France has been living under a a state of emergency for nearly two years. The president now wants to make some of its most controversial elements permanent law.
Zambia's president is securing powers to consolidate his political control while generating 'plausible deniability' to whether or not he has fatally undermined democracy.
More than 788 health facilities have been destroyed in parts of North-Eastern Nigeria captured by Boko Haram insurgents, crippling health services in the area.
Emergency laws can sometimes be the biggest threat to a state and its people.