AFP Africa News Agenda

What's happening in Africa on Friday:

+ France pushes elections in Mali

+ Central Africa Republic looks to transition

+ Mandela's health said to be improving

BAMAKO: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius travels to Mali for talks with leaders on holding elections in July despite ongoing instability in the north. Picture. Video. (MALI-CONFLICT-FRANCE)

JOHANNESBURG: Following Nelson Mandela, whose health is said to be improving after a new pneumonia infection as he enters his second week in hospital. Picture. Video. Graphic. (SAFRICA-POLITICS-HEALTH-MANDELA)

BANGUI: Followup in the Central African Republic where rebels who ousted Francois Bozize are to uphold a regional plan for elections within 18 months and appoint an interim leader. (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)


LUSAKA: Zambian ex-president Rupiah Banda returns to court after his lawyers challenged the prosecution's move to put him on trial for abuse of power over a Nigerian oil deal. (ZAMBIA-POLITICS-TRIAL-CORRUPTION)

KHARTOUM: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continues visit, meeting local party leaders, the Egyptian community, and holding Friday prayers before presser and departure at 1300 GMT. (SUDAN-EGYPT-DIPLOMACY)

-- Following after the first UN food aid is allowed into war-torn Blue Nile state in what WFP calls a "major breakthrough" after tight restrictions (SUDAN-UNREST-AID-UN-BLUENILE)