UN Security Council gives green light for intervention force in Mali+++Renewed ethnic clashes in Kenya's Tana River Delta region leaves more than 30 dead+++Help for Zimbabwe's agricultural sector
Germany is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a member of the United Nations, a partnership often seen as a success. But Germany's image at the UN has suffered in recent years.
Mali's second round parliamentary election has ended with low voter turnout possibly due to attacks earlier in the week. Jihadists claimed responsibility for the killings in Kidal of two UN peacekeepers from Senegal.
Germany wants to increase its involvement in Africa, possibly also militarily. There are various motives for this but so far no concrete strategy. Within Germany the deployment of troops abroad is a controversial issue.