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A file photograph of a pirate standing on a rocky outcrop on the coast in Hobyo, central Somalia. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images.

Eritrean forces boarded a merchant vessel that was in their territorial waters in an incident the crew initially reported as a pirate attack, maritim(...)

A group of al Shabaab militants pictured in Somalia last October. File Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

A grenade attack on a popular nightclub outside the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa wounded at least 10 people today. The incident occurred at 3.30am l(...)

A firefighter looks at a destroyed car at the scene of an explosion outside the Jazira hotel in Mogadishu. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

Three bombs exploded within an hour outside a hotel frequented by government officials in a heavily fortified district of the Somali capital on Wednes(...)

Cairo University students supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed president Mohamed Mursi shout slogans at the university’s campus. Photograph: Reuters

Egypt’s security forces have detained a team of journalists working for al-Jazeera English, arresting three men in a dusk raid on an office and appreh(...)

 Usain Bolt celebrates his victory in the  200 metres  at the World Championships in Moscow. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA

Just when it seemed plausible to get one last Christmas out of giving friends a cassette tape mix of my favourite running tracks, along came Spotify a(...)

Irish troops on patrol with Kfor, the peace enforcing mission in Kosovo. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Off the coast of Somalia, men and women from across Europe are proving the old adage that no news can be good news. Stories of piracy used to make fro(...)

Denmark and New Zealand were found to be the least corrupt on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013. Image: Transparency International

Ireland is ranked number 21 out of 177 countries named on the annual ‘corruption’ index published by Transparency International, up from a ranking of (...)

Security forces search for gunmen at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya last September. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Four people have been charged over the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Kenya, which killed 67 people.Charges against the four Somali nationals in(...)

After 22 years of war, Somalia’s is a military – estimated at some 10,000-strong – with little resembling a proper command structure, let alone esprit de corps. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

The man in the back of the pick-up truck driving along a Mogadishu street is wearing military fatigues with the pale blue starred Somali flag sewn on (...)

Life in Mogadishu: children play on an abandoned truck in front of the destroyed former parliament building. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

‘Welcome to Somalia” reads the sign, in Somali and English, greeting travellers as they walk out of Mogadishu’s ramshackle airport. On a wall nearby i(...)

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