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 Rashid Charles Mberesero stands in the dock with Osman Abdi Dakane, Sahal Diriye Hussein, Hassan Aden Hassan, Mohamed Abdi Abikar at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Five men were charged on Thursday in connection with an attack by Somali Islamist gunmen on Garissa university in northeast Kenya that killed 148 stud(...)

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a review of how the body dealt with claims of child sexual abuse by soldiers from France, Chad and Equatorial Guinea in the Central African Republic. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday that he would set up an external independent review of how the world body handled (...)

Seventy thousand of its people have fled to neighbouring countries while gun battles could yesterday be heard across Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, whe(...)

A detained protester cries in front of a burning barricade during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Rival military groups have been battling for control of the Burundi capital, a day after a former intelligence chief staged an attempted coup again(...)

Ethiopian workers on the Grand Renaissance Dam near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border. The $4.8 billion (€4.5bn) project will provide not just Ethiopia with power but also allow the exporting of energy to neighbouring countries. Photograph: Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images

Is Addis Ababa falling down? On first view the city appears tumbledown with half-finished buildings, deserted roadworks, no pavements and battered cor(...)

  South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (c) addressing a crowd during a visit to affected areas after recent anti-immigrant attacks in the port city of Durban. Mr Zuma said the attacks go against the beliefs of the majority of South Africa. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS/EPA

South Africa’s president cancelled a trip abroad in order to deal with a series of attacks on immigrants in the country that have killed at least six (...)

South Africans gather  outside a hostel during anti-immigrant  violence in Johannesburg. South Africa has sought diplomatic support from  African nations to defeat the ‘demon’ of anti-immigrant violence in the country.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across Africa to defeat the “demon” of anti-immigrant violence in the country, in which at least(...)

The scene of an attack by Islamist militants on the  ministry for higher education offices in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Photograph: Ismail Taxta/Reuters

Ten people have been killed in an assault on a government office complex in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Seven of the attackers were also killed, acc(...)

Ethiopian troops escort a convoy of trucks carrying food aid in Baidoa, Somalia, on June 10th, 2014. Despite a broad international military campaign to dislodge the Shabab from its strongholds in Somalia, the group has adapted, evolved and remains deadly. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

They have lost their leader, their ports, their checkpoints and their territory. They have lost thousands of men and much of their money. They do not (...)

A woman prays during a special Easter mass at the Holy Family Basilica Catholic Church for the victims of the Garissa University attack in Nairobi. Photograph:Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The Kenyan air force has bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) source said, in the first major military response to las(...)

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