The decision came in response to a case filed by opposition candidate Jean Ping and follows weeks of opposition demonstrations and international pressure
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.
Angola is in the grips of a health crisis, with malaria deaths surging and a yellow fever epidemic also spreading — and being carried by travelers to countries as far away as China.
Eyewitness accounts charge that government forces dropped upwards of 30 bombs in the country's southeast, destroying schools, churches, and medical facilities, according to Amnesty International.
Two weeks after a disputed election, police clashed with unidentified gunmen and youth opposition members set two state buildings on fire in Brazzaville.
Sassou Nguesso's political opposition has accused him of cheating for reelection, insisting that independent counts showed that he did not secure the 60 percent of the vote that the official count awarded him.
Whistling is one of the strategies activists use to protest safely, according to one protest organizer, who says that there isn't any way to protest the government or president "without being beaten or fired on by the police."
Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was paralyzed by a strike urging president Joseph Kabila to end his rule after 15 years in power.
A day after armed men waged a series of attacks on military bases in Burundi, the army said least 90 people were killed in Bujumbura.
Tomorrow marks the 35th anniversary of the French-organized military coup that ousted the cannibalistic self-proclaimed Emperor of the Central African Republic, Jean-Bédel Bokassa.
Ebola has killed over 1,400 people in West Africa. There now appears to be a separate outbreak of the disease in the DRC.