• Côte d’Ivoire’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo’s trial for crimes against humanity begins, but rights groups won’t participate.
• Uganda cuts military and police ties with North Korea, depriving it of a base for arms and other exports in Africa.
• A special AU-backed court in Senegal sentences former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to life in prison for war crimes.
• Nigeria’s police chief orders members of a Biafran secessionist group accused of involvement in violent protests to disarm.
• Over 800 migrants are feared drowned in a series of shipwrecks off the coast of Libya.
• The head of Egypt’s journalists union is charged with spreading false news and harbouring wanted journalists.
• French president François Hollande insists that controversial labour reform will not be withdrawn in spite of nationwide strikes.
• Turkey labels the pacifist movement of Fethullah Gulen a terrorist group and says it is trying to topple the government.
• A second minister in Brazil’s government resigns after a recording that appears to show him trying to derail a corruption investigation is published.
• LATAM and Lufthansa suspend flights to Venezuela, citing tough macroeconomic conditions.
• Volkswagen’s profit tumbles 20% in the first three months of 2016 as it continues to grapple with a diesel emissions scandal.
• Chinese president Xi Jinping commits to better relations with the Philippines after a spat over the South China Sea.