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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(...)

People shelter under a tree as locusts take flight in Laisamis, Kenya: swarms are likely to disrupt agricultural production and supply routes, leaving millions hungry. Photograph: Khadija Farah/New York Times

A new generation of desert locusts is spreading across east Africa, posing a significant threat to food supplies across the region. Aid organisation(...)

The chieftains face Mecca – and the Great Green Wall. Photograph: Boubacar Badji

For five hours we travelled, heading north from Senegal’s capital, Dakar, towards the Sahara. The villages got smaller and smaller until at last there(...)

 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 (...)

Supporters of Libyan military strongman Khalika Haftar carry an effigy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  in Benghazi  on February 14th. Photograph:  Abdullah Doma/AFP via Getty Images

Pick-up trucks carrying fighters from Libya’s Brothers Brigade speed along sandy roads, past the carcasses of burnt-out cars, shuttered shops and wrec(...)

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(...)

Yemeni children in the city of Taez listen to their teacher this month in a destroyed classroom at their school which was heavily damaged in an air strike during fighting between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Huthi rebels. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images

Two decades ago, nearly 10 million children did not live to see a fifth birthday. By 2017, that number – about 1 in every 16 children – was nearly cu(...)

File image of members of the Army Ranger Wing during a training exercise at the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Members of the Army Ranger Wing, the special forces arm of the Irish Defence Forces, will depart in the days ahead on a deployment to Mali – deemed to(...)

Troops from the 55th Infantry Group photographed in March 2017 during an exercise in the Glen of Imall, Co Wicklow. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Defence Forces representative body has expressed anger and frustration at the Government’s delay in publishing the Public Pay Commission report on(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January. The existing troops are there in a non-combat training role.

Ireland went to war twice this week. One of these conflicts – the one that dominated public discussion – was a running joke. The idea that diplomatic (...)

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