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A Somali soldier in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which sustained two militant attacks in past week. The latest  attack in Leego came as residents gathered for morning prayers. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty

Al-Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers’ base south of Mogadishu(...)

 President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks during a news conference in Bujumburi, Burundi. Photograph: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday made his first public appearance in the capital Bujumbura since an attempted coup last week failed to (...)

People demonstrate against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for the 3rd term in Nyakabiga neighbourhood in Bujumbura. Photograph: Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images

Seventeen security officials, including five generals, accused over the attempted coup of Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza, have appeared before a (...)

Seventy thousand of its people have fled to neighbouring countries while gun battles could yesterday be heard across Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, whe(...)

A detained protester cries in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Rival military groups have been battling for control of the Burundi capital, a day after a former intelligence chief staged an attempted coup again(...)

People burn mattresses looted from the local police post on  May 13th, 2015, in Musaga,  Bujumbura, Burundi. Photograph: Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images

East African leaders have condemned what they called an attempted coup in Burundi on Wednesday by a general who declared he had deposed President Pier(...)

French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the ‘Vigipirate’ security plan. Photograoh: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

After a string of attacks across France that have reinforced concerns about Islamic militancy, prime minister Manuel Valls acknowledged that the Fr(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls said that between 200 and 300 more military personnel would be deployed, in addition to 780 already on the streets as part of routine year-end precautions. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

After a string of attacks across France that have heightened concerns about Islamic militancy, prime minister Manuel Valls has ordered hundreds of add(...)

From left: Bernardetta Boggian, Olga Raschietti and Lucia Pulici, three Italian nuns murdered while working as missionaries in Burundi. EPA/Sandro Capatti/Xaverian Missionaries of Parma

Three Italian nuns were found murdered over the weekend in the north of Burundi’s capital, officials and a priest in the African state said yesterday.(...)

Ugandan entrepreneurs Cedric Babu and his wife Alison, from Northern Ireland, with their children in Kampala. Photograph: Mary Fitzgerald

In many ways, Ugandan Cedric Babu and his wife Alison epitomise Africa’s new generation of entrepreneurs. They met while studying business in the US: (...)

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