West Africa

Seven things you should know about this country's largest Lassa fever outbreak

Coumba Sylla, Africa Check

Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.


Guinea pleads for calm after 7 people die in post-election violence

Mouctar Bah

Activists have erected barricades in several neighbourhoods in the capital, Conakry


Europe is training military forces in weak states – and that’s risky

A well-trained military is crucial to a functioning civil democracy, but it can be a liability too.


The hard labour of pregnancy

Kiri Rupiah

Maternal mortality is rising in developing countries —and in the United States


The hotline trying to stop men murdering their wives

Irene Chidinma Nwoye

A hotline in the US is trying to tackle the high rate of domestic violence against nurses in the Nigerian diaspora.