Pastoralists on a dry plain in central Mali, one of the seven Sahel countries hit by a wave of deadly attacks.
A big rise in armed attacks in the Sahel - and the intensity of the attacks in recent years - is now seen as a major source of concern.
Could a North-African migrant become the Prime minister of a European country in the 21st century? In the 19th century, a Greek slave rose to the highest ranks in Tunis. The Bey of Tunis, Muhammad Sādiq Bāšā-Bey, greets Napoleon III in Algiers, on 20 September 1860.
A. de Belle Ksar Saïd Museum
When we think of migrants, we think of them crossing the Mediterranean to come to Europe. Yet 200 years ago, many did it the other way.
A US army team carry the remains of Sgt. Dustin Wright, one of the soldiers killed in Niger.
Reuters/Aaron J. Jenne/US Air Force
If the US, simply focuses on trying to hunt down jihadist leaders in Niger it will be missing an opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in the region.
By the end of the 1990s, the idea of encroaching deserts had become difficult to defend.
Africa's great green wall suffers from a major mismatch between ambition and effort. But that's not to say it should be ditched altogether.
European Commission DG ECHO / flickr
Poverty and conflict mean the nation is struggling to deal with rising temperatures.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco (right) arrives at the 28th African Union session.
By admitting South Sudan and Morocco to the African Union, the continental organisation has proven yet again that its commitment to upholding its own democratic ideals is lacking.
The world's biggest desert used to be green, lush and full of hippos. A new theory suggests humans could have tipped the environment over the edge.
Morocco’s return to the African Union raises questions about the body’s continued commitment to anti-colonialism and its pan-Africanism.
The African Union sees Africa as a sealed off geographic entity. Yet it remains remarkably quiet about the many bits of Africa that are geographically part of it but do not consider it their home.
Cooking veg for 10,000 years.
The proof is in the pottery.
How the dustiest place on Earth fuels the biodiversity of the Amazon and causes mud rain in Europe.
Welcome to your summer holidays, 750m years ago.
More evidence that planet Earth has gone through various frozen phases.
Sahara on the move.
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