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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo meets with Angolan foreign minister Manuel Domingos Augusto  in Luanda, Angola. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynold/Pool via Reuters

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has begun the third leg of his African tour, arriving in Ethiopia following stops in Senegal and Angola, in a trip w(...)

American singer Akon: has expanded his philanthropic efforts, setting up the Akoin Foundation “to empower young entrepreneurs first in Africa”. Photograph: Claude Paris

American-born musician Akon has finalised plans to set up his own city in Senegal, which he says will be named “Akon City” and run on a cryptocurrency(...)

A Tullow interest in Kenya: Having a stomach for oil at all takes a particularly tough type of investor in these climate-conscious days. Photograph: Reuters

The whiff of sulphur around Tullow Oil’s stock continues to linger. Shares in the company, founded in 1985 by one-time Aer Lingus accountant Aidan H(...)

French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye speaks during a session of questions to the government at the French National Assembly in Paris. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images

The men and women who surround French president Emmanuel Macron tend to be graduates of the elite grandes écoles, well-dressed but in drab colours, re(...)

Alima Doumbouya from France. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Alima Doumbouya never felt different before she moved to the Basque country in southwestern France in her early 20s. Growing up in the Parisian suburb(...)

Aidan Heavey’s new venture Boru aims to exploit divestment drive by big energy company.

After pledging to end his career in the oil and gas sector with Tullow, the company he founded in the mid 1980s, it seems Aidan Heavey has had a chang(...)

Aidan Heavey speaking at a Tullow Oil annual general meeting in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A year since stepping down as chairman of Tullow Oil, Irishman Aidan Heavey appears to be plotting a return to the world of oil and gas exploration. (...)

A giraffe with two calves. Photograph: iStock

Conservationists have hailed a “big win” for threatened giraffes as countries agreed to protect the African animals from unregulated trade. Giraffes (...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: “This was a terrorist attack that was designed to go viral,” said Ms Ardern in a video discussing the Christchurch Call initiative.  Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Details have emerged of a plan by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron to eliminate terrorist and violent co(...)

 Japan’s Olympic Committee President (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda  says he will step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Tsunekazu Takeda, is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo l(...)

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