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It was the most damning day yet of cross-examination in the Pistorius trial as the prosecutor landed a series of blows on the defendant. Little wonder the Paralympian’s lawyer was showing the strain

The explosion, that left 71 dead and 124 wounded, marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in Abuja

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Security experts suspect the explosion came from inside a vehicle

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Oscar Pistorius was greeted with cheers from a group of fans as he returned to the witness stand to give evidence about the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

Twin blasts at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital killed dozens of people

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An explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124, police said.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel gestures as he explains a possible scenario into how Oscar Pistorius might have fired on girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius trial: Prosecution accuses athlete of shedding tears to avoid questions in court

Oscar Pistorius was accused of shedding tears of self-pity to avoid answering questions as chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel challenged his version of events leading up to Reeva Steenkamp's death, his murder trial heard.

Oscar Pistorius at the end of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius trial: Reeva Steenkamp 'wanted to leave' the athlete's house before she was shot dead

Reeva Steenkamp wanted to leave Oscar Pistorius's house when the couple got into an argument and the athlete shot her dead, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel told his murder trial.

Simone Steenkamp (R with June Steenkamp) said she believes Pistorius deliberately shot his girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius trial: Paralympian 'is a disgusting liar', says Reeva Steenkamp's sister Simone Steenkamp

Simone Steenkamp attended the opening of the Olympic athlete's trial

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It continues to ravage west Africa, with 101 confirmed dead this week. An epidemiologist with MSF on the detective work required to stop its spread across the continent

A view of Kano, in Nigeria where a 14-year-old girl forced into an arranged marriage has admitted to killing her husband and three of his friends

Nigeria child bride 'poisons husband' twice her age and his friends

Fourteen-year-old girl admitted to putting rat poison in her husbands food a week after being forced to marry him

Oscar Pistorius murder trial: Prosecution picks holes in athlete's testimony about fateful night when he killed Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius returned to the witness box for some ruthless questioning from state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, who tried to pick holes in his version of events of the night he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp through a locked toilet door.

The state prosecutor Gerrie Nel cross examines the athlete Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria yesterday

Oscar Pistorius trial: 'Pit bull' prosecutor tells court athlete 'knew Reeva was behind the toilet' door before he shot her

Oscar Pistorius knew girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was "behind the toilet" door when he shot her dead following an argument on Valentine's Day last year, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel told his murder trial.

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