Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta had pleaded not guilty to five counts of crimes against humanity. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The trial of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, the most important in the 12-year history of the International Criminal Court (ICC), will not open as s(...)

African Union (AU) soldiers from Uganda rest in the town of Kurtunwarey in Somalia. Somali government and AU troops have been engaging al-Shabaab militants as part of their military offensive dubbed ‘Indian Ocean’ aiming to oust the Islamist militant groupfrom its last major hideouts in the southern parts of the country. Photograph: AP Photo/Tobin Jones/African Union Mission to Somalia

The United States conducted a suspected drone strike in southern Somalia targeting senior leaders of the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab as the Pen(...)

Three-year-old Nino looks at a blackboard in a newly-opened Ebola isolation center set up in a school closed due to the epidemic  in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly under(...)

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, whose trial is scheduled to start on October 7th, denies orchestrating post-election violence in 2008 in which some 1,200 people died. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) meets today amid claims that Kenya has deliberately obstructed the trial of its president, Uhuru Kenyatta(...)

Residents gather near the scene of a massacre by gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni last month. Photograph: Joseph Okanga/Reuters

Gunmen killed at least 29 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the interior ministry said today.The Somali Islamist militant gr(...)

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 member of the bomb squad measures the distance between two blast sites after twin improvised explosive devices (IED) went off in Gikomba market. Photograph:  Christena Dowsett/Getty Images

Authorities in Kenya said 10 people had died in two explosions in the capital, Nairobi, today, heightening fears of terrorist attacks in one of Africa(...)

Sr Dympna Hannelly was born in Castlerea on December 4th, 1922, during the height of the civil war. She was 22 years of age when she was professed as(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

The decision announced yesterday by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade significantly to expand Ireland’s embassy network is an essential affi(...)