Thirty teenage girls and boys have been kidnapped since Wednesday from villages around Mafa town. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced ceasefire and the (...)

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, September 2014. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A group of nine United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed in an ambush on their convoy today, the deadliest attack on the UN mission in Mali ye(...)

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(...)

Refugees gather in an internally displaced persons camp which was set up for Nigerians fleeing the violence committed against them by Boko Haram. Photograph: Samuel Ini/Reuters.

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town today after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands (...)

Shell Cawtharine channels at Awoba in the Niger Delta on March 22nd, 2013. Photograph: Getty

The “systemic failure” of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the widespread oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “sh(...)

“Bring Back Our Girls” protest  in Abuja, calling for the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls in Chibok who were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The Nigerian ambassador to Ireland, Felix Yusufu Pwol, has said the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, responsible for the abduction of 223 girls in (...)

People participate in a “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil, held on Mother’s Day in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Phil McCarten/ Reuters

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday international military and intelligence assistance made him optimistic about finding 200 schoolgir(...)

Al Saadi Gadafy, the third son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy  in a  2005 file photo. Photograph: Tim Wimborne/Files/Reuters

Niger has extradited Muammar Gadafy’s son Saadi, who just arrived in Tripoli and was brought to a prison, the Libyan government said today. (...)

NUI Maynooth: venue for book launch. Photograph: David Sleator

A book of letters and poems written by Nigerian environmental and human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ken Saro-Wiwa has been publishe(...)

Both journalists, from French radio station RFI, were seized in Kidal in north Mali.  Image: Google Maps

Two French journalists snatched by gunmen in the northern Malian town of Kidal today have been killed, a local prefect, sources from the Tuareg separa(...)