“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(...)

The bodies of 92 migrants were found in the Sahara desert in Niger yesterday. File photograph: Holger Reineccius/Wikipedia

The bodies of 92 migrants, most of them women and children, have been found in northern Niger after their vehicles broke down attempting to cross the (...)

French president Francois Hollande (2ndR) walks with freed  hostages Marc Feret (L), Pierre Legrand (C), Daniel Larribe (3rd R) and Thierry Dol (R) on the tarmac upon their arrival at Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, today. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters.

Four Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen for three years flew home and were reunited with their families today, with(...)

LE Emer’s role has encompassed maritime defence and security, ocean governance, safety and surveillance; port security, fishery protection, drug interdiction, pollution control and search and rescue.   Photograph: Irish Naval Service

The former Naval Service vessel the LE Emer, which was stood down last month after 35 years, has been sold at auction in Cork today for €320,000 to a (...)

Scores of people are feared dead after a vessel travelling from Mopti (location A) to the northern town of Timbuktu broke apart on a river in Mali late on Friday while passengers were sleeping onboard.

Survivors of a boat that sank in central Mali say as many as 160 people are missing more than a day later.The vessel travelling from Mopti to the nort(...)

Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by armed men from a hotel in Tripoli today. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Brent oil rose today after news of the kidnapping of Libya’s prime minister raised concerns of new supply disruptions from the North African country.A(...)