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Freetown’s fresh graves; more than 2,000 Sierra Leoneans have died from Ebola

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone's guardian of the dead is at work again

The man who tended corpses during the country's bloody civil war is now dealing with victims of the virus
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

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

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Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick