Refugees from Darfur's bloody two-and-a-half-year conflict are urging rebel leaders to use an upcoming meeting to end their bickering and get on with the task of making peace with Sudan's Khartoum-based government.
28 October 2005 - Opheera McDoom
The situation in the western Sudanese region of Darfur is deteriorating sharply, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, has warned.
26 October 2005 - IRIN
Across Nigeria, the prejudice and denial surrounding HIV/AIDS are major obstacles in trying to stem the spread of the pandemic. But the predominantly Muslim North presents special challenges.
19 October 2005 - IRIN
A new report by the New York-based human rights watchdog highlights the impact of HIV/AIDS on schooling.
11 October 2005 - Plusnews
A school feeding programme has been launched with a view to attracting more children to school.
11 October 2005 - Toye Olori
The continued inefficiency in the judiciary is a major stumbling block to the smooth running of business in Kenya, though government officials are optimistic of a steady improvement.
6 October 2005 - Fred Oluoch
The IMF paints a grim picture of Zimbabwe, a fact that the government denies.
6 October 2005 - IRIN
In Southern Africa lives someone who has the closest match to the DNA of a man who walked the Earth 60 000 years ago - and Dr Spencer Wells is hoping to shake his hand one day.
4 October 2005 - Shaun Smillie
The recent elections in Ethiopia, though highly-disputed, resulted into major democratic gains in a country that is more familiar with dictatorship than democracy since 1930 when Emperor Haile Selassie assumed the throne.
22 September 2005 - Fred Oluoch
Nigeria has embarked on a process leading to the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the country.
22 September 2005 - Toye Olori
Save for the constitutional issues, the forthcoming referendum will be a mid-term verdict by various regions on the political and economic performance of president Mwai Kibaki's government.
21 September 2005 - Fred Oluoch
In December 2003, President Yoweri Museveni asked the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute abuses by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). But a new report released on September 20 by the Human Rights Watch group, the Uganda army has itself carried out serious crimes that demand prosecution.
21 September 2005 - Henry Neondo
Another generation of Angolan children faces a precarious future as failed harvests and the legacy of 27 years of civil war combine to undermine food security in the country, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Monday.
20 September 2005 - IRIN
HIV/AIDS has accounted for huge reversals in human development in Southern Africa, which could impact on the region meeting some of the UN's poverty-slashing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new report.
8 September 2005 - IRIN
Doing business in Zimbabwe has become even more difficult after South Africa's telecommunications parastatal, Telkom, pulled the plug on services to the neighbouring country for outstanding debts.
7 September 2005 - IRIN