18 January 2011
Last updated at 21:38 ET
Tunisia's interim president and prime minister quit the RCD party, in an apparent bid to defuse anger over its continued involvement in running the country.
The UN Security Council welcomes the mostly peaceful and orderly referendum in Southern Sudan that is widely expected to result in secession.
Nigeria's army says its soldiers have been given permission to shoot to kill in the city of Jos, troubled by sectarian violence.
Pirates took a record 1,181 hostages in 2010, despite increased patrolling of the seas, a maritime watchdog says.
Burkina Faso beat Congo Brazzaville 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out to reach the final of the African U17 championship. SPORT
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