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A bubonic plague smear, prepared from a lymph removed from an adenopathic lymph node, or bubo, of a plague patient

Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases

The majority of people affected have the bubonic plague

Health workers in protective suits transport Dr. Martin Salia to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Ebola in US: West African immigrants given protected status because their home countries are now 'too dangerous to deport them to'

Officials say people from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will be given special permits for 18 months

The author with a baby called Warrah in Sierra Leone. Helping those with the disease recover from it brought about a feeling of elation on his return to Britain – but it did not last long

Dispatches from the Ebola zone: The traumas and successes of working in a Sierra Leone treatment centre

Behind the biohazard suits and masks in West Africa are volunteers who daily face the horrors of the disease and with the emotional consequences. One of them is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim from London, who writes here of his experiences

New one dollar contraceptive shot for women in developing countries announced

The contraceptive is to be made available to women in 69 of the world's poorest countries

G20 summit: David Cameron has pledged £1.34m to fight Ebola in West Africa

As well as pledging £1.34m the Prime Minister said the Government would match the £5m raised by a Unicef campaign

Paedophile Mayiga Abdullah

Ugandan girls giving up education in the hope of being provided for – by paedophiles

The acceptance of cross-generational sex as normal in parts of East Africa is condemning adolescents to terrible consequences
Victims of war: Women and children are still being targeted by opposition forces, despite the Darfur conflict officially ending eight years ago

UN agency in Darfur accused of failing to properly investigate claims Sudanese army 'raped children'

Report suggests the presence of soldiers during interviews with villagers in north Darfur affected their responses
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Born Free Foundation outwits the poachers, crusading to remove snares in Kenya

Virginia McKenna's legendary wildlife charity marks its 30th anniversary with a new scheme in Kenya, as she explains to Jamie Merrill

A Pokot girl cries after being circumcised in a village about 80 kilometres from the town of Marigat in Baringo County

FGM: Images of female circumcision ceremony show distressing reality of female genital mutilation

Pictures from a Pokot ceremony show young girls being cut in ritual

Boko Haram militants ride on a tank: the group has just captured the town of Chibok

Boko Haram seizes Nigerian town of kidnapped schoolgirls after government troops 'run away'

Islamic militants captured the town in a bloody skirmish on Thursday 

Al-Qaeda linked al-shabab recruits walk down a street in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu

Background: The Somalian deportees thwarted by their unusual dialect

Every year hundreds of Somalis claim asylum in Britain, many of whom are fleeing the threat of Islamic militants.

Father Bernard Kinvi, a Catholic priest in the Central African Republic, repeatedly risked his life to save hundreds of Muslims from violence and death during the recent bloodshed

The Catholic priest who defended Muslim and Christian alike in the wartorn Central African Republic

Father Bernard Kinvi is in London to collect an award for 'unwavering courage'

Watch a young elephant fight off 14 lions

Video: The astonishing incident took place at Norman Carr Safaris Chinzombo Camp in Zambia

Ebola virus: Clinical trials of three new treatments for disease to start in West Africa

Several hundred patients expected to take part in three separate trials

Police officers stand in front of the quarantined Pasteur clinic in Bamako on November 12, 2014.

Ebola virus: Second outbreak in Mali as imam and nurse who treated him die of disease

Health officials had believed the spread of the virus was under control

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US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines