three "provinces" the group has established across Libya since last year, together making up what the Obama administration believes is the strongest of eight branches the group's leadership has established across the Muslim world.
A British nurse, thought to have made a full recovery in January from Ebola, has been taken to a hospital in a serious condition due to what health officials described as delayed complications from the virus - raising questions about the long-term impact of the disease on survivors.
The U.N. Security Council is urging the use of unarmed drones in the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, but the government there says that could cause "disagreement and hostility" as a peace deal tries to take hold.
He was our man in Africa.
Hissene Habre, who ruled Chad in the 1980s, was a U.S. ally in good standing even as his government killed tens of thousands of people and filled prisons with enemies who were starved, beaten and tortured.
Fifty-two soldiers and rebels have been killed in recent fighting in South Sudan's contested state of Unity, said a military official Saturday, blaming rebels for the latest violation of a peace deal signed last month.
Somalia's prime minister said Friday the government wants to liberate all remaining territory held by the Islamic militant group al-Shabab in the coming year and have its own forces take over the country's security from an African Union force in the next two to three years.
Bodies keep turning up in Burundi, dumped at roadsides and in streams. Mass arrests are being carried out. The killings and arrests have triggered fear and uncertainty across this central African country that was already shaken from protests and a coup attempt earlier this year.
U.S. Special Operations forces have opened a new front in their hunt for the African warlord Joseph Kony, moving closer to his suspected hideout in a lawless enclave straddling Sudan and South Sudan, according to military officials and others familiar with the operation.
The head of the U.S. military's Africa Command, on a visit to Uganda, on Wednesday awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit to six Ugandan military officers, including the country's top military commander, according to the U.S. Embassy in Uganda.
Aid officials pleaded for access to the neighborhoods of Central African Republic's treacherous capital on Wednesday, saying that sectarian clashes between Christian and Muslim militias make it too dangerous to help the wounded and to recover bodies.
Burkina Faso's army took over the barracks of the presidential guard that carried out a short-lived coup this month, barraging them with gunfire Tuesday after they refused to disarm, the government said.
South Sudan has been hit by a civil war since December 2013 when President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his vice-president Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer. The fighting has often been marked by ethnic violence.
fter Rwanda's 1994 genocide, returning refugees swept into the country's biggest national park with herds of cattle and wiped out the last lions. Now the once-abandoned reserve on the border with Tanzania is drawing more tourists, reducing poaching and involving more villagers in conservation. It even re-introduced lions this year.
Egypt's military spokesman says troops have killed 10 militants near the Bahriyah Oasis in the country's western desert - an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people.
An Egyptian helicopter strike on desert trekkers misidentified as militants has highlighted the government's inability to contain Islamist insurgents whose geographic reach appears to have expanded in recent months.
Command of Marine forces in Europe and Africa will fall under a two-star general stationed in Germany beginning Wednesday, a milestone in the command’s 35-year history and a reflection of the Corps’ growing role in both theaters.
The United States carried out as many as six airstrikes using drones in southern Somalia in the past week, shifting to a far more direct role in the decade-old fight against al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab militants, American officials said.