For the sixth year in a row, more than 1,000 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
The Mediterranean crossing remains the deadliest known migration route worldwide. People are four times more likely to die than last year, according to the International Organization for Migration, because there are fewer humanitarian rescue vessels at sea.
Most leave from Libya, where BBC international correspondent Orla Guerin met one family who were determined to keep trying the treacherous crossing.
Migrant mother's dying wish in Libya was to get her kids to Europe.
Posted at 6:03
France pledges military support to DRC
French President Macron (L) is hosting dozens of government leaders including President Tshisekedi (R) for the annual Paris Peace Forum
French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged military support to Democratic Republic of Congo to fight armed groups in the country's eastern region, news agency AFP reports.
"France is fully engaged at the side of DRC to fight armed groups which are destabilising the country", some of which are linked to the Islamic State group, Mr Macron is quoted telling DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi during a meeting in Paris.
The French president said the support would take on a "military dimension" and involve "intelligence" but did not give details.
Mr Tshisekedi is among 30 heads of state and government attending the second annual Paris Peace Forum.
He is quoted as saying he wants to see "France being much more present in Africa".
"When a friend is in difficulty, one helps," he added.
DR Congo recently launched an offensive in the eastern region of the country against militant groups operating there.
The fighters include Islamist group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The ADF was formed in 1996 by a puritanical Muslim sect in the Ruwenzori mountains of western Uganda.
It has formed alliances with some of the many armed groups based in the country's eastern region.
Posted at 5:12
Uganda condemns Rwanda for border killings
Uganda has protested to Rwanda after two suspected smugglers were shot dead by Rwandan soldiers near their common border.
A letter delivered to Rwanda's High Commissioner in Kampala describes the incident as murder and also mentions a Rwandan who was shot and injured on Ugandan soil.
It says the alleged crime of smuggling cannot justify what it called high-handed and criminal acts by Rwandan security personnel.
A local Rwandan mayor on Tuesday oversaw the handing over of the bodies to Ugandan police.
Tanzanian teens to test for HIV without parental consent
BBC News, Dar es Salaam
Self-test kits are also being launched for the first time
Tanzanian children aged 15 and over will soon be able to get tested for HIV without needing parental consent.
It is hoped that dropping the minimum age requirement from 18 to 15 will help reduce HIV rates among young people - who currently account for 40% of new infections.
Self-testing kits will also be available for the first time, which the health ministry hopes will encourage men who are often unwilling to visit dedicated health centres where counselling is given before the test.
"We have some challenges among men... because of fear and other reasons, but statistics also show that the youth are the ones getting new infections," Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile told parliament.
Officials say 1.4 million Tanzanians are known to be living with the virus.
The bill now awaits presidential assent, a formality which will see it brought into law.
Tanzania isn’t alone in implementing these changes - in Uganda self-testing kits are readily available and under-18s do not require parental consent.
Posted at 17:11 12 Nov
Cabinet reshuffle in Guinea as election date is set
Guinea's President Alpha Condé has replaced his security minister in a cabinet reshuffle that has also seen the fall of his health and justice ministers.
The reshuffle comes a day after parliamentary elections were slated for next February.
The elections are seen as crucial for President Condé's attempt to change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term.
Protests against the plan to change the constitution have resulted in several deaths blamed on security forces.
There have been weeks of widespread protests against President Alpha Condé
Posted at 16:57 12 Nov
News report names Kenyan man who fell from plane in London
A stowaway who fell from a plane into a London garden earlier this year has been named as Paul Manyasi by journalists who have been investigating the story.