The charred interior of the Gabon’s parliament after it was burned in post-election protests in Libreville.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Muslim women are often criticised for their lack of political involvement, but Algerian women have embraced both anti-colonial and feminist movements.
Kenyan youth chant in celebration before the arrival of Pope Francis at the Kasarani stadium in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The African Union has identified youth as critical for development. But, a new survey reveals a wide gap between these aspirations and the reality of youth public engagement on the continent.
MRI scanners need liquid helium to cool their magnets.
Vast reserves of crucial helium have been found in Tanzania. Here's how the scientists did it.
So much more can be achieved if African researchers work together.
There are a number of stumbling blocks to intra African collaboration. These must be addressed to ensure that research is not duplicated and that findings are shared.
An exhibition about France’s long history in Algeria.
France's colonial legacy remains an uncomfortable subject.
Algerians know that Abdelaziz Bouteflika can’t go on forever.
The "deep state" has been a problem in Algeria for decades, but at last it's being turfed out. Or is it?
Tunisian women marking International Women’s Day. The country scores poorly when it comes to women’s safety.
The world is generally not safe for women. But some projects in North Africa provide a glimpse of hope as the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The morning after November 13.
Terrorists have attacked leaders and civilians in France many times before, and for a dizzying array of reasons.
Robert Mugabe, the nonagenarian Zimbabwean president, is the poster boy for Africa’s ageing leaders.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
The “Africa we want” envisioned by the AU can be built - but not without universities’ help and hard work.
Higher education can play a key role in pursuing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration will be crucial.
Algerian actors reenact the Algerian war against France during the 2012 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence.
Franz Fanon's writings were forged in the crucible of the Algerian liberation war which inspired struggles against racism and colonialism around the world. Half a century on, he continues to inspire.
Nigeria and Algeria both fell out of the World Cup at the last 16 stage, competing heroically against France and Germany and showing amazing discipline and shape for 70 of the 90 minutes. Then tiredness…
Syrian troops on patrol in Aleppo. Historically, what has the role of counterinsurgencies been in conflict zones?
The Syrian civil war is in its 31st month and shows few signs of abating. The death toll is now estimated at over 115,000, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Understanding this level…