Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around Tripoli's largest airport.
Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African country of Mali.
Economic growth in Tunisia remained weak during the first quarter of 2014, weighed down in particular by the industrial sector.
Nigeria is fast developing a consuming class that is not only fueling its retail and service sector but its other local industries.
West Africa presents a mixed bag of risks for investors.