As army fights Boko Haram, Maiduguri turns to ghost town

When Boko Haram launched a deadly attack on Maiduguri on Sunday, the usually bustling city of almost two million went eerily quiet… except for the sounds of artillery throughout the morning. Our Observers describe scenes from a city under attack. Read more…

Foreign shopkeepers targeted in Soweto looting spree

Dozens of shops owned by foreigners were attacked and looted last week in Soweto, a neighbourhood in southwest Johannesburg. The violence broke out after a youngster was killed by a Somali shopkeeper during an attempted robbery. Read more...

The doctors working on Ukraine’s frontline without pay, supplies

Even the hospitals aren't safe in eastern Ukraine. On Monday, a shell smashed into a hospital in Donetsk, the latest salvo in a conflict that has gutted healthcare in rebel-held territory, where doctors work under constant threat of bombardment – and don’t even get paid. Read eyewitness testimony from on the ground.

Cairo’s rubbish collectors under threat

The Egyptian authorities are planning to set up a new initiative to get poor residents of the capital to sort their own rubbish in exchange for credit used to buy food. But this programme could have disastrous consequences for Cairo’s rubbish collectors, the "zabalines ", an informal network who have kept the streets of the capital clean for the past 50 years. Read more...

In pictures: DR Congo wracked by anti-govt protests

Thursday was a particularly tense day in the city of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of protesters angry with president Laurent-Désiré Kabila clashedwith security forces. See images…

Kenyan children tear-gassed while trying to reclaim playground

Police in the Kenyan capital Nairobi fired tear gas at a crowd of primary school students on Monday as they tried to take back their playground, which was claimed by a private developer last month. Several children had to be taken to a nearby clinic for treatment. Read more…


Ugandans fed up with pastors' doomsday preaching

Since December, pastors have flooded the dusty streets of the Ugandan capital of Kampala to spread an ominous message: the end of the world is coming. But their repeated doomsday prophesies are leaving much of the city's residents increasingly fed up. Read more...

A point-by-point rebuttal of 'Charlie Hebdo' conspiracy theories

The internet has been awash with conspiracy theories since last week's unprecedented attacks in Paris. Conspiracy theorists claim that the truth has been hidden, that the powers-that-be are orchestrating everything from up above. Some of their arguments may appear logical at first glance, but upon closer analysis they turn out to be entirely false. Read more...

In pictures: a day of terror in France

Elite French police stormed a printworks and a Jewish supermarket on Friday, killing two brothers wanted for Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo and a gunman linked to them in a dramatic end to twin sieges that rocked France. Here are some of the most striking images from this day of terror. Read more...

'I am Charlie': the three words heard around the world

Since the deadly attack at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, social networks are being flooded by tributes to the 12 victims. In France, crane operators, air traffic controllers, football players and even a newborn baby found ways to pay their respects on this day of national mourning. See images...