KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir formally reopened talks with rebel and opposition groups on Saturday but only one significant opposition party showed up, and he urged them to halt a boycott on dialogue in return for a ceasefire.
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is under investigation over allegations of bribery and money laundering, has breast cancer and will undergo surgery in Britain, her lawyer said on Saturday.
DAKAR (Reuters) - Poachers in Democratic Republic of Congo killed three park rangers and an army officer this week as authorities seek to re-exert control over a national park, a conservation group said on Friday.
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Around 50 unidentified gunmen attacked a Burkina Faso gendarmerie brigade near the country's western border with Mali on Friday, killing three in an attack the government blamed on the leaders of a failed coup last month.
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Two people were killed and at least 33 were wounded in Guinea on Friday in clashes between supporters of President Alpha Conde and his main rival before Sunday's election, witnesses and a senior police source said.