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The number of new Ebola cases each week in the worst-affected areas has fallen below 100 for the first time in almost a year

Ebola outbreak: Disease ebbs in West Africa as aid agencies warn against complacency

As the number of new cases of the disease recedes each week in the worst-affected areas, international aid agencies warn that winding down the effort against the epidemic too quickly risks a resurgence

George Clooney writes powerful open letter about Sudanese 'torture rapes' to remind the world that Darfur is still in crisis

The actor says “the world has largely forgotten about Darfur”

An aerial view of the In Amenas complex

'Unnecessary and unintentional' delay allowed Algerian terrorists to siege oil plant

Flaws in the oil plant’s security and risk assessment were also highlighted during the conclusion of the inquest held at the Old Bailey

Evgeny Lebedev with an elite Gabonese ranger team

Gabon: Where the fate of the forest elephant will be decided

A year on from The Independent’s phenomenally successful campaign, Evgeny Lebedev returns to Africa to find out how the battle against the poachers is being fought – and won

Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan has been accused of playing the 'Islam card'

Boko Haram in Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan using fear of Islamists to manipulate election, says opposition

Muhammadu Buhari says the President is exploiting the West’s fear of terrorism to manipulate the voting and carry out a media propaganda blitz

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers to challenge judge's appeal ruling

Prosecutors want to see the athlete convicted of murder

'Al-Shabaab video' calls for attacks on London shopping centres including Oxford Street and Westfield

Extremist group says the 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi was in retaliation for Kenyan military involvement in Somalia

No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but it carries the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which is believed to be responsible for a string of attacks in the region using children

Boko Haram suspected after girl 'no older than 8' kills five in Nigerian bomb attack

The attack carries the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which is believed to be responsible for a string of attacks in the region using children

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David Attenborough calls on Chinese president to end ivory trade and halt extinction of the African elephant

The open letter calls on President Xi Jinping to outlaw the buying and selling of ivory

Child soldiers sit on 10 February with their rifles at a ceremony of the child soldiers disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration

Armed militia abduct 89 boys in South Sudan as they sit exams

Unicef - which released a statement on the attack - has warned actual numbers may be far higher

Militants claiming loyalty to Isis have killed dozens with car bombs in eastern Libya

Libyan Islamist car bombs leave dozens dead

Three car bombs exploded in Qubbah, a small town near the seat of the official government

'Drive-by barbers' think it is funny to cut off men's top-knot man buns in South Africa

The acts were carried out and filmed by a 'comedy duo'

Al-Qaeda linked al-shabab recruits walk down a street in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu

Somalia suicide bombing: Al-Shabaab blast kills at least 11 and injures deputy prime minister

Militants claimed responsibility for bomb attack on hotel 

Libyans celebrate the upcoming fourth anniversary of their revolution this week. The West recognises that instability presents a new risk in the fight against Isis

Libya urges end to arms embargo

The country's Western-backed leaders say they are desperate to fight 'rampant terrorism' from Isis but international governments, including Britain's, don’t believe military action can solve the country's problems

Thousands of gregarious spotted cockroach nymphs crawling up the tree

Video: Hundreds of cockroach nymphs invade tree in southern Africa

The gregarious spotted cockroaches are able to organise themselves by secreting pheromones from their bodies

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
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Cult competition The Moth goes global

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