A man helps a wounded child after heavily armed gunmen opened fire on March 13th at a hotel in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam. At least 18 people were killed when heavily-armed gunmen opened fire, leaving bodies strewn on the beach. Photograph: Sia-Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Only a few years after French troops broke up its desert stronghold and scattered its fighters into the dunes, al-Qaeda’s branch in West Africa has r(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is under growing domestic pressure to drive down asylum seeker numbers. Photoghraph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany has sent angry letters to Pakistan as well as north and west African countries, accusing them of refusing to take back failed asylum applicant(...)

Women cook in pots heated by  firewood at an internally displaced persons camp at Dikwa, Borno state,  northeastern Nigeria. This week Boko Haram sent three girl suicide bombers to the camp, killing 58 people. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Of all the mysteries surrounding Boko Haram, the marauding militant jihadi group that has terrorised Nigeria and its neighbours, the use of women and(...)

A toy bull sits in front of the DAX Index curve at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in  Germany on Monday: financial markets started 2016 on a bleak note and China is at the centre of it. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Irish and European markets fell on Monday as a slide in Chinese equities fuelled investors’ fears that a slowdown in the world’s biggest market will h(...)

Cairn boilers and steam turbine generators in India: the company also has an interest in exploration off Ireland’s west coast. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

Oil explorer Cairn Energy has carried out its first successful production test at its oilfields in Senegal, sending its shares up 9 per cent, though i(...)

Clockwise from top: Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; DRC president Joseph Kabila; and  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

The recent decision by Rwanda’s electorate to allow Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office – and Kagame’s confirmation last Friday that he will do(...)

Many African cities were hopping with superb music during the late 60s and 70s. Like Addis Ababa and Lagos, Dakar was a hothouse with a magnetic a(...)

Senegalese man Ngame  holds a photocopy of a winning lottery ticket from the Spanish Christmas’ lottery draw on December 22nd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An African migrant who was rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat was among the top prize winners of Spain’s Christmas lottery, according to t(...)

We need to ensure migrants have their human rights vindicated from day one.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Humans have made a dog’s dinner out of, well, being human and, in particular, upholding the rights of migrants. Nearly a million adults and ch(...)

Nohemi Gonzalez (23) had dual US and Mexican nationality and was studying in Paris on exchange from California State University, Long Beach.

Thomas Ayad (32) Ayad, a product manager for Universal Music France, was chatting to a friend at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan wh(...)