South Sudanese rapper Lual D’Awol: “I’m not a politician but I’m talking about the government. Things are not moving as swiftly as we would like.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As he drives around the streets of South Sudan’s ramshackle capital, Lual D’Awol performs the rap song that has made him famous – and not a little con(...)

Former vice-president of South Sudan Riek Machar at his home in Juba in November. ‘We are going through a very unpredictable period, the most unpredictable since independence,’ he says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

After days of fighting between rival factions in South Sudan’s army, the world’s youngest state finds itself at its most dangerous juncture since decl(...)

South Africans have gathered outside the house of  Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg to sign a board of condolence. Photograph: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

The South African president has announced plans for the State funeral of former president Nelson Mandela who died in his Johannesburg home last night (...)

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni (left) is welcomed by his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, at a meeting of leaders from the Southern African Development Community in Pretoria this week. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

For many Ugandans, Yoweri Museveni is the president who brought democracy to a country reeling after decades of dictatorship and went on to steer it t(...)

Suspected al-Shabaab militants being rounded up earlier this year during an operation against the fundamentalist group in Mogadishu. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

The poster, designed by popular Somali cartoonist Amin Amir, is striking: it shows a militant, his face obscured by a scarf and a gun strapped to his (...)

Life in Mogadishu: children play on an abandoned truck in front of the destroyed former parliament building. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

‘Welcome to Somalia” reads the sign, in Somali and English, greeting travellers as they walk out of Mogadishu’s ramshackle airport. On a wall nearby i(...)

Gustav Klimt’s painting The Kiss superimposed on a building in Syria in a work by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam.

Earlier this year a striking image of Gustav Klimt’s painting The Kiss superimposed on a building in Syria gouged by mortar shells and bullets went vi(...)

From the early days of the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the residents of Kafranbel, a small town in northwestern Syria, have car(...)

Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan places his hand on his forehead as he addresses a news conference after his release and arrival at the headquarters of the Prime Minister’s Office in Tripoli yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The grainy images of Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan, looking dishevelled and dazed as he was bundled out of his Tripoli residence at dawn by gunmen (...)

Senior al-Qaeda figure Anas al-Liby was indicted by the US for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in East Africa – one of which was the Nairobi building (above). Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

It was something of an open secret in certain Tripoli circles that Abu Anas al-Libi, the man wanted by the US in relation to the 1998 bombings of Amer(...)