Sr Anne Carr, a Medical Missionary of Mary sister,  took Bono  on a tour of a  hospital in Lilongwe in Malawi. “I said he was my nephew because strangers weren’t allowed in the hospital.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Rolling Stones may have had Sister Morphine but U2’s preference is for the altogether more savoury Sr Anne. A Medical Missionary of Mary, Sr Anne (...)

 Lionel Loueke: ‘I didn’t go to Paris to play African music, I got to Paris to play jazz’.   Photograph:  Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At first glance, Lionel Loueke’s early life looks like an African musical boyhood straight out of central casting: banging on anything that made a noi(...)

An Elephants Without Borders plane flying over a herd of elephants at the Ngoma border between Namibia and Botswana while taking part in the survey in February this year. Photograph: AFP/Elephants Without Borders

The greatest animal census ever undertaken in Africa has revealed that elephant numbers are declining far more rapidly than previously believed – prim(...)

Boys hold bows and arrows in Kerawa, Cameroon. Kerawa is on the border with Nigeria and is subject to frequent Boko Haram attacks. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Adama Simila wears a knife tied to his belt by a piece of rope, his only protection against Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist insurgents who have repe(...)

The State has been ranked the 19th happiest country on the planet in a new report. File photograph: ThinkStock

The State has been ranked the 19th happiest country on the planet in a new report, which also found that Irish positivity has prevailed in the face of(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is under growing domestic pressure to drive down asylum seeker numbers. Photoghraph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany has sent angry letters to Pakistan as well as north and west African countries, accusing them of refusing to take back failed asylum applicant(...)

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(...)

Members of self-appointed vigilance committee hunting down and fighting Boko Haram Islamic group, standing in the village of Lding Lding, northern Cameroon. Photograph: Reinnier Kazer/AFP/Getty Images

Cameroon’s army says it has killed at least 100 members of the militant Islamist Boko Haram group and freed 900 people the group had held hostage as i(...)

A group of Galway coders are spearheading the first Africa Code Week. Photograph: Africa Code Week

Galway coders are spearheading the first Africa Code Week, which will involve thousands of students in 17 African countries over the next week. Up to (...)

Gen Gilbert Diendere has claimed he carried out the coup over plans to disband the presidential guard. Photograph: Theo Renaut/AP Photo

Pro-coup demonstrators and elite presidential guard members in Burkina Faso have stormed a hotel hosting talks aimed at restoring civilian rule, and a(...)