Exploring the Sahara and unpacking France’s colonial-era writings [photos]

The Sahara: boundless dunes shimmering in the relentless heat, nomadic tribes following paths as old and inscrutable as time itself, fierce-eyed warriors on camel-back, clad in indigo. And a French lure. France has a deeply romantic notion of the western Sahara, forged in colonial times and tinged by the literature that emerged from it. Romanticisation of the Western Sahara The honeyed perspective endures today but has been eclipsed by...

Malawi opposition leaders file bids for election re-run

In tonight's edition: Supporters of Malawi's opposition took to the streets of Blantyre on Wednesay as their presidential candidate presented nomination papers for the July re-run of last years election. The outcome initially returned President Peter Mutharika to office but the result was historically overturned in a landmark ruling in February. In Burkina Faso a young man has created a digital school so that students can keep taking classes on their smartphones during...