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Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, in a video released on Friday

Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram as Islamist group 'kidnaps 100 women and children' in remote village raid

The men were accused of refusing to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Boko Haram earlier this year

Watch fights, scuffles and paper throwing in Kenyan Parliament

Video: Opposition lawmakers disrupted a vote on Thursday over terrorism-related measures

The lava destroyed two villages

Video: Lava destroys two villages on Cape Verde island

The volcano on the island of Pogo has been erupting since 22 November

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Ugandan nanny jailed for four years after video shows her viciously abusing toddler in her care

A lawyer representing Jolly Tumuhiirwe has confirmed she will not appeal the sentence, claiming the court 'spoke for many Ugandans'

‘The Sudanese people have defeated the ICC,’ claimed Omar al-Bashir in a speech

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir claims victory over ICC after it drops Darfur war crimes investigation

The Hague-based court indicted Bashir in 2009 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in suppressing the Darfur revolt

Dozens drown as boat capsizes in Democratic Republic of Congo

Tragedy occurs amid worsening humanitarian crisis in the central African country

Health workers from Sierra Leone's Red Cross Society Burial Team 7 prepare to remove a body from a house in Freetown on November 12

Sierra Leone bans community Christmas and New Year celebrations to halt Ebola spread

Around 1,768 deaths caused by Ebola have been recorded in Sierra Leone

The city of Jos where dozens of people have died in a twin explosion

Nigeria bombings: Dozens killed in twin attacks in Jos

The two bombs exploded in quick succession in the central city

Liberia's Chief Medical Officer Bernice Dahn (L) and WHO Assistant Director General Marie-Paule Kieny (R) speak during a press conference

Ebola outbreak: Vaccine trial put on hold

World's worst Ebola outbreak has killed more than 6,000 people in Africa

Oscar Pistorius was convicted of the equivalent of manslaughter

Oscar Pistorius could yet be convicted of murder as judge approves appeal application

An appeal application made by state prosecutors has been granted

Oscar Pistorius verdict: Athlete could still face murder conviction as Judge Masipa grants appeal

Thokozile Masipa says prosecution will be allowed to take case to supreme court

On Monday Dewani, left, had charges relating to the murder of his newly wedded wife, Anni Dewani, thrown out of court

Shrien Dewani acquitted: Anni Dewani's family claim case 'is not yet over'

Mr Dewani faces potential years of legal battles

President Mugabe recently said that he will stay in power as long as he has strength in his body

Mugabe sacks deputy and seven ministers

Mr Mugabe, 90, publicly rebuked Ms Mujuru, who a few months ago was thought to be the most likely to take his place when he dies or retires

Health care workers at the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre

Sierra Leone criticises Save the Children's running of Ebola centre

Charity admits it has had teething troubles

Like many asylum seekers, Ahmed Osman made his way across the Channel from Calais. File photo

Death of an asylum seeker: The tragic story of the Eritrean teenager killed just as he made it into Britain

Ahmed Osman was only 17 when he died under the lorry he rode in on

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas