Mugabe warns estranged deputy at key party meeting

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe sought Thursday to shut down a bubbling succession battle at a key party congress, warning that his embattled deputy and onetime heir apparent could face criminal charges. Dec 5, 2014

Russia is _strategic problem_ for EU: Juncker

Russia is now a _strategic problem_ for the EU amid the crisis in Ukraine but Brussels will work to make Moscow a partner again, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday. Dec 5, 2014

Algeria PM vows _no concessions_ towards _terrorists

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal says his country will never make concessions when dealing with _terrorists_, after meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls during a trip to Paris. Dec 5, 2014

Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram violence seek aid

In north eastern Nigeria, thousands have fled their homes for fear of being attacked by Islamist group Boko Haram. In Yola, in Adamawa state, NGOs and charities are doing all they can to help the displaced. Dec 4, 2014

Vatican puts up its traditional Christmas tree

Installation of the traditional Christmas tree at St Peter_s square on December 4, 2014 at the Vatican. The tree, that was cut in Calbria southern Italy, is 25,5 metres tall, weights 8 tons and is estimated to be 70-year-old. Dec 4, 2014