A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF’s sensitisation campaign. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

West African countries neighbouring those hit by the Ebola epidemic including Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegtions neal and Guinea Bissau should prepare for (...)

Atrocity: a scene from  the video apparently showing Isis executing Iraqi soldiers

Over just 10 days the ruthless and brutal jihadi army that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – aka Isis – seized the Iraqi town(...)

Somalia’s al Shabaab, a brutal jihadist militia linked to al Qaeda, has over the past two years been on the retreat, its forces expelled by Somali and(...)

A boy transporting water containers in Mentao camp. Photograph: Sally Hayden

News of the intensifying clashes in their home country reaches the 12,000 Malian refugees in Mentao camp, Burkina Faso, mainly by word of mouth, meani(...)

French soldiers in Mali. Paris had hoped to move the force to target Islamist groups operating between southern Libya, northern Chad and northern Niger.  Photograph: AP

France has delayed plans to redeploy 3,000 soldiers to fight militants across Africa’s Sahel region, saying it first needs to help deal with a fresh o(...)

Malian prime minister Moussa Mara: said his country was now at war with the Tuareg separatists. Photograph: Getty Images

About 30 civil servants were abducted by Tuareg MNLA separatists in Mali’s northern town of Kidal during fighting that also wounded 23 government so(...)

People gather to greet France’s president Francois Hollande in Timbuktu on February 2nd, 2013, afer French forces had retaken the desert city from Islamist rebels. France is to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist militancy. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

A French soldier has been killed in northern Mali as France prepares to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist mil(...)

This morning, Damon Albarn was a man on a mission. He left his house before dawn and headed towards the Thames to shoot footage of the river, w(...)

French president  Francois Hollande (C) speaks with former French hostages and journalists, from L-R, Didier Francois, Edouard Elias , Nicolas Henin, who holds his children, Pierre Torres and France’s roreign minister Laurent Fabius, moments after their arrival by helicopter from Evreux to the military airbase in Villacoulbay, near Paris today. Photograph: Reuters

Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France today, freshly shaved and beaming, where they wer(...)

Eamon Gilmore said the crisis in Syria “may have dropped down the priority in news bulletins, but it is the big humanitarian crisis of our time.”

The meeting between Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius yesterday was dominated by crises in Ukraine and Syria. (...)