AFP Africa News Agenda

What's happening in Africa on Thursday:

+ Funeral for Tunisia vendor who set himself ablaze

+ France presses on with Mali campaign

+ New Mandela project unveiled

SOUK JEMAA, Tunisia: Funeral for a street vendor who died after setting himself on fire in a desperate protest over the economy as Tunisia's new Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh starts his first day on the job. Picture. Video. (TUNISIA-POLITICS)

GAO/BAMAKO: French soldiers engaged in northern Mali continue their operations north of the Ifoghas mountains to flush out Islamist fighters near the Algerian border. Picture. Video. (MALI-CONFLICT-FRANCE-QAEDA)

CAPE TOWN: Nelson Mandela's former apartheid prison, the Robben Island Museum announces a new project known as Mandela 27, focusing on the role of culture in bringing about all-race democracy. From 1100 GMT. (SAFRICA-PEOPLE-CULTURE-MANDELA)


NAIROBI: Kenya's defeated presidential hopeful Raila Odinga prepares a legal challenge to results that named his rival Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's new president elect, after a vote marred by allegations of rigging. (KENYA-VOTE)

DAKAR/ABIDJAN: Lebanese President Michel Sleiman concludes visit to Senegal before heading for a 48-hour trip to Ivory Coast, which has a large Lebanese community. He will meet the head of state Alassane Ouattara and participate in the Lebanese-Ivorian economic forum. Picture. Video. (ICOAST-SENEGAL-LEBANON-ECONOMY-DIPLOMACY)

LOME: Togolese journalists to protest at the presidency over a new law allowing a government agency to sanction media houses without going through the courts. (TOGO-POLITICS-MEDIA)

KHARTOUM: Tracking developments as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accepts an invitation to visit South Sudan after the two countries agree to resume oil flows in an easing of tensions following border clashes. (SUDAN-SSUDAN-UNREST)

ALGIERS: IMF chief Christine Lagarde wraps up three-day visit to Algeria. (ALGERIA-ECONOMY-IMF)

HARARE: Moving an ADVANCER ahead of Zimbabwe's referendum on Saturday on a new constitution that for the first time sets a date for Robert Mugabe to end his term. (ZIMBABWE-VOTE)