President Robert Mugabe and a longtime opposition leader-turned-finance minister made an unusual joint appeal Thursday for $5 billion (€3.66 billion) in international aid to revive Zimbabwe's shattered economy.
Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders on Thursday that true religion rejects violence, and he held up peaceful coexistence between Christianity and Islam in Cameroon as "a beacon to other African nations."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will embark on a wide-ranging African tour next week in a bid to shore up Congo's struggling peacekeeping mission, show support for victims of war in Congo and Rwanda and press for progress on climate change.
Zimbabwe tried to combat the world's highest inflation by widening the use of foreign currency Wednesday, the first act of a coalition government that gave the longtime opposition control of much economic policy.
European and Asian markets rose modestly Thursday following the previous session's gains on Wall Street but optimism remained very thin on the ground despite policy measures by governments around the world.