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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(...)

Somalian soldiers secure a beach next to the the Indian Ocean in Barawe yesterday. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

Suspected Islamist rebels detonated a car bomb in front of a popular cafe in the Somali capital yesterday evening, killing at least seven people, poli(...)

Uhuru Kenyatta, dressed in blue, arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday as he departs to attend the hearing at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Photograph: Noor Khamis/Reuters

The decision by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta to step down temporarily to avoid becoming the first sitting president to appear before the Internati(...)

The port town of Barawe had been fully controlled by al-Shabab with almost no government presence since 2006. Image: Google Maps

African Union and Somali troops took control of the al-Shabaab militant stronghold of Barawe along the southern Somali coast, after the al-Qaeda-linke(...)

Members of an Ebola burial team collect the body of a suspected Ebola victim from a home in Monrovia, Liberia. The WHO said  the number of afflicted patients was increasing exponentially and that nearly all the country has confirmed cases and that all new treatment facilities are overwhelmed. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, (...)

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta had pleaded not guilty to five counts of crimes against humanity. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The trial of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, the most important in the 12-year history of the International Criminal Court (ICC), will not open as s(...)

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, whose trial is scheduled to start on October 7th, denies orchestrating post-election violence in 2008 in which some 1,200 people died. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) meets today amid claims that Kenya has deliberately obstructed the trial of its president, Uhuru Kenyatta(...)

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan (4th left) visits the scene of a bomb blast that occurred on Wednesday at the business district in Wuse 2 in Abuja. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said today that the country has entered one of the darkest phases of its history as he visited the scene of a bom(...)

Somalia’s al Shabaab, a brutal jihadist militia linked to al Qaeda, has over the past two years been on the retreat, its forces expelled by Somali and(...)

Seleka fighters stand in line at a Seleka base in Bambari, Central African Republic on  May 31st. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Central African Republic authorities have told mobile phone operators to suspend text messages following calls on services for a nationwide civil diso(...)

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