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Burundian police officers collect a cache of weapons recovered from suspected fighters after clashes in the capital Bujumbura last week. Photograph: Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana/Reuters

The African Union said it was ready to send 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi to protect civilians caught up it a growing crisis, the first time the bloc (...)

A voter shows off his inked thumb after casting his vote in Rwanda’s capital Kigali   during a referendum as Rwandans vote to amend its constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term.  Photograph: James Akena/Reuters

Rwandans voted on Friday in a referendum on changing the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame to extend his term in office, possibly un(...)

Migrants walking through a field to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni on August 29th. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and(...)

A man begs for help from the military as he stands in a drain where he had hid himself to escape a lynching by a mob at the Cibitoke district of Burundi capital, Bujumbura last May 7, 2015. Photograph: Aymeric Vincenot/AFP/Getty

Burundi is on the verge of civil war because of a campaign of political repression in which at least 400 people have been killed and almost 3,500 arre(...)

Mongolian women working in the clothing industry. When women are paid, they earn on average 24%  less than men

Global development is being held back by the relative shortage of women in paid work, with participation rates having risen only slightly in the past (...)

A woman is distraught after her son was killed during gunfire in the Nyakabiga neighbourhood of Burundi’s capital Bujumbura, December 12th, 2015. Photograph: Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana/Reuters

Violence from co-ordinated attacks on three Burundian army installations has killed 87 people, an army spokesman said, in escalating turmoil over the (...)

Policemen in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura during a demonstration against the Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Rwandan president Paul Kagame implored neighbouring Burundi to avoid the ethnic violence that ended in genocide in his country in 1994, in an emotiona(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

Jean Acheson: the Rwandan government decided to keep its borders open and to prepare camps for refugees

Rwanda, where I have lived since 2013, when I moved here to become an economist at its ministry of finance, is a tiny country, about the size of Mu(...)

Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal  near Calais, northern France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

When several thousand Irish construction workers were involved in building the Channel Tunnel more than 25 years ago, tabloid newspapers reported o(...)

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