Sahel

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, and trainer Sgt John Maloney watch local soldiers undergo training manoeuvre at a training camp in Mali. Photograph: Harry McGee

It is a ghost village, with four rows of concrete houses stretching along a long empty street. The population all left some years ago for some reasons(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the annual Christian Social Union (CSU) party meeting at Kloster Seeon  in Seeon, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will begin a week-long visit to Mali and Ethiopia on Sunday. It will be his longest continuous visit outside the State since (...)

Cpt Ciara Ní Ruairc,  from Kildare, is part of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which was first deployed in 1991

It’s not everyone’s choice of a spot to spend the summer – a dugout in the Golan Heights, or a live-fire training camp in Mali – although there are ot(...)

United Nations peacekeepers stand guard in the northern Mali town of Kouroume. Photograph: Adama Diarra/Reuters

Suspected jihadists killed 40 Tuaregs, mostly young men, in two attacks in northern Mali’s Menaka region, which the local governor said seemed calcula(...)

President Higgins, flanked by his wife Sabina, warmly embraces Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo. Photograph: Tom Honan

The world can draw inspiration from Pope Francis and Irish missionaries had been wonderful ambassadors for Ireland and for their faith, President Mich(...)

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 (...)

Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita talks with French president Emmanuel Macron in Bamako, Mali. Photograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

African powers launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel on Sunday, which French president Emmanuel Macron(...)

Men hang a banner for the inauguration ceremony of Gambian president Adama Barrow prior to his return  in Banjul,  Gambia. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Thousands of people lined the streets of Gambia’s capital Banjul on Thursday to welcome home new president Adama Barrow days after authoritarian leade(...)

François Hollande: The French president  with army chief of staff Gen Pierre de Villiers (left) and Hollande’s chief of staff, Gen Benoît Puga (right), on October 1st, 2014. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama and François Hollande are considered progressive leftists, but the presidents of the US and France, whose terms of office are drawing to(...)

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