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Sibeth Ndiaye: Emmanuel Macron relies on the 37-year-old bundle of energy who stands out among the geeks and hipsters who dominate his entourage. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

She is a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s inner circle, one of the adoring staff who helped him win the May 7th election. Sibeth Ndiaye, the pre(...)

There is as yet no vaccine available for the Zika virus, though human testing of a live vaccine has begun in Austria. Photograph: EPA/Esteban Biba

Last year many people were very worried about travelling to Latin America, the Caribbean and southern states of the United States when it was confirme(...)

No palm tree left unclimbed: Like a Fianna Fáil politician seeking the last vote up a mountain boreen, diplomats canvassed every remote corner of the oceans from the Comoros to Vanuatu. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The trigger has been pulled and the tortuous journey has begun. The diplomatic corps has been reshuffled. Experienced ambassadors have been assigned t(...)

Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow meeting Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson on Tuesday in Banjul. Photograph: Kuku Marong/AP

Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, will be publicly sworn in on Saturday in a ceremony marking the west African country’s emergence from more than (...)

Tidiane Thiam and Amadou Binta Konté:  music like an ode to the sleepy landscape

Among the glittering array of contemporary Senegalese musicians, Amadou Binta Konté is a relatively undiscovered gem. His low profile has a lot to do (...)

Women walk past a billboard bearing a picture of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh in his home town of Kanilai.  Photograph: Seyllouseyllou/AFP/Getty Images

He smiles out from giant posters on either side of the palace gates, watching over the locals as they go about their daily business under the bushy ma(...)

A peaceful transition

Yahya Jammeh is now safely ensconsed in exile, in a comfort assured by his ill-gotten plunder. Gambia’s former president Jammeh will feel at home in h(...)

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(...)

Supporters of President Adama Barrow cheer the Senegalese soldiers on patrol in Banjul, Gambia, on Sunday. Photograph: Legan Koula/EPA

Exiled Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh has been accused of stealing millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, and shipping out luxury vehicles by ca(...)

Adama Barrow:  called for regional and international support after being  sworn into office on Thursday. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Gambia’s embattled, long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, who lost a December election but refused to recognise the result, has agreed to step down and go in(...)

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