International donors have pledged €3.25bn to rebuild Mali as fighting against Islamist militants continues in the north. France intervened in Mali in January and has 1,000 troops there, raising fears of a drawn-out battle against insurgency.
Libya passed a law banning officials who served under deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi from working in the new administration. Gunmen, however, have refused to give up control of two ministries in the capital even as lawmakers capitulated to their demands.
On the heels of a new presidential resolution for US government agencies to avoid Chinese IT hardware over security concerns, the Pentagon has sparked outcry by disclosing its lease of bandwidth from a Chinese satellite.
Economic development researchers have unveiled a database revealing details of China’s financial aid to Africa. The information bank dispels previous assumptions that Beijing is focusing solely on resource extraction and big infrastructure projects.
A northeastern Nigerian town turned into a slaughterhouse as a battle between government troops and Islamist militants left at least 185 dead. Heavily-armed extremists used locals as human shields while soldiers set residential quarters on fire.