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Red cross workers prepare to bury a victim of Ebola. Schools in Liberia will reopen in February

Fall in new Ebola cases brings hope disease can be defeated in West Africa

Report shows significant drop in infections as communities change healing and burial practices

President Goodluck Jonathan faces a former military ruler in Nigeria’s election next month

Nigerians on the run from Boko Haram risk losing right to vote

Law says people must go home to take part in election

Video: Diver takes selfies underwater with sharks

Will the #sharkselfie catch on?

Hippopotamus' are Africa's most dangerous animals

Video: Incredible video shows angry hippo chase down speedboat in Botswana

The animal was filmed just metres away from the safari tour boat in Botswana's Chobe National Park

Shocking video shows daylight robbers storming a Cape Town jewellery store

Men armed with handguns and hammers stormed into a shopping centre in the daytime in Cape Town

Andargachew “Andy” Tsege from London was seized at an airport in Yemen in June

British MPs to visit Ethiopia in bid to secure release of Andy Tsege

Mr Tsege has been held in solitary confinement for the past six months

Members of the Nigerian military patrolling in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria, close to the scene of attacks by Boko Haram

Boko Haram attack: Woman 'killed while giving birth' during Baga massacre

At least 150 people were killed by the insurgent group last week

Above satellite image showing Doro Baga with densely packed structures and tree coverage, while the image below demonstrates the level of destruction of most structures in the town. The red areas indicate healthy vegetation.

Boko Haram attack: Before and after satellite images show shocking scale of destruction in north east Nigeria

At least 150 people were killed in attacks by the insurgent group last week

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh

The 7 worst things Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh has ever said about gay people

Yahya Jammeh came to power in a coup in 1994

Ruins of burnt out houses in the north-eastern settlement of Baga, pictured after Boko Haram attacks in 2013

Boko Haram massacre: Insurgents slaughter at least 150 people in north-east Nigeria as thousands flee the carnage

'Immense human tragedy' in Baga to be investigated as those forced into exile by the attacks claim up to 2,000 may have been killed

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

Nigerian archbishop calls for same 'spirit' of support as France after '2,000 killed' by Boko Haram in Baga attack

Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, has previously accused the West of ignoring the threat of the Islamist militant group

Supporters of Hosni Mubarak celebrate after a court in Cairo overturned his conviction in an embezzlement case

Hosni Mubarak could be released from detention following Egypt high court order

Suffering from ill health, Mr Mubarak has been serving his sentence in a military hospital in the upmarket Maadi district of Cairo

Egypt court clears 26 men held in raid on 'gay bathhouse'

Same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited under Egyptian law but remain a taboo

The fire-damaged Taitu Hotel in Addis Ababa after Saturday’s blaze

Burnt to the ground, the Addis Ababa hotel where Evelyn Waugh (and Scoop's William Boot) stayed

Much of the historic Taitu Hotel in Addis Ababa was completely burned down in a fire this weekend

Contaminated beer kills 69 people at funeral in Mozambique

Contaminated beer kills 69 people at funeral in Mozambique

Drink was apparently poisoned with crocodile bile

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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