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(...)

The scene outside the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photograph: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

Five Islamist militants attacked a hotel at dawn in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least six people and injuring 10, before all the assailan(...)

Rebel soldiers last year with Nuer civilians as they walk through flooded areas to reach a makeshift UN camp for the displaced. Photograph: Matthew Abbott/AP

A new report has laid bare the scale of the atrocities committed during South Sudan’s 22-month civil war, detailing rape, torture, mutilation and inst(...)

The African Union report  disputes there was a coup attempt in December 2013 by former vice president Riek Machar. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan with evidence of horrific crimes against civilians including forced cannibalism, according to a report(...)

South Africa’s foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in  New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

The third India-Africa summit in seven years opened this week at a sports stadium in New Delhi, amidst unprecedented security and chaotic traffic jams(...)

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(...)