A man helps a wounded child after heavily armed gunmen opened fire on March 13th at a hotel in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam. At least 18 people were killed when heavily-armed gunmen opened fire, leaving bodies strewn on the beach. Photograph: Sia-Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Only a few years after French troops broke up its desert stronghold and scattered its fighters into the dunes, al-Qaeda’s branch in West Africa has r(...)

Soldiers stand guard in front of the Étoile du Sud hotel in Bassam, Ivory Coast. Photograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

Fourteen civilians, including four Europeans, and two soldiers were killed in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand Bassam on Sunday when gunmen storm(...)

Vehicles on fire outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during a siege by Islamist gunmen. Photograph: Reuters

Security forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday a day after al-Qaeda fighters seized it in an assault that killed two dozen (...)

The scene of an attack on a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: AP Television

Armed men stormed a hotel in the west African city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, last night, taking hostages and burning vehicles in what appears to b(...)

Clockwise from top: Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; DRC president Joseph Kabila; and  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

The recent decision by Rwanda’s electorate to allow Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office – and Kagame’s confirmation last Friday that he will do(...)

Suzanne Phelan: “Find a friend or family member you can talk to. You’re not alone.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times
A Christmas like never before
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...after confronting depression Suzanne Phelan “I’ve struggled at Christmas for as long as I can remember. It’s an enormous amount of pressure, n(...)

Presidential candidate Roch Marc Kabore (centre) arrives to vote in the presidential and legislative election. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Former prime minister Roch Marc Kaboré appeared to have a strong lead on Monday as results poured in from an election to choose the first new p(...)

A woman prepares to cast her vote for the presidential election at a polling station in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.  Photograph: Issouf Sanogoissouf Sanogo/AFP/ Getty Images

Burkina Faso voted yesterday in an election to choose the country’s first new president in decades, a year after longtime leader Blaise Compaor(...)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: in June authorities in Libya said he had been killed by a US air strike there, but four days later al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb denied  that he was dead. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

If Islamist militant group Al-Mourabitoun is confirmed as responsible for Friday’s killings at a hotel in Mali, it will be the latest time it has stag(...)

Regional leaders attend an extraordinary meeting of Ecowas heads of state to discuss the crisis in Burkina Faso  in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/STR

The presidents of Senegal, Togo, Benin and Nigeria were due to travel to Burkina Faso’s capital last night on a mission to negotiate the peaceful roll(...)