Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan says he is determined to protect  democracy,  national unity and  political stability. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Nigeria’s president has ordered “a full-scale operation” against Boko Haram Islamist militants and is seeking to reassure the parents of 219 schoolgir(...)

Jovani Mbele, 28, was wounded in the head and hand when Chadian peacekeepers opened fire in a Christian area of Bangui at the weekend.   Photograph:  Lara Marlowe

Christians in the Central African capital yesterday demanded the departure of the African peacekeepin(...)

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the recent Brics Summit in Durban. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

South African president Jacob Zuma attended a regional summit in Chad yesterday tasked with restoring order in wa(...)