Egypt will hold presidential elections in late May. But one popular candidate who's a critic of the US, probably won't be on the ballot. Hazem Salah Abu Ismail has been disqualified because his mother held a US passport. Ursula Lindsey reports from Cairo.
Islamic militants are to blame for violence spreading across northern Nigeria. From the Abuja the BBC's Ahmed Idris tells anchor Katy Clark that although the fighters do not have broad popular support, they are well armed and financed.
South Sudan has been fighting over disputed territory with Sudan ever since the two split apart last July. The fighting has intensified in recent weeks: now, southern military forces are occupying an oil-rich town that was under northern control.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says Syria needs to fully cooperate with the preliminary accord which outlines the rules for the deployment of a UN observer mission to the country. But despite the truce, attacks are on the rise.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in South Africa today as part of her 11-day tour of the African continent. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Peter Fabricius, foreign editor of the Johannesburg Star.
Troops loyal to Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court, have taken two towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A BBC reporter in the area says thousands of people are fleeing the fierce fighting toward nearby Goma.