Lesotho's opposition leader and former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, has fled the country for the second time in a year, news agencies report.Copyright: Reuters
Mr Thabane said he had fled to Botswana after discovering that there was a plan to assassinate him, he is quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
Mr Thabane fled to South Africa in August, claiming the military had staged a coup - a charge it denied. Lesotho, a mountain kingdom surrounded by South Africa, has experienced several coups since independence in 1966.
Somali traditional leader King Burhan King Mussa is visiting South Africa and has held talks with newly crowned Xhosa King Mpendulo Sigcau.
King Mussa said he raised concern about the xenophobic attacks that Somalis and other migrants have faced in South Africa.
"He promised that he will work on changing the situation, that they will show more respect to Somali people," the Somali monarch said.
He is due to meet later today Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who was widely accused of fuelling the anti-foreigner violence that hit South Africa last month.
Commenters have been reacting on the BBC Africa Facebook page to our earlier post on militant Islamist group al-Shabab briefly invading a mosque in north-eastern Kenya's Garissa county, and preaching to worshippers.
Richard Rich Owaa says: "It shows they can still attack Kenya anytime they want to. Let the government wake up from its sleep."
Paul Otuba agrees: "It is a shame that the Kenyan government continues to ignore beefing up security around the volatile Garissa belt and border with Somalia."
Lawyers for prominent Angolan human rights activist Rafael Marques say an agreement has been reached with a group of generals who are suing him for defamation.
Mr Marques has agreed not to republish his book linking them to killings and torture in the country's lucrative diamond fields, his lawyer David Mendes said.
The generals and a company which sued him had now agreed to drop the charges, said Fernando Oliveira, the lawyer for ITM Mining, which filed its case along with the generals, AFP news agency reports.
BBC Africa, Abuja
Nigerian soldiers have taken away 275 women and children who had recently been rescued from Boko Haram captivity, officials say, amid suspicion that some of them were in contact with the militant Islamists.
The group was removed from a camp in north-eastern Adamawa state, and flown to an unknown destination in a military plane, an official from Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency confirmed to the BBC.
Those staying in the camp had been receiving rehabilitation treatment for trauma experienced during their captivity by Boko Haram.
The Nigerian military has so far declined to comment.
The BBC's Will Ross had heard harrowing testimony from several of those who were rescued when he visited their camp in Yola earlier this month.
Belgium says it will sever aid to Burundi's government if President Pierre Nkurunziza goes ahead with his bid for a third term in office.
The Belgian foreign ministry said standing for re-election would be a serious blow to his legitimacy.
Begium, the former colonial power, is a major aid donor to Burundi. In 2013, the direct aid from Belgium amounted to about $53m (£34m; 47.4m euro).
Belgium has already suspended aid for parliamentary and presidential elections due in Burundi next month.
Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete has warned Western donors not to threaten his government by withholding aid.
Tanzania would tell them to keep their aid if it felt "degraded", he said in a statement.
The BBC's Aboubakar Famau in Dar es Salaam says it is unclear what prompted the statement, but Mr Kikwete may be under pressure over his plan to approve two new laws, including one aimed at fighting cyber crime.
Non-governmental organisations say the legislation would violate civil rights, a position which some donors may support, he adds.
A Malawian court has awarded compensation to 11 sex workers who were forced by police to undergo HIV tests.
The judge said the treatment of the women by police and health workers had been "irrational, unjust, unfair and unreasonable".
The victims' lawyer, Chrispine Sibande, hailed the ruling as "a victory for sex workers who are usually abused every day", the AFP news agency reports.
The group will have to launch a separate court action to claim the damages.
Photos are coming in from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, of protests against President Pierre Nkrunziza's bid for a third term in elections due next month. Here, the military clears a barricade in the Ngagara neighbourhood:Copyright: AP
There were also clashes in the Nyakabyga neighbourhood between stone-throwing protesters and police:Copyright: AP
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The story of a young mother who has been sentenced to death in China has gripped Kenyans, as they use her case to discuss the influence of China in Africa.
A protester has been shot dead in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, as demonstrations continue against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, reports the BBC Great Lakes service.
The protester was shot in the back by police in the opposition stronghold of Musaga, a witness said.
Here's the fourth instalment of the BBC's graphic novel, tackling the human impact of the global drugs trade in Guinea-Bissau.
Buba's crack cocaine addiction is getting worse. He has sold his broken-down taxi, and his father has thrown him out of the family home - but he still has to fund his craving for drugs.Copyright: BBC
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Photographer Simon Brann Thorpe has visited Western Sahara to explore a conflict that has been forgotten, yet has lasted for 40 years, with no sign of a resolution. Click here for his report.
RFI reporter Sonia Rolley in Burundi's capital Bujumbura tweets that police have fired tear gas at a small group of women near Independence Square.
The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza has sent photos from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where the last leg of campaigning is taking place ahead of national elections on Sunday. The ruling EPRD coalition, in power since 1991, is expected to win again. It held a big rally in Addis Ababa today:Copyright: BBC
Women were out in force at the rally. Election officials say that out of the 36.8 million people registered to vote, 48% are women:Copyright: Bc
The EPRDF has displayed models of housing and transport projects to show voters that development has taken place under its rule:Copyright: BBC
More than 12,000 people have been arrested in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province since the security forces launched a controversial anti-crime operation following last month's xenophobic violence, South Africa's Eyewitness News reports.
They have been arrested for alleged offences ranging from murder to theft in what the government sees as a highly successful operation in the fight against crime, it reports.
Rights groups say the operation has unfairly targeted immigrants and reflects "state-sanctioned xenophobia".
Ugandan musician Jemimah Kansiime, known as Panadol wa Basajja, was late for her court appearance in the capital, Kampala, this morning.
She is one of the first people to be tried under Uganda's controversial Anti-Pornography Act.Copyright: BBC
The charges are linked to a music video in which Miss Kansiime is seen in a bikini, gyrating. She denies the video is pornographic.
Her lawyer argues that the legislation is being challenged in the Constitutional Court, and her case should be stopped until it hands down its verdict.
The case was adjourned to 9 July.
BBC News, Somalia analyst
The al-Shabab militants are reported to have disappeared into a bush after taking over a mosque for about two hours in Kenya's north-eastern Garissa county.
The militants criticised the Kenyan authorities and warned the congregation against spying for the government, local leaders told the BBC.
Last month, al-Shabab besieged a university in Garissa town, killing nearly 150 people. The group is based in Somalia but is also active in Kenya.
Burundi's leader Pierre Nkurunziza has a lot on his plate at the moment, after a failed coup last week, and continuing protests over his third-term bid. But matters of state weren't enough to prevent the president playing in his daily kickabout with friends in the capital, Bujumbura on Wednesday.Copyright: Reuters
The president's passion for football is well known. He even has his own team, called Hallelujah FC.Copyright: Reuters
His official biography on the Burundian government website says he is "a talented sportsman who enjoys playing soccer and riding a bicycle", and that when playing for Hallelujah FC "he plays as a striker and scores regularly".Copyright: Reuters
Famously entrepreneurial, some Somali businessmen have come up with a new device, dubbed Camelcash, to overcome a clampdown on remittance firms by the US, Europe and Kenya. Click here to read the story.
Burundi's new defence minister has called for unity in the army, warning that a split could lead to a situation similar to Somalia emerging in the central African state, the AFP news agency reports
Emmanuel Ntahonvukiye also told troops that "the survival of Burundi as a nation depends on the cohesion of the army", it quotes an official statement as saying.
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza appointed Mr Ntahonvukiye, a civilian, to the post following last week's failed coup.
The world's oldest stone tools have been discovered in northern Kenya, scientists report.
They were unearthed from the shores of Lake Turkana, and date to 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say.Copyright: MPK-WTAP
A prominent Nigerian human rights lawyer has denounced the military trials of 579 officers and soldiers charged with offences related to the fight against Islamist group Boko Haram.
Femi Falana said the court-martialling of the group on charges of mutiny, cowardice and disobedience was a "travesty".
The trials were being held in secret because evidence supplied by some of the accused, whom he represented, condemned Nigeria's military establishment, indicating corrupt officers often diverted money meant for salaries and arms, Mr Falana said, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Army spokesman Sani Usman said the trials were intended to emphasise discipline and professionalism.
More than 60 Nigerian troops were sentenced to death last year for mutiny.
Today's African proverb: Life, like a wheel, turns. A Setswana proverb sent by IndomitableGg Phaladi, Gaborone, Botswana.
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