A soldier at the scene of a car bomb attack and armed raid by Al-Shabab militants on the  Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Mogadishu. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

Islamists have forced their way into a hotel in Somalia and taken positions inside, exchanging fire with security forces seeking to regain control of (...)

A man walks past an Ebola awareness painting on a wall in downtown Monrovia, Liberia. One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. The virus escaped co(...)

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infected. But health experts and charities have warned the danger is far from over. Picture show healthcare workers prepare to go inside of the high-risk area for the first time, at the Hastings Ebola treatment unit in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in November. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times.

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infecte(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives to attend a conference on Ebola on Tuesday in  Brussels. Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa attend an international conference in Brussels  to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges. Photograph: AFP

Western countries must continue their efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic which is continuing to claim hundreds of lives in west Africa, according to(...)

The wreckage of a car destroyed in a blast is seen near the Central Hotel after a suicide attack in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu February 20th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The death toll from a suicide attack at a hotel in the Somali capital yesterday has risen to 25 and 40 wounded, the Somali government said. A statemen(...)

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe trips up: the 91-year-old oversaw the installation of his wife Grace as president of the Zanu-PF women’s league. Photograph: AP

In the twilight of his political career, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has outmanoeuvred many of the detractors who have tried to undermine his r(...)

Police officers block people protesting over news that Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds and fears over Boko Haram violence.  Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nigeria’s decision to postpone elections for six weeks because of spreading attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the northeast is a “s(...)

 Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (right), holds talks with Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (left), shortly after his arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, following a wave of deadly attacks in the(...)

Displaced people from Baga listen to President Goodluck Jonathan speaking in a camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on January 15th, 2015. Photograph:  /Olatunji Omirinolatunji Omirin/AFP/Getty Images

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next w(...)

Members of the “anti-Balaka” Christian militia in Bangui, Central African Republic, last year. The UN commission accuses the militia of war crimes and the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP

A United Nations commission of inquiry says it has found evidence of ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, but it could not pro(...)