A Somali soldier looks at the Lido beach in Mogadishu following an overnight attack on a beachfront restaurant. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

At least 17 people were killed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu when five Islamist gunmen set off bombs and stormed a popular beachfront restaurant (...)

The scene of an attack on a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: AP Television

Armed men stormed a hotel in the west African city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, last night, taking hostages and burning vehicles in what appears to b(...)

President Pierre Nkurunziza: Burundi has suffered a worsening wave of violence since he said he would seek a third term. Photograph:  Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The United Nations has documented cases of Burundi’s security forces gang-raping women during searches of opposition supporters’ houses and heard witn(...)

 African Union officers on patrol in Somalia: the attack happened near the Kenyan border. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic extremist rebels have attacked a base for African Union troops in southwestern Somalia, with dozens of Kenyan soldiers reported to be killed. (...)

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(...)

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza (centre) at  celebrations marking the 53rd anniversary of the country’s independence at a stadium in Bujumbura on July 1st, 2015. File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza said on Wednesday that Burundians would fight any peacekeepers sent into the country by the African Union, in hi(...)

Burundian police officers collect a cache of weapons recovered from suspected fighters after clashes in the capital Bujumbura last week. Photograph: Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana/Reuters

The African Union said it was ready to send 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi to protect civilians caught up it a growing crisis, the first time the bloc (...)

A map shows the location of Barawe, southwest of Mogadishu, where US citizen Malik John, who had fought with Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, has surrendered to officials. File photograph: Google Street View

A US citizen who fought for the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has surrendered to authorities in the Horn of Africa country after he defected from t(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping walks with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma ahead of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation. Photograph: Sydney Seshibedi/Reuters

While much of the attention at the opening today of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation will be on what new loans and trade proposals Beijing table(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)