Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi - (Reuters)

The U.S. State Department apologized on Tuesday for dismissive comments its spokesman made about Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's call for "jihad," often translated as "armed struggle," against Switzerland.

Rioters armed with machetes slaughtered more than 200 people overnight Sunday as religious violence flared anew between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria, witnesses said. Hundreds of people fled their homes, fearing reprisal attacks.

Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai (Photo: Harry Wad)

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Sunday Zimbabwe should invite international observers and a peacekeeping force to ensure that its next national election is free and fair.

Tsvangirai formed a coalition government with President Robert Mugabe a year ago to end a political and economic crisis, but analysts say mutual suspicion and strategic positioning are delaying democratic reforms meant to clear the way for a poll next year.

Nigeria Acting President Goodluck Jonathan. (Reuters)

Nigeria's acting leader must move quickly and decisively to maintain calm in the oil-producing Niger Delta, fight corruption and organise transparent elections now he has full authority, a top advisor said on Thursday.

Fears of a debilitating power struggle sprang up last week in Africa's most populous nation, a major oil exporter, when ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua returned unexpectedly from three months in a Saudi hospital still too frail to rule.

Gebremedhin Araya (L) says he posed as a merchant, but was in fact a rebel. (BBC)Millions of dollars in Western aid for victims of the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85 was siphoned off by rebels to buy weapons, a BBC investigation finds.

Former rebel leaders told the BBC that they posed as merchants in meetings with charity workers to get aid money.

Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and his wife Agathe during a 1977 visit to the Elysee Palace in Paris. French authorities have arrested Agathe after Rwanda accused her of helping to plan the country's 1994 genocide. (AFP/File/STF)

French authorities on Tuesday briefly detained the widow of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, who is being sought by Rwanda on charges related to the nation's 1994 genocide, officials said.

Agathe Habyarimana was taken into custody at her home in Courcouronnes, south of Paris, on a Rwandan warrant, said a judicial official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and could not be named.

An Ethiopian opposition candidate was stabbed to death by six unidentified men in an attack described by government opponents as part of an intimidation campaign by the ruling party ahead of elections in May.

The head was part of a gigantic statue with its hands crossed over its chest. (AP)

A colossal red granite head of one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs has been unearthed in the southern city of Luxor, officials said.

The 3,000-year-old head of Amenhotep III - grandfather of Tutankhamun - was dug out of the ruins of the pharaoh's mortuary temple.

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