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Somalia’s al Shabaab, a brutal jihadist militia linked to al Qaeda, has over the past two years been on the retreat, its forces expelled by Somali and(...)

Residents gather near the scene of a massacre by unidentified gunmen in  the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Photograph: Joseph Okanga/Reuters

At least 50 people were killed when suspected Islamist gunmen in minibuses sped into a town on Kenya’s coast, shooting soccer fans watching a World Cu(...)

Mike Aynsley: has joined the board of African money service business Dahabshill Transfer Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mike Aynsley, the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, has joined the board of African money service business (MSB) Dahabshill Transfer Serv(...)

Mike Aynsley: “The Anglo emphasis internally was rather negative, as it was working out past problems created by bad management practices”

Somalia, if it features in news reports, is inevitably linked to pirates, terrorism and religious extremism. Like the former Anglo Irish Bank, which M(...)

President Barack Obama’s speech at the class of 2014 graduation ceremony in West Point military academy offered further justification for his foreign (...)

Ifrah Ahmed: FGM is now illegal in Ireland and Ifrah hopes to stop the practice of it in Somalia. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I was born and brought up in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. In 1996 I left the city with some members of my family in order to escape the conflict(...)

The death chamber and the  viewing room are seen at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville in Texas. Photograph: Reuters

Despite a long-term decline in the number of countries practicing capital punishment, publicly disclosed executions jumped nearly 15 per cent in 20(...)

Children gather around soldiers from the US army’s 4th squadron 2nd cavalry regiment  distributing school supplies in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The proposed tightening of US military belts, the biggest change to America’s armed forces in generations, is recognition that the country’s mi(...)

24-year-old Somali-born Ifrah Ahmed, who is campaigning at home and abroad against FGM. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ifrah Ahmed will go home to Somalia next month for the first time since she left there as a refugee seven years ago. Then 17, she has achieved a huge (...)

Medecins Sans Frontieres staff  treat a suspected Ebola patient in the isolation unit of Kampungu in Congo. Photograph: Reuters

While Ireland’s missionaries and aid volunteers have played a disproportionate role in ministering to Africa’s poorest, few travel memoirs have been w(...)

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