The ad-hoc committee African Union heads of state that was set up in February to determine whether Israel merited observer status has failed to elicit much enthusiasm.
From its heyday in the 1980s, Palestine's diplomatic presence in Africa - a 24-embassy strong network - has lost its lustre while Israel continues to gain ground. Wanting to counter Tel Aviv's push across the continent, Ramallah has taken steps to overhaul its strategy and build new networks.
Kinshasa's failed bid to win the post of executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community is not going down well in Congolese circles of power. Critics say President Tshisekedi had no strategic plan to bag the top job.
Even as support for the Polisario Front on the continent dwindles, there is still a small group of SADC countries that have taken Algeria's position against Morocco's presence in Western Sahara.
Since the position of African Union commissioner for peace and security was created in 2003, it has been held by an Algerian. But now there's near-unanimous agreement that the job, with expanded responsibilities, should go to another African powerhouse:
There is a battle raging behind the scenes within the UN's MINUSMA. The United States wants to place its candidate at the head of the peacekeeping mission while cutting personnel numbers - both measures Paris deems unacceptable.