South Africa rugby captain Siya Kilosi is backing the #MaskingForAFriend campaign. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

An international coalition of hundreds of organisations, scientists and philanthropists has announced its intention to “ignite a global movement to he(...)

Ethiopia’s prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed:  recognised for bringing an end to conflict between Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea, along with domestic reforms. Photograph: Fredrik Varfjell/AFP

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, where he was recognised for his work in bringing an end to conflic(...)

People line-up  to vote in Zimbabwe’s election in Kwekwe early on Monday. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

European Union observers have said the vote in Zimbabwe’s general election was “very smooth” in some places and “totally disorganised” in others. Pr(...)

George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), arriving at his party’s headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia on Wednesday. Photograph:  Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters

Former soccer star George Weah’s camp said on Wednesday he was set to win Liberia’s presidential election run-off against vice-president Joseph Boakai(...)

Former professional footballer George Weah and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change, arrives to cast his ballot during presidential elections at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon

Liberia went to the polls on Tuesday for a presidential election that voters hope will mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power in over (...)

George Weah at home on Rehab Road, Paynesville suburb, Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

There’s a kerfuffle in the court of King George. Ex-soccer star George Weah, who is leading the race to become Liberia’s next president, has just issu(...)

Takun J (middle) with Adama Dennis (right) at the Redemption Beach compound in Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

On Redemption Beach, a small crowd has gathered, agitating for a glimpse of a man they call the “King of Hipco”. Takun J, pioneer of a musical genre(...)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: some of her critics  believe she only took the job of chairwoman of the African Union Commission to enhance her profile back in South Africa. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

Outgoing African Union Commission chairwoman Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to soon enter the race to succeed her ex-husband, Jacob Zuma, as p(...)

Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow arrives to meet with a delegation of West African leaders in relation to his country’s presidentali election crisis. Photograph: Afolabi Soktunde/Reuters

Gambia’s ruling APRC party on Tuesday filed a petition to its supreme court challenging the outcome of the December 1st election which its candidate, (...)

A girl holds a gun in a truck just prior to a rebel attack in July 2003 outside Monrovia in Liberia. The UN believes arms dealers used HSBC accounts. Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty

It was a scene of incredible carnage. In July 2003, a recently re-armed rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, resumed its tw(...)

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