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 (...)

A soldier at the scene of a car bomb attack and armed raid by Al-Shabab militants on the  Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Mogadishu. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

Islamists have forced their way into a hotel in Somalia and taken positions inside, exchanging fire with security forces seeking to regain control of (...)

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish Aid is calling for skilled and experienced volunteers to consider joining the Irish Rapid Response Corps as part of the Government’s programme f(...)

Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses Sufi supporters during a campaign rally of the ruling National Congress Party ahead of a presidential election next month. He has been wanted since 2009 on charges of genocide in Darfur. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

The relationship between the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues to deteriorate, with the latest tens(...)

A US air force MQ-1 Predator drone. The strike, carried out last Thursday as Garar traveled near Diinsoor, Somalia, “dealt another significant blow” to al-Shabab and killed Garar, who is believed to have planned the 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Kenya, the defence department said.  Photograph: Reuters/US air force

A US drone strike has killed an al Shabab leader linked to the 2013 Kenyan shopping centre massacre in which 67 people were killed.The Pentagon has co(...)

US president Barack Obama appears on a television screen alongside a security guard as he talks with Jimmy Kimmel on March 12th, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images. 1:16

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that whoever shot at police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, this week were “criminals” and should be arrest(...)

The food producers recognised at the  Irish Food Writers’ Guild Awards. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

They don’t make much jam in east Africa, explains Veronica Molloy, dishing out some of her lime and tequila marmalade. “It’s margarita in a jar instea(...)

Baby onesies, made in Africa, with ‘Made in Europe’ printed on the front. Photograph: Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty

‘We are not a charity” is the mantra of the The Ethical Fashion Initiative. It was formed as part of the International Trade Centre, itself a joint(...)

A courtroom sketch shows Khalid al-Fawwaz, who was convicted in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania,  during closing arguments of his trial in the New York Federal Court. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants was convicted in a federal court in New York on Thursday in (...)

UN headquarters in New York: James O’Brien of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Ireland has called on all UN member states to recognise the role volunteers can play in achieving an equal society free from poverty by 2030. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters.

The contribution of volunteers to development work and recognition for the work they carry out in communities at home and abroad must be considered in(...)