GOP leader Mitch McConnell called Mandela "one of the great statesmen of our time."
U.S. forces are standing at the ready to provide support for French and African troops battling rebel forces in the Central African Republic, according to the Pentagon's top military officer.
"We're in contact with our French counterparts" regarding the ongoing operation in Africa, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said Wednesday.
Mandela died in Johannesburg, current President Jacob Zuma announced there just before midnight on Friday.
The State Department is set to designate Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram as a terrorist entity following growing pressure from Congress, a key lawmaker told The Hill.
“Tomorrow's the hearing, and I think they're going to do it,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs panel on Africa. “So I'm glad.”
President Obama's envoy to central Africa on Wednesday praised the “exciting potential” of a newly created U.N. combat force that could transform peace-keeping missions around the world.
Administration officials will crush six tons of ivory next week as part of a show of force against illegal wildlife trafficking.
“I shouldn’t have to make these kind of threats," he said Sunday.
A dozen current and former members of Congress are defending part of the Wall Street reform law that they say is helping to stop violence in central Africa.
The situation in Sudan's western region of Darfur is again deteriorating, the State Department warned Tuesday following an attack that killed three Senegalese peace-keepers.
The attack by unidentified gunmen brings to 13 the number of peace-keepers with the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) killed this year. They come as the number of displaced people in Darfur has surged past 300,000 this year – more than the total over the past two years combined.
“The United States strongly condemns unlawful acts against UNAMID personnel and calls on the Sudanese government to immediately investigate these malicious attacks and hold the perpetrators to account,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Tuesday. “On behalf of the American people, we express our deep condolences to the Governments of Senegal and Zambia, and to the families of the victims.”
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons.