A French soldier during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Operation Barkhane in Mali in 2017.
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It's been 60 years since most of France's former colonies in Africa gained independence. But France still maintains a significant military presence on the continent.
Supporters of Cameroonian President Paul Biya outside the French embassy in Yaounde.
The African Union's intervention track record in conflict situations is mixed.
The government of President Idriss Deby in Chad blocked citizens’ internet access for 16 months.
Social media is shaping Africa’s political engagement in diverse and complex ways.
Newspapers in Swahili and in English in Dar es Salaam. The media is increasingly not trusted in Tanzania.
In a surprising change in trends, citizens in many African countries increasingly support government restrictions of press freedom.
Smoking is a threat to public health.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.
An aerial view of the ever-changing Lake Chad.
Scientists are trying to figure out what risks changes in Lake Chad's levels pose to people in the region.
AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Flickr/Embassy of Equatorial Guinea
The African Peer Review Mechanism got off to a good start, but enthusiasm soon waned.
Liberia’s President George Weah has ruffled feathers by proposing changes to citizenship laws.
Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily "racist" and restrictive.
The people of Niger have been protesting against the presence of foreign troops in their country.
The build-up of foreign armed forces does not bode well for the citizens of Niger.
Women teachers can be powerful role models for girls.
Female teachers can act as role models who enhance girls’ motivation and learning outcomes.
Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza is one of many authoritarian African leaders.
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More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The US Secretary of State's mission to Africa will produce few benefits for the continent or for US-Africa relations.
Paul Kagame has exercised firm personal control over Rwanda’s politics since becoming president in 2000.
The Rwandan model can't be replicated easily given that it depends heavily on political dominance and tight, centralised control of patronage networks.
Many girls in Dar es Salaam’s slums drop out of school because of the costs involved.
Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
The Taung child (foreground) was the first of a long series of human ancestors discovered in Africa.
Recent research suggests that humankind's origins lay outside of Africa. This is the nature of science: a paradigm that cannot be questioned on a regular basis becomes a dogma.
A family waves the flag of Chad’s ruling party.
Evidence doesn't support the Trump administration's claims that Chad failed to share information or that its citizens are an identifiable threat.
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Poverty and conflict mean the nation is struggling to deal with rising temperatures.
Former Chadian President Hissène Habré defiant as he leaves court in Dakar in 2005.
Former Chadian president Hissène Habré's fate will be sealed by the appeals judgment in a part domestic and international trial bringing closure to victims and human rights champions after a 20 years.
Burundian refugees wait at the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kagunga village in Kigoma region, western Tanzania.
Several countries across Africa are overburdened by a lack of space and financial support for refugees.
Armed men protecting their livestock from rivals in a dry northern Kenya region which borders South Sudan and Uganda.
Ending a war is not enough. The challenge for post-conflict situations in Africa is to escape the inter-war lawlessness maintained and reproduced by groups that have access to arms.