• An Angolan court says 17 activists jailed for a “rebellion” against President Jose dos Santos must be conditionally released.
• Hundreds march in Kenya to protest against the killing by police of a human rights lawyer, his client and their driver.
• Violence erupts in South Sudan, causing 70,000 people to be displaced, as faith in its shaky peace deal flounders.
• Four aides to former Côte d’Ivoire leader Laurent Gbagbo return home from exile in Ghana five years after Gbagbo was ousted over a disputed election.
• Zimbabwean police break up a protest by minibus drivers objecting to harassment.
• Namibia cuts ties with two North Korean companies to comply with UN sanctions.
• Share prices of Italian banks plunge after fears about bad debts, as the government explores ways to boost their liquidity.
• Colombia’s Farc says the group will stop charging businesses a “revolutionary tax” as a peace deal appears close.
• Russia will exhaust one of two sovereign funds next year to fill holes in its budget left by a slump in oil prices.
• China offers to start negotiations with the Philippines over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, as long as it ignores an arbitration ruling expected next week.
• A study says the US holds more oil reserves (and undiscovered deposits) than large exporters Saudi Arabia and Russia.
• Australia’s prime minister accepts the blame for election results that threaten to leave Australia with a hung parliament.