Hassan Sheikh Mohamud became the first president of Somalia to attend an African Union Summit yesterday. Mohamud was elected president 4 months ago.
The French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, says French and Malian troops are advancing north towards Timbuktu as the operation against Islamist militants enters its 17th day.
RFI has been told the trial of Chad’s former dictator,Hissene Habré, will start this year, possibly as soon as April.
The African Union is trying to defuse hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan.
Nato says it has not been asked to assist a military alliance in Mali. This after Benin President Boni Yayi, who is at present head of the African Union, urged Nato to step in.
The President of the Central African Republic, François Bozizé, is on his way to Gabon for talks with the Seleka rebel coalition.
Rebels in the Central African Republic have repeated their demands that any peace deal must include President François Bozizé stepping down.
Despite the optimism and hopes of a fresh start, French newspapers remind us that 2013 will be another year of challenges and tough decisions for the country and President François ...
The French newspapers are practically all on holiday this morning.
Sudan and South Sudan have until 5 December, a deadline set by the African Union, to resolve the final status of the flashpoint region of Abyei.