Comment: Guterres will be in a better position to give fresh impetus to the UN political process aimed at finding a political solution to the Sahara conflict, writes Samir Bennis
Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh looks set to remain in power beyond his Thursday deadline despite an offer from Morocco for sanctuary.
Sole candidate Habib el-Malki, a leftist economist who has held several ministerial posts, mustered 198 votes in the 395-seat house, in a plenary session broadcast live online.
Arab football received a massive boost this week, as FIFA announced that the World Cup could be expanded to 48 teams giving countries in the region new hopes of competing.
Morocco struggled to find the net against unlikely winners DR Congo, in a disappointing match for the North African side, which still showed some promise.
Two Chinese men of Uighur origin have been arrested over the mass shooting at Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve, which left 39 people dead.
Five people, including two women, were arrested in separate raids across Europe for their connections to the militant Islamic State group, authorities said on Friday.
Many in Algeria and elsewhere across North Africa took to social media to celebrate the beginning of the year 2967 in the Amazigh calendar.
In-depth: A guide to the Arab nations taking part in this year's AFCON.
Comment: A Syrian refugee once ushered in a golden age for Europe, and with a supportive policy framework, today's refugees can invigorate European economies, writes Anisa Abeytia.