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The United States does not feel threatened by the growth of trade and investment in Africa by China and other emerging powers, US president Barack Ob(...)

US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by South African minister of international relations and co-operation Maite Mkoana-Mashabne after arriving at Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama yesterday dampened expectations that he might visit a critically ill Nelson Mandela during his tour of South Africa, saying (...)

People gather with candles for Nelson Mandela  yesterday outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

With each day, the crowds grow outside the Mediclinic hospital in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela lies gravely ill. They sing and pray and eulogise the (...)

US president Barack Obama waves while arriving at Waterkloof Air Base in South Africa. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama arrived in South Africa tonight as part of a state visit, playing down suggestions that he might call on the gravely-ill for(...)

US President Barack Obama at a food security expo in Dakar today. Mr Obama heads to South Africa  hoping to see ailing icon Nelson Mandela, after wrapping up a visit to Senegal that focused on improving food security and promoting democratic institutions. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Reed

President Barack Obama, wrapping up the first leg of an African tour this morning, said Washington had a “moral imperative” to help the world’s poore(...)

Activists in Ukraine  during a rally supporting Edward Snowden in front of US embassy, in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The father of former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in an interview he is reasonably confident his son will return to the United States (...)

Paul O'Donoghue: Mozambique "full of options" for graduates

Wherever Waterford man Paul O’Donoghue has moved to in southern Africa, seismic events have never been far behind. The Mozambique-based entrepreneur’s(...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia slips during her women’s singles tennis match against Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The third seed was knocked out 6-3 6-4. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Wimbledon’s grass courts bore their teeth yesterday and turned the normally quiet tournament infirmary into a running score on who was falling out of (...)

Laurent Xavier Balla, an openly gay rights activist with the Association for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians  in Douala, Cameroon, after he was attacked for the fourth time over his sexual orientation. Photograph:  Reinnier Kaze/AFP/Getty Images

Homophobia is reaching dangerously high levels across Africa, with attacks on homosexuals increasingly more visible and discrimination against them on(...)

Asylum seekers at Millstreet accommodation centre at Drishane Castle in north Cork protesting yesterday over conditions and treatment at the centre. Residents display spoiled fruit taken from the centre.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The owners of an asylum-seeker centre in Millstreet in north Cork have agreed to meet with residents to try to resolve a series of issues following a (...)

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