Nigeria

Nigeria: 1,000 hostages rescued from Boko Haram

Regional task force helps to secure the release of the captives, mostly women and children, army spokesman says.

Nigeria: 1,000 hostages rescued from Boko Haram

Muslim Ban

US takes Chad off travel ban list

US officials say the removal of the travel restrictions will take effect on Friday.

US takes Chad off travel ban list

Africa

Lake Chad: 'Rate of its shrinking is getting faster'

One of the world's largest water bodies has been considerably shrinking in the last 100 years, threatening the resources and livelihoods in the Sahel region of Africa.

Africa

Army HQ and French embassy attacked in Burkina Faso

At least 16 people, including eight attackers, killed in the coordinated assaults in the West African country's capital.

Africa

G5 Sahel military force still needs money

Only half of the projected $500m that the G5 Sahel force needs has been raised, and African leaders are pushing the international community for more funding.

Qatar

Qatar restores relations with Chad

Qatar and Chad have signed Memorandum of Understanding restoring diplomatic relations.

Qatar and Chad restore relations, first since blockade

Humanitarian crises

Oxfam deputy resigns over aid mission sex scandals

UK charity's second-in-command steps down as handling of prostitute scandals threatens crucial government funding.

Oxfam's Penny Lawrence quits over charity's scandals

Libya

Slavery in Libya: Life inside a container

Two Eritreans, sold as slaves, share harrowing details of their time inside illegal detention centres in Libya.

Slavery in Libya: Life inside a container

Opinion

Why is Sudan off the 'Muslim ban' but Chad is on it?

The Trump administration is using travel bans to extract favours from foreign governments.

Nisrin Elamin

by Nisrin Elamin

Nisrin Elamin

Africa

Five-nation Sahel force 'an ill-conceived escalation'

Analysts say creation of five-nation counterterrorism force in the Sahel region is likely to cause more harm than good.

G5 Sahel counterterrorism force explained

Opinion

Lake Chad Basin: One long climate catastrophe

Climate change is feeding poverty, instability, hunger and violence in the Lake Chad basin.

Alexander Carius

by Alexander Carius

Alexander Carius

Africa

W African, French leaders set up 5,000-strong force

New force, meant to be operational soon, will be deployed in the region along with a 12,000-strong UN mission in Mali.

Africa

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

French president meets West African leaders to support new 5,000-strong force to fight armed groups in the region.

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

Africa

Boko Haram attacks blamed for deaths in Nigeria, Chad

Nine civilians are killed in suicide attacks in Nigeria's Maiduguri, while eight troops die in raid in next-door Chad.

Boko Haram attacks blamed for deaths in Nigeria, Chad