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A  Somali MP exits a voting booth in Garowe in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region back in 2014.  The presidential election takes place  this  Sunday. Photograph: AFP via Getty

A record 39 candidates are running for Somalia’s long-awaited presidential election, which will take place on Sunday after being stalled for more than(...)

The view from a hotel in the Halane Base Camp, Mogadishu. Photograph: Sally Hayden

What’s it like to fly into one of the most dangerous cities in the world? In the case of Mogadishu, the experience is extraordinarily beautiful. The (...)

Newly sworn-in legislators take the oath in Mogadishu’s heavily protected airport: Somalia has not had a functioning government since Siad Barre’s socialist regime collapsed in 1991. Photograph: Hasan Ali Elmi/AFP

More than 200 new Somali MPs were sworn in on Thursday following a security panic, when mortar shells fired by al-Qaeda-aligned militant group al-Shab(...)

 According to Somali state television, security forces killed two militants attempting to burst into the Halane military base, located near the airport. Photograph: Said Yusuf Warsame/EP

Somali security forces have killed two armed attackers who tried to burst into an army base near Mogadishu’s international on Wednesday, state media (...)

A member of the Ethiopian republican marching band at the ceremony for the inaugural production of energy at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Photograph:  Amanuel Sileshi/AFP via Getty

After years of wrangling over Ethiopia’s controversial dam on the Blue Nile, the massive turbines have begun producing electricity, generating fear i(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and French president Emmanuel Macron at an extraordinary meeting of EU leaders to discuss Ukraine at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Pool/ AP

The European Union would quickly slap “robust” sanctions on Russia if it proceeds with a feared invasion of Ukraine, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said(...)

Ethiopians from the Tigrayan region living in South Africa hold placards during a protest outside the US Embassy in Pretoria on January 26th. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty

Almost 40 per cent of the six million people living in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the epicentre of a protracted civil war, are facing extreme (...)

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates will be joined by three external trustees on the board of the organisation. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning a massive expansion of its annual giving as the world’s largest private philanthropic organisation(...)

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 (...)

  Ethiopian president Sahle-Work Zewde (centre)  attends the celebration of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas at a church in Lalibela. Photograph: Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

During this month’s Orthodox Christmas, the Ethiopian government delivered its war-weary citizens a festive surprise – Addis Ababa released several op(...)

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