Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Welly Nzitonda, the son of human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, during a funeral ceremony in Bujumbura, Burundi, on November 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIY

It is a bit predictable for a human rights organisation to produce a report saying how bad the human rights situation is, but we have reached a turnin(...)

A Bahraini woman holds a picture of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr   during  a protest after his execution  by Saudi authorities. Photograph: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

As the political crisis deepened over the execution of dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Bahrain and Sudan on Monday followed the lead of their Sun(...)

A map shows the location of Barawe, southwest of Mogadishu, where US citizen Malik John, who had fought with Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, has surrendered to officials. File photograph: Google Street View

A US citizen who fought for the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has surrendered to authorities in the Horn of Africa country after he defected from t(...)

Firearms instructors play the role of terrorists during a Metropolitan Police training programme for armed officers for the eventuality of a terrorist firearms attack in London. Photograph:  Yui Mok/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Firearms officers called to tackle terrorist gunmen have been ordered to ignore the injured and dying in the event of a UK attack and instead race tow(...)

Pope Francis greets  children during his visit in Nairobi, Kenya. The pontiff told a packed stadium in the city: ‘Let’s hold hands together, let’s stand up as a sign against bad tribalism.’

Pope Francis urged young Kenyans on Friday not to yield to the sweet lure of corruption, and urged them to help those tempted by “fanatical” id(...)

Pope Francis arrives at the University of Nairobi for a public mass during his five-day visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic (CAR). Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God’s name wa(...)

Dublin-based barrister Liz Harpur: her nephew Ben-Hadad Kimani has been jailed in Kenya for double murder. The Irish Innocence Project is now examining the case. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When Griffith College dean of law and founding director of the Irish Innocence Project David Langwallner was teaching Liz Harpur intellectual property(...)

A poster welcoming Pope Francis to Kenya later this month: President Uhuru Kenyatta is under pressure to tackle Kenya’s rampant corruption. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s anti-graft commission arrested 27 people yesterday, including the heads of two state-run companies and the suspended head of a third, in one o(...)

Mark Zuckerberg: two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the internet. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Nearly two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the internet(...)

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(...)