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(...)

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(...)