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The one time World Player of the Year leads his country's largest opposition party

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Many survivors have returned home to find themselves ostracised

Al-Shabaab fighters still pose a serious threat, despite recent losses

Top al-Shabaab militant with $3M bounty on his head 'surrenders' in Somalia

The US offered millions of dollars for information on him

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British tourist shot dead in Ethiopia in 'gun accident' in church

Gun was 'accidentally discharged while being changed from one shoulder to the other'

Somali terror group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack saying they were targeting a Christmas party at the base which houses UN offices, among others

Al-Shabaab militants 'kill 14' in attack African Union base near Mogadishu Airport in Somalia

Somali Islamist militants alShabaab have attacked the main African Union peacekeeping base in the capital Mogadishu, killing 14 people, a spokesman for the group said.

A fighter of Libya's Fajr Libya group (Libyan Dawn) fires his gun during clashes in the hill village of Kikla, southwest of Tripoli, in October

Libya fighting could lead to prosecutions for war crimes, says UN human rights official

There have been hundreds of civilian deaths

Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, a veteran of the political establishment, has been voted in as President, according to official results in the first full, free presidential election since independence in 1956

Tunisia election: Choice of new President Beji Caid Essebs is a vote for stability

Mr Essebsi campaigned on restoring stability and the 'prestige of the state' after years of turmoil

The authors of a Lancet study claim that policies attached to IMF lending programmes in West Africa between 1990 and 2014 led to the weakening of already fragile healthcare systems

IMF cuts blamed for weak response to Ebola

The IMF has faced regular criticism for requiring developing countries to adopt austere free-market policies

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

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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

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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The Locked Room Mysteries

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
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The stories that defined 2014

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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