Former South African president  Nelson Mandela: the  sequel is based on a little known manuscript Mandela wrote by hand but never completed, chronicling his time as the country’s first black president. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest(...)

The Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivering a speech in Cairo after the killing of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. Photograph: EPA/Egyptian presidency handout

Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, a day after the group released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians,(...)

Until now Tobruk has been relatively secure compared with the rest of Libya. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty

A suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives in front of a hotel where Libya’s elected parliament was in session in the eastern city of Tobr(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) arrived with police by car at the financial investigation unit in Paris.  He was held for questioning for 15 hours yesterday over suspicions he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry  into his 2007 election campaign. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has accused France’s justice system of trying to “humiliate” and “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption (...)

Rescue personnel carry a body away from the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103, in a farmer’s field east of Lockerbie, Scotland in this December 1988 file photo. Photograph: Greg Bos/Files/Reuters.

Relatives of the late Libyan intelligence officer convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing have launched a bid to clear his name, a Scottish (...)

Two major media events took place last Saturday. Kanye West married Kim Kardashian in Florence, and Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid in the Champio(...)

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(...)

Abdullah al-Thinni, who resigned as Libya’s acting prime minister two weeks ago, saying gunmen had attacked his family. Photograph: Reuters/Ismail Zitouny

Gunmen stormed Libya’s parliament today and started shooting, forcing lawmakers to abandon a vote on the country’s next prime minister, a parli(...)

Patrick Seale who has died in London at the age of 83 was the world’s most distinguished expert on Syria. He had close connections with Ireland(...)