US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)

Barack Obama laughs during a visit to Addis Ababa on Tuesday: “I’m looking forward to life after being president. I can spend time with my family . . . I can find other ways to serve. I can visit Africa more often.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

President Barack Obama claimed on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the American constitution, but said he was looking forward to l(...)

Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term had plunged Burundi into its biggest crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Photograph: Evrard Benjamin/Reuters

Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday won a third-term in office after the opposition boycotted the vote, a victory that leaves the east Af(...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

Burundi soldiers march at the entrance of the Prince Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura during the celebrations of the Country 53rd Independence Anniversary on July 1st. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Burundi on Sunday rejected a second United Nations diplomat named to help resolve the country’s political crisis, saying a critical report about last (...)

A Somali soldier in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which sustained two militant attacks in past week. The latest  attack in Leego came as residents gathered for morning prayers. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty

Al-Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers’ base south of Mogadishu(...)

 President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks during a news conference in Bujumburi, Burundi. Photograph: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday made his first public appearance in the capital Bujumbura since an attempted coup last week failed to (...)

People demonstrate against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for the 3rd term in Nyakabiga neighbourhood in Bujumbura. Photograph: Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images

Seventeen security officials, including five generals, accused over the attempted coup of Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza, have appeared before a (...)

Seventy thousand of its people have fled to neighbouring countries while gun battles could yesterday be heard across Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, whe(...)

A detained protester cries in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Rival military groups have been battling for control of the Burundi capital, a day after a former intelligence chief staged an attempted coup again(...)