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Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants slaughter 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran

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Ebola in US: West African immigrants given protected status because their home countries are now 'too dangerous to deport them to'

Officials say people from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will be given special permits for 18 months

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Dispatches from the Ebola zone: The traumas and successes of working in a Sierra Leone treatment centre

Behind the biohazard suits and masks in West Africa are volunteers who daily face the horrors of the disease and with the emotional consequences. One of them is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim from London, who writes here of his experiences

New one dollar contraceptive shot for women in developing countries announced

The contraceptive is to be made available to women in 69 of the world's poorest countries

G20 summit: David Cameron has pledged £1.34m to fight Ebola in West Africa

As well as pledging £1.34m the Prime Minister said the Government would match the £5m raised by a Unicef campaign

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Ugandan girls giving up education in the hope of being provided for – by paedophiles

The acceptance of cross-generational sex as normal in parts of East Africa is condemning adolescents to terrible consequences
Victims of war: Women and children are still being targeted by opposition forces, despite the Darfur conflict officially ending eight years ago

UN agency in Darfur accused of failing to properly investigate claims Sudanese army 'raped children'

Report suggests the presence of soldiers during interviews with villagers in north Darfur affected their responses
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Born Free Foundation outwits the poachers, crusading to remove snares in Kenya

Virginia McKenna's legendary wildlife charity marks its 30th anniversary with a new scheme in Kenya, as she explains to Jamie Merrill

A Pokot girl cries after being circumcised in a village about 80 kilometres from the town of Marigat in Baringo County

FGM: Images of female circumcision ceremony show distressing reality of female genital mutilation

Pictures from a Pokot ceremony show young girls being cut in ritual

Boko Haram militants ride on a tank: the group has just captured the town of Chibok

Boko Haram seizes Nigerian town of kidnapped schoolgirls after government troops 'run away'

Islamic militants captured the town in a bloody skirmish on Thursday 

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Background: The Somalian deportees thwarted by their unusual dialect

Every year hundreds of Somalis claim asylum in Britain, many of whom are fleeing the threat of Islamic militants.

Father Bernard Kinvi, a Catholic priest in the Central African Republic, repeatedly risked his life to save hundreds of Muslims from violence and death during the recent bloodshed

The Catholic priest who defended Muslim and Christian alike in the wartorn Central African Republic

Father Bernard Kinvi is in London to collect an award for 'unwavering courage'

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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