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Displaced people from Baga listen to President Goodluck Jonathan speaking in a camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on January 15th, 2015. Photograph:  /Olatunji Omirinolatunji Omirin/AFP/Getty Images

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next w(...)

Members of the “anti-Balaka” Christian militia in Bangui, Central African Republic, last year. The UN commission accuses the militia of war crimes and the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP

A United Nations commission of inquiry says it has found evidence of ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, but it could not pro(...)

Fr Bernard Kinvi: running a mission in Bossemptele, in the Central African Republic,  that includes a hospital, school and church.

Outside the doors of the historic Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg, where Germany’s Nazis were tried for carrying out humanity’s worst crimes almost 70 y(...)

Kenyan policemen patrol the Kenya-Somalia border near the town of Mandera on December 4th after al Shabaab militants killed 36 workers at a quarry in  northeast Kenya on December 2nd. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

Rebels from the Islamist al Shabaab group attacked a military base in southern Somalia early on Monday, killing at least 10 soldiers and burning tw(...)

Former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Former foreign minister Michel Kafando has been appointed transitional president of Burkina Faso. This is seen as a step towards returning the West (...)

President Michael D Higgins with Dr Nkosazana Dalmini Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union Commission at the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell.

The use of traditional culture as a cover for abuse of human rights was rejected by members of the African Union Commission at a meeting with Presiden(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Ethiopian president Dr Mulatu Teshome, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa yesterday. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

An agreement signed on behalf of the Irish and Ethiopian governments yesterday has cleared the way for the first scheduled flights to take place betw(...)

The Burkina Faso military appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida (left) as provisional head of state on Saturday after longtime president Blaise Compaore stepped down on Friday following two days of mass protests. The African Union and Western powers who want to see a swift return to civilian rule. Photograph: Legnan Koula/EPA.

Burkina Faso’s army will quickly cede power to a transitional government and appoint a new head of state, the country’s interim president Isaac Zida s(...)

Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans against military rule at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. Photograph: Joe Penney /Reuters

Thousands gathered today in the centre of Burkina Faso’s capital to denounce what they called a military coup, two days after mass protests forced Pre(...)

Anti-government protesters gather in the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, today. Photograph:  Joe Penney/Reuters

The head of Burkina Faso’s armed forces took power today after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass protests against an attempt to extend his(...)

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