At 3.3 million years old, tools found in Kenya are half-a-million years older than homo sapiens.
Zambia has lifted the ban on the hunting of leopards and will allow lion hunting next year.
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appealed for ethnic harmony, addressing fears that weeks of political unrest could trigger another bout of bloodletting.
Businessman is accused of hiring men to kidnap and kill his wife.
Human rights groups had called for a retrial for the six men after the death sentence was upheld on March 24.
Cairo judge accused of plunging his country back into the ways of "ancient Egypt", after seeing death for ex-president.
Mohamed Mursi has been sentenced to death for his role in a mass prison break.
Boko Haram fighters seized back the border town of Marte in northeastern Nigeria and attacked outlying villages.
The head of Burundi's army says an attempted coup has failed.
Gambia's president sounded a dire warning to homosexuals living in his country.
With their roots in South Africa's apartheid-era security forces, they do not fit the image of an army of liberation.
"Boko Haram wives," the girls were called, because they had been briefly held by Nigeria's Islamic extremists.
Slightly more than 13 months since Liberia's first case of Ebola, the West African nation is free of the deadly disease.
A routine airport scan revealed the desperate measures some migrants take to reach Europe.
Captain Kidd's secret is solved, says treasure hunter who struck silver.
Protesters burned a man alive in Burundi's capital, saying he was a member of the ruling party's youth wing.
Over the past week, the Nigerian military claims to have freed more than 700 people from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
A memorial service was held on May 3 to honour the nearly 30 Ethiopians killed by terrorist group ISIS in Libya.
Nearly 3,700 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya.
Boko Haram fighters killed men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease.
Nigerian military reportedly rescues 160 women and children held captive by Boko Haram.
Niger islands evacuated following a deadly attack there by Boko Haram militants.
Nearly 300 girls and women rescued from Boko Haram by Nigeria's army.
At least one person was killed and more than 200 were injured after two commuter trains collided in a suburb of Johannesburg.
OPINION: Hope is dwindling for the 219 missing girls' safe return. May they never be forgotten.
For members of a South African tribe who undergo a risky traditional circumcision, this procedure is a lifesaver.
Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became Egypt's first freely elected president.
Ethanol poisoning from a locally-brewed gin may have been responsible for the sudden death of 18 people.
The SIS has 'talked down' would-be Kiwi Jihadis after their families got in touch, Key says.
As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast as rescuers approached.