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The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (with papers) in a video grab taken in July

Boko Haram closes in on its dream of an African caliphate – and Isis gives its blessing, and advice on strategy

As the world watches the latest atrocities emerging from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, their Nigerian counterparts this weekend took control of several villages to create their own sharia state

A Liberian man paints on a wall as part of a sensitization programme about the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the number of deaths from Ebola has risen to 2100 in West Africa with an exponential surge predicted in Liberia, the hardest hit country in the region

Ebola virus spread by taxi passengers, says World Health Organisation

In Liberia, the disease has killed 1,089 people among 1,871 cases, the highest national toll,

A new report by an international human rights group has alleged that some African Union troops in Somalia sexually exploited or raped women and girls who are internal refugees

African Union soldiers accused of raping women and girls on peacekeeping bases in Mogadishu

Human Rights Watch said it interviewed 21 women and girls since 2013 who described being sexually abused or sexually exploited

An vaccine for Ebola may be developed following the success of animal testing

Ebola 'vaccine': Monkeys given long-term protection by immunisation

Human trials are underway for an Ebola vaccine following the success of animal testing, although sustained protection is complex

Oscar Pistorius will learn the verdict of his murder trial on Thursday

Oscar Pistorius trial: Olympic athlete's verdict to be heard Thursday

The South African double amputee has been on trial for over six months for the murder of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013

Egyptian authorities have ordered the arrest of nine men who appeared in a video purporting to show the country’s first gay marriage

Egypt to arrest nine men after ‘gay wedding’

Though homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, discrimination is rife

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Can breakdance divert the young men of Tunisia from the killing fields of Iraq and Syria?

Sarfraz Manzoor gets down with the B-boys (and girls) of north Africa
A slum in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, where as of Friday there were 491 recorded Ebola deaths

Ebola outbreak: Why has 'Big Pharma' failed deadly virus' victims?

Because, says a leading scientist, there was 'no business case' for a vaccine
Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises

Possible death of brutal Al-Shabaab leader in US missile attack may see group splinter into bigger terror threat, say experts

Ahmed Abdi Godane ruled with an iron fist and has no obvious successors

Ebola outbreak: Video shows escaped victim sending market goers fleeing in fear as he wanders streets in search for food

Tagged man - marked as having tested positive for the virus - was finally bundled into an ambulance by health workers

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Watch the moment a huge lion hugs a man

Conservationist Valentin Gruener co-founded a project to protect African wildlife, developing a close bond with this one lioness

Residents gather near a destroyed car after an attack by suspected militants at the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound in Mogadishu August 31

US forces attack al-Shabaab Islamist group in Somalia after terrorist attack on prison

Fighters detonated a car bomb and raided the prison trying to free militants

Soldiers confiscated firearms and explosives after the military raided police installations

Lesotho power vacuum after apparent coup attempt causes PM and deputy to flee

King Letsie III is appointing a cabinet minister to run the country

Pakistani protesters hold sticks and chant slogans after intruding the state television building in Islamabad

Pakistan protests turn deadly as TV station stormed by demonstrators

Tens of thousands of protesters have besieged capital Islamabad

Doctors are struggling to deal with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Ebola virus: It's ripped through towns – now the deadliest ever outbreak of the virus is heading for Africa's teeming cities

As the highly contagious virus continues to travel the continent, Africa is in the midst of a virological nightmare - and it could get worse

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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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