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The first arrival of 66 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya at the Kigali international airport in  Rwanda. Photograph: Minema/AFP

The first group of what is expected to be hundreds of evacuees have been moved to Rwanda from Libya, under a new programme involving the African Union(...)

A migrant detention centre in Tripoli, Libya, in 2015.  Refugees and migrants who spoke to The Irish Times by phone were apprehensive about a move to Rwanda. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Hundreds of refugees in Libya are expected to be moved to Rwanda in the coming weeks, under a new deal partly funded by the European Union. “This is (...)

Sahra Mohamed and Marya Abdulah get drinking water from the Concern and Echo-funded water catchment tank in northern Somaliland. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide

Somaliland is a region in the north of Somali with its own government and ambitions for statehood. The former British protectorate received independen(...)

 Sudanese protesters wave flag during a demonstration called for by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) to denounce the July 29 Al-Obeid killings, in  Khartoum on August 1, 2019.Photograph by Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Sudan’s military council and the main opposition coalition have reached an agreement to usher in a new period of transitional government, African Unio(...)

US president Donald Trump  at a White House event this week. His scattergun approach to virtually all policies has left the US’s traditional allies and his own staff reeling. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

This week there was only one real story in Washington. At a reception at the Irish Embassy for departing diplomats on Wednesday all talk was of Kim Da(...)

Besides agriculture, Phil Hogan has been an influential figure within the commission in articulating Ireland’s case on Brexit. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Guenther Oettinger has an impossible task as budget commissioner, it is being said, as he tries to frame a new European Union between 2021 and 2027 in(...)

People celebrate in Khartoum on Friday after protest leaders agree a deal with the country’s military to share power until elections can be held. Photograph: Marwan Ali/EPA

Sudan’s protest leaders were on Friday celebrating a deal to share power with the country’s military until elections can be held as a victory for thei(...)

Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) met in Nigerian capital Abuja on Saturday before making the announcement.

Fifteen West African nations have announced more details about their plan for a new shared currency, the Eco, which they hope to launch in 2020. The (...)

 Sudan’s veteran opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi has called  for an ‘objective’ international investigation into last week’s deadly crackdown on protesters, after the ruling military council rejected such an intervention. Photograph: Yasuyoshi China/AFP/Getty Images

Outside mediation is needed to defuse Sudan’s crisis because the ruling military council and opposition distrust each other too deeply for direct tal(...)

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, arrives to mediate in the political crisis that has followed after the overthrow of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan on Friday. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

Ethiopia’s prime minister sought to mediate Sudan’s political crisis on Friday, urging military rulers and civilian opposition to exercise “bravery” i(...)

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