Al-Qaeda militant Abdelmalek Droukdel has been killed by French forces in Mali. File photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty

France said on Friday its military forces had killed al-Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had bee(...)

A man helps a wounded child after heavily armed gunmen opened fire on March 13th at a hotel in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam. At least 18 people were killed when heavily-armed gunmen opened fire, leaving bodies strewn on the beach. Photograph: Sia-Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Only a few years after French troops broke up its desert stronghold and scattered its fighters into the dunes, al-Qaeda’s branch in West Africa has r(...)