Regional leaders attend an extraordinary meeting of Ecowas heads of state to discuss the crisis in Burkina Faso  in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/STR

The presidents of Senegal, Togo, Benin and Nigeria were due to travel to Burkina Faso’s capital last night on a mission to negotiate the peaceful roll(...)

Anti-coup protesters set up roadblocks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Thursday. Leaders of a coup in Burkina Faso said on Friday they had freed the president and reopened borders. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

The military junta in Burkina Faso freed interim president Michel Kafando and two ministers as international pressure intensified on the army to end (...)

Somali forces carry their ammunitions during a security patrol against Islamist al-Shabaab militants in Bulagaduud, Somalia. Photograph: Abdiqani Hassan/Reuters

Al-Shabaab militants stormed an African Union base in southern Somalia on Tuesday, where they say they killed 50 peacekeepers, in what the AU mission (...)

French president Hollande  after his speech during the annual gathering of French ambassadors at the Élysée Palace in Paris on August 25th. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer / EPA/ Pool MaxPPP

When French president François Hollande addressed France’s ambassadors to foreign countries, assembled in the red velvet and gilt reception rooms of t(...)

US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)

Barack Obama laughs during a visit to Addis Ababa on Tuesday: “I’m looking forward to life after being president. I can spend time with my family . . . I can find other ways to serve. I can visit Africa more often.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

President Barack Obama claimed on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the American constitution, but said he was looking forward to l(...)

Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killin(...)

US president Barack Obama greets his half-sister Auma Obama alongside Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta upon his arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images 1:34

US president Barack Obama flew into Kenya late on Friday for his first presidential visit to his father’s homeland, aiming to boost trade and security(...)

 South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma with school children during the closing ceremony of the 25th African Union  summit in Johannesburg on June 16th. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/EPA

The handling of a variety of recent controversies in South Africa by the African National Congress-led government has given rise to the notion on many(...)

A Somali soldier in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which sustained two militant attacks in past week. The latest  attack in Leego came as residents gathered for morning prayers. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty

Al-Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers’ base south of Mogadishu(...)