Flowers at the entrance the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako Mali in tribute to the victims four days after the deadly terrorist attack that left 27 people killed. Photograph: Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations said unknown attackers fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, killing three people(...)

Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The terrorist attack in Mali could not have come at a more alarming time for the Irish Government. Armed extremists struck the luxury hotel in the ver(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney stressed the Government would not do anything that “compromises Irish neutrality”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney have moved to play down concerns about Irish troops being dispatched to Mali to replace Fr(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

A man reacts as a crowd barricades a street in the capital Bangui yesterday. Central African Republic’s new interim president said on Tuesday she would hold talks with armed groups in an effort to restore order to the former French colony, where at least seven more people were killed in sectarian violence in the north. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

The UN chief’s special adviser on genocide prevention is warning of a “high risk of crimes against humanity and of genocide” in the Central African Re(...)

A French soldier talks to locals during operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic (CAR). Photograph:  EPA/Denniel Melaine/ECPAD handout

Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in the capital of the Central African Republic, President Francois Hollande’s office announced today.Th(...)

Seleka fighter Cisco gestures outside a mosque where bodies of people killed during fighting are gathered in Bangui, Central African Republic, today. Rival militia forces fought fierce battles in Central African Republic’s capital yesterday and the UN authorised French military action to halt Muslim-Christian sectarian violence that threatens to escalate into widespread civilian massacres. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

France rushed troops to Central African Republic today, its second major African intervention in a year, to stem Muslim-Christian violence that has(...)

French soldiers patrol in an armoured personnel carrier during fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic, yesterday. The French army deployed 250 troops to the capital after clashes broke out between former rebels and militias. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

France began a military intervention in the Central African Republic last night, following a unanimous vote by the UN Security Council yesterday au(...)

Seleka soldiers raise their fists while riding in a pick-up truck amid fighting today in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Fighting swept through the capital of Central African Republic today, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the country(...)

French soldiers in Mali on patrol at Gao's port, near the Niger river, on Thursday. The UN expressed concern over reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, where a French-led intervention recently routed Islamist rebels. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Behind the ornate door of what was once a chi-chi French-owned hotel lies a series of rooms which, for most of last year, comprised the Islamic(...)