Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, delivers a statement at Moncloa Presidential Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 26th. Photograph: Victor Lerena/EPA

The European Union stepped up pressure on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, signaling it will recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido if elections (...)

 Cameroonian president Paul Biya and his wife, Chantal Biya, listen to speeches in honour of his reign during a September election rally at the Maroua Stadium, in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Photograph: Alexis Huguet/AFP/Getty Images

President Paul Biya has been declared the winner of Cameroon’s disputed elections two weeks after a vote marred by violence, boycotts and unrest, exte(...)

A man walks past a display with portraits of Saudi king Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the kingdom, King Abdulaziz al-Saud, in Riyadh. photograph: Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images

The pressure on business leaders to cut or suspend ties with Saudi Arabia following its apparently barbaric murder of a journalist illustrates the dan(...)

Relatives of victims of the regime of former president Yahya Jammeh demonstrate in Banjul, demanding answers on the state of the investigation on the disappearance of their loved ones.  Photograph: Claire Bargeles/AFP/Getty Images

At the end of a scenic, sandy road in The Gambia, a short walk from the British tourist-infested beaches of Banjul, hidden crimes are coming to light.(...)

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya speaks after Members of the United Nations Security Council voted against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria by the US and its allies during an emergency meeting on Syria at the UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A Russian bid for the United Nations Security Council to condemn US, British and French air strikes on Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack (...)

 Robert Mugabe, pictured with his wife Grace,   was forced out as leader of Zimbabwe  earlier this week after 37 years in power.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/AFP/Getty Images

The end of the Mugabe presidency – with the swearing in of Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare on Friday – is being watched closely across Africa, and especi(...)

In terms of future outlook, Clontarf said the industry had “weathered severe storms” since 2014.

Operating losses at oil exploration company Clontarf Energy increased almost 20 per cent during the first six months of 2017, compared with the same p(...)

One of Tullow Oil’s drilling blocks at the Lokichar basin in Kenya. Photograph: Getty Images.

Oil exploration company Tullow Oil expects to generate $0.6 billion (€0.52 billion) of pre-tax operating cash flow for the first half of 2017, higher (...)

Equatorial Guinea has “some of the most neglected and prospective exploration potential in offshore West Africa”, according to Clontarf Energy. (Photograph: iStock)

Irish oil exploration company Clontarf Energy has been awarded offshore acreage of roughly 5,052km sq by the government of Equatorial Guinea. The und(...)

Ripped electoral poster of Gambia’s outgoing president Yahya Jammeh. “My father will have victory because Yahya has fallen.” Photograph:  Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images

For as long as they can remember, Isatou and Ebrima Jammeh have been asked questions about their surname. But, up to now, they always denied any conne(...)

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