Then US senator Barack Obama   greets his grandmother Sarah Obama, at her rural home in Siaya, Kisumu,  Kenya, 365km from Nairobi,  on August 26th,  2006.  Mr Obama is to pay his first visit to Kenya this summer since he was elected president of the United States. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

For years, Kenya has been a political headache for US president Barack Obama and a geopolitical headache for his country. But now in his seventh year (...)

Supporters of   Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) party celebrate in Kano on March 31st, 2015. Nigeria’s opposition APC declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Mr Buhari and said Africa’s most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

With anger swelling over corruption, inequality and the devastating Boko Haram insurgency in the nation’s north, Nigerians have chosen a former gener(...)

All Progressives Congress (APC) party supporters sit on the floor during a march towards the Independent National Electoral Commission Office in Port Harcourt calling for the cancellation of the presidential elections in the Rivers State. Some 2,000 women protesting against the conduct of elections in Nigeria’s Rivers state were teargassed on Monday as they tried to register their complaints with electoral officials. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and his rival Muhammadu Buhari were running neck and neck on Monday after the first phase of results in an eagerl(...)

On the moo-ve: after more than three decades, the milk quota regime is being abolished. Photograph: AFP/George Gobet

Dairy farmers are going to be partying like it’s the early 1980s tomorrow night because, after more than three decades, the milk quota regime is being(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Photograph: Uri Lenz/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran confirms all Israel’s fears and exceeds them.“Even as me(...)

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Lagos during presidential elections on Sunday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Confusion and violence blighted Nigeria’s tensest presidential election since the end of army rule, with the opposition rejecting results from a turbu(...)

Women wait in line outside a polling station in Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara in Daura in Katsina State. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria‘s electoral commission said on Saturday it would extend voting into an extra day in polling stations that had technical issues with biometric (...)

Dutch Supertrawler ‘Annelies Ilena’. It was among a fleet of Dutch vessels working some 100 nautical miles northwest of Tory Island when approached by a joint Naval Service/Sea Fisheries Protection Agency patrol on November 22nd, 2013.

The 922nd boarding by a Naval Service fishery patrol in 2013 could have been a routine affair, but for the vessel’s size and history.The 144-metre Dut(...)

Corporal Anna Cross (25), during a press conference at London’s Royal Free Hospital.  Ms Cross has been discharged from the hospital after being declared free from Ebola. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

British military healthcare worker Anna Cross (25), who became infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been declared free of the virus (...)

Kanayo Nwanze, president of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, said it was only when Ebola crossed the African deserts into Europe and crossed the ocean into the United States that “the world began to tremble”. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The cost of dealing with the Ebola outbreak was nearly three times what it would have cost to build a universal health service in the three affected c(...)