US President Donald Trump has agreed to assist Nigeria in its fight against Islamic terrorism, a spokesman for Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter following a call between the two leaders Monday.
South Sudan's transitional government on Sunday accepted the deployment of an additional 4,000 UN peacekeepers following three days of negotiations with diplomats from the United Nations over the security situation in the east African country.
The murder rate in South Africa, which has one of Africa's highest crime rates, has increased by 20 per cent over the past four years, according to the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS).
South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority is seeking permission to appeal the six-year prison sentence handed to athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, describing it as "shockingly too lenient."
Niger's presidential election passed without incident on Sunday with President Mahamadou Issoufou saying the country, which is fighting Islamist insurgents on multiple fronts, will need peace and security before it can develop its economy.
UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) raped or sexually exploited at least eight women and girls between October and December 2015, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.