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Barbie is being outsold in Nigeria by Queen of Africa dolls

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

Egypt tightened security in Cairo and other cities as police moved to break up scattered protests marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak

Cairo protests: 15 killed in Egypt in violent clashes with police as more than a thousand protesters mourn young mother Shaima al-Sabbagh

Officials confirm the 32-year-old was shot in the face and back on Saturday

Cruise ship Boudicca was left without power after engine room fire off coast of Morocco

The Boudicca, a Fred Olsen ship with 1,000 people on-board, was left without power this morning

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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Cabbage is king again

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee