Following days of deadly protests, opposition demonstrators set up barricades in Mali's capital Bamako, near the mosque of prominent protest advocate imam Mahmoud Dicko. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita faces a mounting wave of demonstrations sparked by the outcome of a long-delayed parliamentary poll, but whose underlying causes include discontent over his handling of Mali's jihadist insurgency.
Two Syrian families pack their bags and flee their homes not knowing where to go. Like them, tens of thousands of people have fled Maaret al-Numan region, located in jihadist-held Idlib province, since December 16, following an uptick in airstrikes, according to the United Nations.
Last Sunday marked five years since Boko Haram jihadists kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from their school in northeastern Nigeria. While some are back, 112 are still missing. The mass abduction sparked a global outcry and the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign and remains Boko Haram's biggest publicity coup.