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A Somali baby receives a polio vaccine in Mogadishu, Somalia, back in 2013:  Eradicating polio requires more than 90 per cent of children to be immunised. Photograph: Ben Curtis

Africa was declared free of wild polio on Tuesday, leaving Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the highl(...)

West African migrants returning from Niger after fleeing Libya, following their failed attempt to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty

Protests are continuing in Agadez, Niger, where Sudanese refugees accuse the United Nations’ refugee agency of abandoning them in the desert after the(...)

 Family members wearing  PPE suits carry the remains of an elderly  relative who died from  Covid-19  at a graveyard in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph:  EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Confirmed coronavirus cases on the African continent are expected to hit one million this week, with experts raising concerns about the lack of testin(...)

The West Point neighbourhood in the Liberian capital Monrovia, which residents have had to leave because of rising sea levels. Photograph: Zoom Dosso/AFP via Getty Images

Donations by wealthy countries under international commitments to mobilise $100 billion a year to support states most vulnerable to climate disruption(...)

The owner and co-worker of the 1 Classie Africa beauty salon in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although hair salons are open, many like this one are struggling to get customers to visit them. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Africa has passed 400,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. The number has increased fourfold across the continent since May 22nd, when it hit 100,000, bef(...)

Al-Qaeda militant Abdelmalek Droukdel has been killed by French forces in Mali. File photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty

France said on Friday its military forces had killed al-Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had bee(...)

 French soldiers use detectors to  search for improvised explosive devices during the Burkhane Operation in northern Burkina Faso, in November 2019. File photograph: Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty

Militants killed 43 people during attacks in Burkina Faso this week, turning attention back on the restive Sahel region. The Ouagadougou government (...)

Demonstrators wave flags and step on posters of some world leaders as they take part in a rally against eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar and in support of the UN-recognised government of national accord (GNA) in Tripoli on Friday. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/ AFP

Libya could become a new Syria in the intensity of its conflicts and as a cockpit for regional and big power rivalries unless more serious efforts are(...)

Ireland has a life expectancy of 82 years. Photograph: Haydn West

Ireland has the third highest quality of life in the world, according to a new study by the United Nations. The annual Human Development Index rankin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visiting Irish troops in Mali in January. The troops were there in a non-combat training role, but since September 14 members of the Army Ranger Wing have been active as part of the UN mission in the country. Photograph: Defence Forces

The killing of at least 54 Malian soldiers and one civilian near the country’s border with Niger last weekend underlines the acute dangers of a confli(...)

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