A diplomat in the Malian capital Bamako said that the north of the country - which lies on the plane's likely flight path - was struck by a powerful sandstorm overnight.
More than 50 people have died so far in the violence that has deepened fears post-war Libya is slipping into lawlessness
The Brazzaville talks have involved dozens of members of armed groups, the transitional government and civil society members
Ban Ki-moon named Danish diplomat Ellen Margrethe Loj as his new special envoy to South Sudan and head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission
The bombs was reportedly targeting thousands of Muslims under the leadership of Sheik Dahiru Usman Bauchi, another one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari
Unidentified militants opened fire on MP Sada Ali's vehicle, leaving her dead.
Firefighters used foam spray to douse the flames at the fuel storage facility, bringing the blaze under control
Trafficked children in the region were typically sold either for use in voodoo practices or to crooked adoption agencies
A statement renewed calls for President Uhuru Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee Coalition to pull Kenyan troops out of Somalia.
The delegates headed for Kampala along with mediators from the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east Africa trade bloc, which has been active in the South Sudan peace talks for months.
Tuesday's attack followed two days of deadly fighting between army troops and members of the Ansar al-Sharia militia which left at least 30 people dead.
Moving into the area could represent Boko Haram's biggest strategic success since a military offensive dislodged it from several cities and towns in Borno state last year.
Seleka's head of delegation, General Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, told a session it was time to formalise the split after tens of thousands of Muslims had fled the south.
At least 47 people have died in the week-long Tripoli airport clashes, which involved artillery, Grad rockets and anti-aircraft guns, in some of the heaviest street fighting since the 2011 civil war.
Footage taken at the Egyptian presidential palace showed an official briefly raising a handheld metal-detecting wand to the lower part of Kerry's jacket before waving him through for the meeting
Police had earlier ordered a dawn-to-dusk curfew in the troubled Lamu county.
In relief agency feeding centres, mothers seeking medical help for skeletal children tell harrowing tales of life in the bush, where they could only scavenge for fruit or roots.
Rebel officials are due to hold talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who openly said in January his forces were supporting South Sudanese President Salva Kiir
Abdulkair Ibrahim, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Borno, said the agency had records of 15,204 people who had fled Damboa and the six villages
Militants linked to Ansar al-Sharia attacked an army camp and were repelled by troops and forces loyal to renegade retired general Khalifa Haftar
According to the hackers, more Kenyans have been killed in drug deals than by terrorists.