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Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, appears in a video in which he warns Cameroon it faces the same fate as Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri again — the birthplace of its revolution

At least eight people have been killed

Nigerian doll 'Queen of Africa' outsells Barbie

Eight years ago there wasn't a black alternative to Barbie, but today Taofick Okoya's toy sells around 9,000 a month

Eugene De Kock is walking free despite being sentenced to 212 years behind bars
Eugene De Kock
Eugene De Kock is walking free despite being sentenced to 212 years behind bars

'Prime Evil' Eugene de Kock, mastermind of Apartheid death squads, to be set free

The bespectacled enforcer of apartheid rule in South Africa, Eugene de Kock, has been granted parole after 20 years in prison for his role in death squads – seven years less than Nelson Mandela served

Eugene De Kock a former Vlakplaas commander speaks to the judge at a Truth and Reconcilation Commission in 1999

'Prime Evil' apartheid death squad commander Eugene de Kock granted parole in South Africa

His undercover Vlakplaas police force assassinated anti-apartheid activists

Mohamed Soltan shown bleeding in an Egyptian prison

Leaked photo shows US-Egyptian citizen on hunger strike bleeding as his health deteriorates

Mohamed Soltan's family say his condition is 'dire'

A medic feeds a child victim of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Ebola: Virus may have become more contagious after mutating since start of outbreak, scientists warn

World Health Organisation warns that in Guinea, only 30 per cent of new cases are known contacts of Ebola patients

US warplanes are seen at the Moron de la Frontera air base, near Sevilla, in 2011

US seeks permanent military base in southern Spain to tackle terror threat from north Africa

Madrid agrees to open negotiations as fears of Islamist influence in Libya, Algeria and Morocco increase

Libyan police officers set up checkpoints in the Libyan capital Tripoli on January 25, 2015 as clashes continue in the west and east of the country
Reminders of Ebola’s terrifying spread through the region are everywhere, despite reports of the crisis easing. In Port Loko district in Sierra Leone, a sign advises passers-by about a quarantined home

Ebola death toll is slowing, but what next for blighted West African countries?

Impact of the virus goes deeper than body-counts. As often happens, it is the youngest members of society who suffer. Sam Masters reports

LRA war crimes trial: Joseph Kony general abducted into Lord's Resistance Army as a child is charged with crimes against humanity

Dominic Ongwen was abducted as a child soldier – but now he is linked to LRA massacres

Facebook Lite: social network testing slim app for slow phone connections in emerging markets

The tiny app is Facebook's latest attempt to broaden its coverage into hard to reach places

The leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau holding up a flag as he delivers a message

Boko Haram attack on Nigerian city Maiduguri leaves hundreds dead as troops repel insurgents – but scorched-earth attacks on villages continue

The attacks come at the same time John Kerry has travelled to Lagos to ask for peace around the elections

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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