Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi announced during a trip to Vatican City that the Pope planned on visiting the southern African country next year, to which the Pope replied: "if I am still alive"
The EU is proposing a total of 40bn euros ($46bn; £35bn) in grants over the seven years from 2021.
The missing funds were allegedly stolen in a scheme involving senior government officials and ghost suppliers.
Ethiopians and Eritreans have been celebrating the reopening of two key crossing points more than 20 years after a border war shut them.
Diplomats, government officials, traditional leaders and other dignitaries will also pay their last respects.
Lawmakers in Tanzania have been banned by Speaker Job Ndugai from entering parliament with fake nails and eye lashes.
IS has an affiliate in Nigeria - the Islamic State's West Africa Province (Iswap), which is a faction within the Boko Haram group.
The C.I.A. is poised to conduct secret drone strikes against Qaeda and Islamic State insurgents from a newly expanded air base deep in the Sahara.
Security forces clashed with the armed men at the landmark building in the centre of the city, and blasts and gunfire could be heard
Residents of several parts of Abuja have been thrown into panic, following the occurrence of earth tremors.
Police in Italy have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in an incident last month in which a group of young African migrants were beaten and racially abused.
A report into the levels of physical inactivity across the globe has found that Uganda is the world's most active nation.
Death of Sperius Eradius has led to demands for review of corporal punishment in schools, where violence is widespread.
There is increased tension in the country, especially after the authorities barred two prominent opposition politicians from running.
Opposition figure arrives in US for treatment after initially being detained and prevented from leaving.
Islamist militants have killed up to 30 soldiers in an attack on a military base in north-east Nigeria in one of the biggest attacks of its kind this year.