Ex-Namibia president awarded $5m Mo Ibrahim prize

The event, held in Accra, was witnessed by former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Vatican sues journalists who leaked Catholic Church’s confidential information

The Vatican is a sovereign state with its own judicial system and should the accused not appear in court, the trial will go ahead in their absence.

Ebola Volunteers

New Ebola case hits Liberia after country declared virus free

Liberia has seen more than 10,600 cases of the disease and 4,808 Ebola deaths since it was first announced in March, 2014, according to WHO figures.

Malian commandos storm Bamako hotel, free 80 hostages

US special forces and French commandos would be involved in the hostage recovery efforts.

US tells EgyptAir not to carry packages on passenger aircraft

Freight packages will only be transported on separate cargo aircraft

World’s second-biggest diamond discovered in Bostwana

Expert says the 1,111-carat diamond was of “exceptional quality”

Russia confirms plane that crashed over Sinai was shot down

The crash killed all 224 people on board.

Vladimir Putin

Islamic State funding comes from 40 countries, including G20 – President Putin

The Russian President says the fight against Islamic State is a greater priority than political reform in Syria.

EXCLUSIVE: Many more people killed in Nigeria despite unprecedented N1.48trillion arms spending

The number of deaths caused by insurgency and violence increased as more money was spent on armament.

Britain foiled seven planned attacks in six months – Cameron

Cameron says British government would review its security following Paris attacks

10 killed in fighting between Somali soldiers in Mogadishu

Thousands of IDPs are living in the Mogadishu area after fleeing the Islamist group al-Shabaab, droughts or recent flooding.

Paris Attacks: G20 leaders vow action, warns against associating terrorism with religion

The G20 is predominantly an economic forum, set up in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Islamic State funding comes from 40 countries, including G20 – President Putin

The Russian President says the fight against Islamic State is a greater priority than political reform in Syria.

Attacks on Paris ‘despicable’ – UN Scribe, Ban

Mr. Ban wants perpetrators brought to justice.

Paris terror attack an act of war by ISIS – French President Hollande

The Islamic state has also released a video saying France would not have peace as long as the bombing of its territories continues.

Scores killed in Paris in co-ordinated gun, bomb attacks across city

President Francois Hollande says the attackers would be fought “without mercy”.

US reasonably certain drone strike killed Jihadi John

American officials say they still await confirmation, though.

Egypt to send voice recording of crashed plane abroad for analysis

Suspicious sound was heard in the last seven seconds of recording

Journalist shot dead in Brazil

CPJ has documented a sharp increase in lethal, anti-press violence in Brazil in recent years.

Niger police seize bomb-making materials in passenger bus

In a separate operation, police arrested six bandits and impounded three vehicles as well as firearms, a rocket and military uniforms.

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi President

Rwandan President warns of genocide in neighbouring Burundi

Mr. Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel leader, became Burundi’s first democratically elected president after its civil war.

Seven dead, 10 missing in mudslide in southern Brazil

Report says the incident saw more than 50 residents injured.

South Africa faces US sanction over farm export impasse

US plans to revoke duty-free status for South African agricultural goods in 60 days to help other African exporters

Tanzania’s new president takes oath of office

Tanzanians in high spirit defy heavy downpour to witness the inauguration.

No power blackouts in South Africa until April 2016 – Eskom CEO

Eskom was earlier this year forced to implement power cuts known locally as “load shedding”.