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Black smoke rises as the capital of Burkina Faso comes under multiple attacks. Photograph: Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images

Armed assailants attacked several targets in Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday, including the army headquarters and the French embassy, in a co-ordinat(...)

Burkina Faso’s president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Chad’s president Idriss Deby, King Philippe of Belgium and Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during an audience between the Belgian king and the heads of state of the G5 Sahel organisation at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Twenty-four EU leaders, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, have given strong political and financial support to collective efforts by the impoverished (...)

Ryanair has announced plans for the fifth year of its Always Getting Better programme for 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Air liberalisation coming to Africa Africa’s aviation industry is expected to be transformed after an agreement on liberalisation was signed on Monda(...)

Kurdish boys, refugees from Kobane, pictured in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, in 2015, as they wait to return to Syria. Photograph: Getty

Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human s(...)

Shell has been in Africa’s biggest oil producer the longest. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell should face investigations in three countries for alleged complicity in Nigerian government abuses, including murder and rape, more (...)

 Myeshia Johnson she kisses the casket of her husband army Sgt La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery in Hollywood, Florida. Photograph: Gaston de Cardenas/AFP/Getty Images

The controversy over US president Donald Trump’s phone call to a widow of a US soldier killed during an ambush in Niger has deepened after the preside(...)

White House chief of staff John Kelly said an investigation was under way into the circumstances surrounding the ambush that killed four US troops in Niger earlier this month. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

White House chief of staff John Kelly defended US president Donald Trump’s handling of a phone call with the widow of a fallen US soldier as the four-(...)

US president Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly. Mr Kelly’s son, like the retired general a US marine, died in Afghanistan in 2010. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/EPA

The mother of a US soldier killed in an ambush in Niger said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump disrespected her family during a call with the m(...)

Migrants at a detention centre in Zawiyah, Libya, in 2015: there are claims Rome has been paying off Libyan warlords and militias linked to people-traffickers. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Italian officials have reported sharp falls in the numbers of migrants and refugees travelling to their shores from Libya across the central Mediterra(...)

Vice Admiral Mellett: nominated by government as chair of the EU’s military committee, the highest military role in the union. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to nominate the chief of staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, for appointment to the highest military position w(...)

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