The verdict caps a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring the former strongman to justice in Senegal, marking the first time that the former head of one African nation has been tried by a court in another country.
The Mali peacekeeping mission is an increasingly dangerous one, with 64 peacekeepers killed on active service since it began.
The UN and aid groups say three boats packed with people sank during the busiest week for migrant crossings from Libya to Europe so far this year.
A militant group called the Niger Delta Avengers, which has ordered companies to leave Nigeria's oil-rich region, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Kenya's military announced that its soldiers struck a group of al-Shabaab fighters near the Kenyan border in western Somalia, killing 21 militants.
The government in Nairobi has long threatened to close the doors of Dadaab refugee camp, home to more than 300,000 refugees mainly from neighboring Somalia.
One Egyptian expert says the size of human remains retrieved from the crashed flight suggest there was an explosion on board, but another said it was too early to say what brought the plane down.
By Anna Dubuis
The deaths came as opposition protesters called for the replacement of the country's election commission, which they say is biased.
Kenya has threatened it before, but this time it looks like it's serious — it is preparing to close a camp home to more than half a million refugees. Many face a dangerous repatriation to Somalia.
South Africa saw a drop in the number of rhinos killed in 2015, but a record number of the animals were slaughtered in Namibia and Zimbabwe, primarily to satisfy Asian demand for rhino horn.
France's air accident investigation agency says the missing jet sent a series of signals indicating that smoke had been detected on board before it crashed.
By Anna Dubuis
A recent video of police brutality during Kenyan protests over the country's Electoral Commission shocked the world — but experts say it's just a taste of what's to come if the issue isn't resolved.
By Kayla Ruble
The first case of yellow fever turned up in December in Angola's Luanda province, the country's most populous province and home to the capital city of the same name. The virus has since killed nearly 300 people.
If confirmed, the rescue of another Chibok abductee is wonderful news — though the group of missing schoolgirls represent just a fraction of the children kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Libya has a new, UN-backed government and two others fighting for control. That's making life impossible for Libyans, including a biker club that's got nowhere left to ride.
More than 20 nonprofit groups, most of which work explicitly with gay and transgender communities, are being blocked from participating in a major United Nations session on AIDS.
By Sally Hayden
The abduction of 276 schoolgirls in April 2014 prompted a global campaign, with #BringBackOurGirls being shared millions of times on social media.
A violent protest on Monday in Nairobi was the third such clash in the last three weeks, and a number of demonstrators were hospitalized with severe injuries.
By Anna Dubuis
An accusation against an officer earlier this year was going to be ignored until a concerned citizen took out a half-page national newspaper advert to bring attention to the crime.
By VICE News
Kenyan police disperse, beat, and arrest protesters who marched outside the electoral commission headquarters in Nairobi.