French president Francois Hollande speaks to journalists upon his arrival in Algiers. Paris and Algiers are enjoying a period of exceptionally good relations. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The leaders of France and Algeria doubtless rejoiced in the reported killing of Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar when they met in president Abdela(...)

The LE Aoife  was launched in 1979 and has travelled over 600,000 nautical miles in the course of fish protection patrols and other missions.

Ireland is proceeding with the planned donation of the LE Aoife to Malta to assist in humanitarian work despite reports that members of the armed forc(...)

The LE Aoife in Dun Laoghaire. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has agreed to donate the recently decommissioned LE Aoife to the Maltese armed forces as part of an agreement reached between the two countrie(...)

Aid agencies have assessed that 78 million people are in need of assistance. Above, a displaced boy, who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul, stands in refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Photograph:  Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (€13.3 billion) to finance humanit(...)

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(...)

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(...)

France’s President Francois Hollande (left) speaks with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore at the Donor Conference  in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters

The European Union yesterday pledged an extra €520 million in international aid to Mali over the next two years, with Ireland committing €2.5 m(...)

Passkot market in  Senegal: aid projects aim to help through reforestation and the provision of money or vouchers so families don’t have to sell their animals. Photograph: Jenny Mattews

At first viewing here in the remote interior of Senegal, there are just three problems with the Great Green Wall, sub-Saharan Africa’s attempt (...)

French soldiers in Mali on patrol at Gao's port, near the Niger river, on Thursday. The UN expressed concern over reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, where a French-led intervention recently routed Islamist rebels. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Behind the ornate door of what was once a chi-chi French-owned hotel lies a series of rooms which, for most of last year, comprised the Islamic(...)