CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have claimed a car bomb attack on the Mellitah oil and gas firm, co-owned by Italy's ENI, in the Libyan capital on Monday, a statement on social media said on Tuesday.
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Two Malian soldiers were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint on the outskirts of Timbuktu, military sources said, fuelling concern at simmering violence following a breakdown in a peace accord.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an "old friend" on Tuesday, as China's foreign ministry defended his invite to a military parade to mark the end of World War Two.
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday to a charge of illegally possessing weapons including assault rifles and bulletproof vehicles.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants attacked an African Union (AU) base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday, the Islamist group and residents said, with unconfirmed reports that dozens of AU soldiers were killed.