Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, said many soldiers from Mali fought in Libya and returned home once Gaddafi died.
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Former US Commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal says al-Qaeda's "brand" must be defeated, in a discussion of his memoir with the BBC's Katty Kay.
An Algerian military raid to free hostages at a desert gas plant is over, Algeria's state news agency says, with a number of people reported killed in the operation.
Zimbabwe's rival political leaders say they have reached a deal over a new constitution, removing a key obstacle to holding elections.
Morocco midfielder Mehdi Namli is ruled out of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa due to injury.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, appears on trial in western Libya on charges of threatening national security.
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An Algerian military operation is under way at a gas facility in eastern Algeria where hostages are being held, the British Foreign Office says.
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A number of hostages, both Algerian and foreign, escape Islamist militants who took them captive in eastern Algeria, media and officials say.
The mood appears upbeat among Nigerian soldiers preparing to cross the border into Mali in west Africa.
Somali Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed French intelligence agent Denis Allex in retaliation for a failed French operation to free him.
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Ethiopia were one of the founders of the Africa Cup of Nations and now, 31 years after their last appearance, they are hoping for glory.
Security forces in eastern Algeria surround a gas facility occupied by militants who have killed two people and seized some 20 foreign workers.
Nearly 200 Nigerian troops are due to join French forces fighting Islamist militants in Mali, where the first major ground operation has begun.
At least 20 foreigners - including US, French, British, Norwegian and Japanese citizens - are being held hostage by Islamist militants at a gas facility in Algeria.