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Women queue at a water pump: ‘In some places in Burkina Faso people wait in line for 72 hours to access boreholes,’ says Patrick Youssef, Africa director for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Photograph: Olympia de Maismont/AFP

International aid organisations are warning of a growing hunger crisis in the central Sahel due to climate change, drought and insecurity. About four(...)

Dancers performing Siguifin, for which French choreographer Amala Dianor has brought together three choreographers and nine dancers from Mali, Senegal and Burkino Faso in a collaboration that merges styles and nations.

Almost half of the borders dividing African states are straight lines, drawn across maps by colonialists in Europe. Dismissive of ethnic realities, th(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (centre) being shown the site of mass graves in Bucha this week while accompanied by members of the Garda’s Emergency Response Unit. Photograph:

The Defence Forces special forces unit, the Army Ranger Wing (ARW), was stood down from protecting Simon Coveney on his visit to Ukraine before the Mi(...)

Irish Army soldiers taking part in a military exercise in the the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Defence Forces have ceased training the Malian military following multiple reports of solders killing civilians in the west African country.(...)

Olivia Rodrigo won best new artist at the Grammy awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Teenage pop phenom Olivia Rodrigo and R&B duo Silk Sonic dominated the major categories, and Jon Batiste won album of the year at the 64th annual (...)

Retired Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett calls the Russian embassy on Orwell Road, which is believed to host a significant espionage and intelligence gathering operation, an aircraft carrier. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish people are naive about the extent of Russian influence in this country, the former head of the Defence Forces has said. Retired Vice-Admiral Ma(...)

Patoranking, one of Nigeria’s most successful musicians, pictured at his recording studio. Photograph: Sally Hayden

It started almost as a joke. Nigerian celebrity musician David Adedeji Adeleke, a 29-year-old popularly known as Davido, posted on Twitter, saying he (...)

A carriage on the train from Przemysl, Poland, to Lviv, Ukraine, late on Friday: ‘The moment the war started, I knew I had to come back,’ said one man. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Rasmus Lund is willing to die for Ukraine. The strapping Swede is one of 16,000 foreigners who president Vladimir Zelenskiy says have answered his cal(...)

Though it is seldom publicised, Ireland’s military non-alignment has already been stretched, both through our EU membership and bilateral co-operation with Nato. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was roundly condemned in the Dáil last week, but the unanimity on that masked divides about Ireland’s neutrality and its (...)

The war in Ukraine will impact on  the energy we need to turn on ovens, lights and heating, to the fertiliser we need to grow our  crops. These crops include not just wheat to feed the human population but grass to feed cows and other livestock.  Photograph: Getty Images

Vladimir Lenin once said that “wheat is the currency of currencies”. Now his successor Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine threatens repercussions th(...)

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