A leading South African university says it will make Zulu language classes compulsory for all first-year students from next year.
French President Francois Hollande and Malian President Dioncounda Traore met in Paris today to discuss plans to stabilise Mali.
Bangladesh reopened more than 300 garment factories today ending a three-day forced closure.
In his first major speech on the financial crisis, Pope Francis has called on world leaders to end the "cult of money" and to do more for the poor.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday held crisis talks with his defence and interior ministers over the kidnapping of policemen and soldiers in Sinai, as negotiations were underway to secure their release.
Military officials say that Nigeria's army has begun operations against militant Islamists in the north-east.