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(...)

Demonstrators in  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,  during a protest against a  proposal to from Economic Community of West African States  to end the crisis. Photograph: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Top-level military personnel in Burkina Faso said on Monday that the West African nation’s armed forces were converging in the capital Ouagadougou to (...)

Gen Gilbert Diendere has claimed he carried out the coup over plans to disband the presidential guard. Photograph: Theo Renaut/AP Photo

Pro-coup demonstrators and elite presidential guard members in Burkina Faso have stormed a hotel hosting talks aimed at restoring civilian rule, and a(...)

Politicians see refugees as a young workforce which will  defuse Germany’s demographic time bomb. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

When the annual Oktoberfest beer bonanza kicked off in Munich on Saturday, Hamado Dipama wasn’t in the mood for celebrating. As boisterous Bavarians i(...)

Anti-coup protesters set up roadblocks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Thursday. Leaders of a coup in Burkina Faso said on Friday they had freed the president and reopened borders. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

The military junta in Burkina Faso freed interim president Michel Kafando and two ministers as international pressure intensified on the army to end (...)

People gather at the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou on September 16th, 2015, a few hours after Burkina Faso’s interim president and prime minister were detained at the presidential palace by guards loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, the speaker of parliament said.  Photograph: Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers fired warning shots outside Burkina Faso’s presidential palace on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to protest the detention of gover(...)

Lefah Ballo with his partner, Caitríona Rodgerson, and their daughter, Nina, in Churchtown, Dublin. The couple met in Africa in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The music of Jingle Bells will always remind Ibrahim Ballo of the first day he stepped on to Irish soil. It was December 2nd, 2012, and Ballo, know(...)

The mayor of the Hungarian village of Asotthalom, Laszlo Toroczkai, in his office. On his desk are passports and other documents thrown away by illegal migrants crossing from nearby Serbia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Beside a quiet country road that sidles into Hungary from the Serbian border, weary people push through a last barrier of rain-glossy trees and stand,(...)

Kenyan men work at a road construction site near Isiolo town, 320km north of Nairobi, in July 2008. The road was being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company, and funded by African Development Bank and the Kenyan government. Since then the scale of Chinese aid to Africa has increased dramatically. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

Chinese aid to Africa is creating pariah states rather than just supporting them, claim the findings of a study that reviews the relationship between (...)

 Stephen Hamilton and Róisín Hanley are among the performers taking part in the Galway Bailando documentary that highlights the city’s dance culture. 5:46

French writer Baudelaire once described dancing as “poetry with arms and legs”, and its popularity is one of Galway’s best-kept secrets.Now 77 dancers(...)