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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(...)

Exceeding 1.5 degrees could offer taste of impacts and more extreme weather events to come. Photograph: iStock

The world faces a 50 per cent chance of warming by 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels – if only briefly – by 2026, the World Meteorological Organ(...)

A man crosses through burning barricades in central  Ouagadougou on Sunday. Photograph: Olympia de Maismont/AFP via Getty Images

Burkina Faso’s army said on Monday it had ousted President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, suspended the country’s constitution, dissolved the government (...)

Malians protest against sanctions  imposed  by the Economic Community of West African States. File photograph: EPA

A group of 13 prominent non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have warned that new sanctions on Mali could have a “devastating impact” on a country wh(...)

European troops training members of the Malian military.  Twenty Irish Defence Forces personnel are participating in the EU mission to train Mali’s army. Photograph: Mary Fitzgerald

The Army Ranger Wing (ARW), the Defence Forces’s special forces unit, is to cease counter-terrorism operations in Mali this year. The move would free(...)

A UN police officer escorts an armoured car of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Mali  during a night patrol in Timbuktu on December 8th. Photograph:  Florent Vergnes/AFP via Getty Images

On his arrival in the Saharan Malian town of Timbuktu in 2013 to celebrate its liberation from Islamists with the help of French forces, France’s then(...)

The failed resolution touched on one of the themes of Ireland’s term on the security council: the link between conflict and global warming. Photograph: Piotr Redlinski/The New York Times

For months Ireland and Niger led efforts to win support for a United Nations Security Council resolution that for the first time would have defined cl(...)

The resolution sought to take action to prevent conflict posed by climate change and to make the issue a permanent fixture on the council’s agenda. Photograph: iStock

Russia has vetoed a United Nations security council resolution on climate and security brought forward by Ireland and Niger, which was co-sponsored by(...)

Trócaire said that while Ireland had increased its climate finance contributions it was short of its ‘fair share’, which should be in the order of €475m a year. File photograph: Getty

Ireland is “falling seriously short in its contribution to avert the gravest crisis facing humanity and must step up its commitments to pay its fair s(...)

Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron met at France’s Vatican embassy in Rome on Friday, ahead of the G20 leaders’ summit this weekend. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

President of the United States Joe Biden has moved to repair his damaged personal and political relationship with French president Emmanuel Macron by (...)

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