The Diplomat has an interesting piece on how unrest in Burkina Faso might affect Asian partners in the cotton trade with Africa.
Tensions continue in Abyei, a border area between North and South Sudan:
Artillery fire broke out in Sudan’s contested Abyei region on Friday, the United Nations said, hours after the north accused the south of ambushing a convoy in the border area.
In other Sudan news, despite outcry over the recent gubernatorial elections in Southern Kordofan State, observers say the vote was “credible.”
Sahelian governments have met yet again with Algeria to discuss counterterrorism against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Algeria now plans to host an international summit on the issue:
[The Sahelian governments] agreed to ask Algeria to invite Western nations, principally the US and EU states, to a conference to discuss the issues.
“The challenges we face requires more focused planning and effective co-ordination,” said Algeria’s delegate Abdel Kader Messahel.
“It falls on us to evaluate dangerous developments and the new dimensions the terrorist threat is taking.”
Mr Messahel told the BBC the talks would help the states reinforce their capacities, and share logistics and information.
Khalid Lum analyzes youth protests in Mauritania.
Let us know in the comments what news you’re hearing from/in Africa.