Diezani Alison-Madueke is the first female minister of petroleum resources whose term was marred by corruption allegations
This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world
The landmark decision will serve as a blueprint for future cooperation between countries and the International Criminal Court, experts say
Netizens on social media point out that the theme, complete with the revelation at the end, is similar to a South African tourism ad
Daniel is set to star in 'Escape From Pretoria,' a film based on Tim Jenkin's account of his escape from the notorious Pretoria Maximum Security Prison
If the 2 countries fail to act on it, the EU 'will not hesitate' to impose sanctions, says EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos
The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo
(UPDATED) Zuma's recent sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan unleashes public anger over government corruption scandals, record unemployment and slowing economic growth
(UPDATED) The late-night move has caused the rand to drop as low as 13.5 to the dollar, down from 12.8, as investors reacted to concerns that Zuma has secured a free hand over government finances
Vice President Leni Robredo, together with other Liberal Party lawmakers, will meet with the South African parliament in a roundtable discussion on corruption
In a fiery eulogy, former president Kgalema Motlanthe says Kathrada was 'deeply disturbed by the current post-apartheid failure of politics'
Zuma will not attend the funeral of celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who in recent years had become fiercely critical of the government
The report obtained by Agence France-Presse calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan – a measure that has been backed by the United States but was rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December
Notice of Pretoria's decision to end the withdrawal process was posted on the UN's treaty website this week, although it does not necessarily spell the end of its bid to leave the Hague-based court
State security minister David Mahlobo says the planned measures would also go after misleading photoshopped images
Court: 'The cabinet decision to deliver the notice of withdrawal... without prior parliamentary approval is unconstitutional and invalid'
The brawl erupts during the State of the Nation Address of South African President Jacob Zuma
'One person has died from a mental health-related illness. None of the 93 (others) have died from a mental illness,' health ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba tells local media as the report was released.
The attack was planned for the France-Africa summit on January 13 and 14, but stringent security measures forced the suspects to delay their plans
'The terrorists who attack our land, who commit acts on our soil, are allied with those who are in the Levant, in Iraq and Syria, but here as well, in the Sahel,' says French President Francois Hollande
Zuma has been weakened by corruption scandals, but his supporters were taken by surprise at an attempt to oust him at a weekend meeting of the African National Congress's executive committee
The investigation probed accusations that President Jacob Zuma allowed the Guptas, a wealthy Indian business family, to have undue influence over government, including letting them choose some cabinet ministers
(UPDATED) Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang says the International Criminal Court 'is in fact an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of color'
The UN recalls that South Africa was among the first signatories of the treaty and stresses that the ICC is 'central to global efforts to end impunity and prevent conflict'
The ICC, set up in 2002, is often accused of bias against Africa
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party looks set for worsening strife as its divided leadership struggles with falling popular support, a weakening economy and violent student protests
Chinese President Xi Jinping says 'deep-seated imbalances that triggered the  financial crisis' are far from being resolved
Commentators have raised doubts about the bloc's clout given its economic problems
Despite 12,000 UN peacekeepers and a few hundred remaining French troops, tensions are high and tens of thousands of people are still displaced and in need of aid in the Central African Republic
Violent clashes with police have erupted regularly on campuses across the country in recent months, and several universities have been closed to avoid further unrest
While the negotiations at times exposed bitter divisions, campaigners hail increased protection for hundreds of plant and animal species
Delegates at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg vote 95 to 35 to enforce the ban and protect the prized parrots
Student protests in South Africa spread, with police firing rubber bullets at demonstrators on campuses in Johannesburg and Grahamstown as unrest over tuition fees roils universities across the country
Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa, with just around 415,000 elephants left
(4th UPDATE) 'Oh tyrants, I'm in a happy state, in good health and in safety,' says Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a YouTube video
Over the next 12 days thousands of conservationists and top government officials are due to thrash out international trade regulations aimed at protecting different species
(3rd UPDATE) The court, while partially changing the results of the close August 27 vote, says President Ali Bongo maintained a lead over his former ally-turned-opponent Jean Ping
3 studies present data from more than 280 diverse populations around the world, but did not quite agree on what it all means
Geena and Tracey Africa Norman, who share the cover with 7 other faces, are the first transgender models on the over of 'Harper's Bazaar'
(UPDATED) The case of this married woman, who is in her 40s, is the first confirmed local transmission in the Philippines this year. Doctors have been dispatched to Iloilo to look for other cases.
Experts say electoral fraud in Africa is becoming harder, thanks to civil society vigilance and spread of mobile technology
Sporadic cases of Zika have previously been reported in Africa and Asia, but nobody knows whether they were widespread enough for populations to acquire resistance to the virus
UN Development Fund director Helen Clark says African countries are 'not harnessing the full potential of women'
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will use the opportunity to meet with dozens of leaders from across Africa, among them Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa's Jacob Zuma
(UPDATED) Judge Thokozile Masipa says in the High Court in Johannesburg that she was not persuaded there was a 'reasonable prospect of success on appeal'
Liberal center-right Democratic Alliance (DA) and the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) vow to prevent the ruling ANC from taking control of the capital Pretoria and business hub Johannesburg
'There has been no justice that has taken place for those who died in Marikana'
(UPDATED) The 11-minute video shows girls with veils sitting on the ground and standing in the background