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A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, showing the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of top politician in Cameroon as cross-border attacks increase

The deputy Prime Minister escaped the attack in Kolofata

Health workers put on protective gear while working with suspected Ebola patients in Kenema, Sierra Leone

Ebola virus: US aid worker infected with disease as major airline cancels all services to countries affected by outbreak

The announcement came amid what the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling the largest outbreak ever recorded of the disease

Eugene de Kock was sentenced to two life terms and more than 200 years, after a killing spree that cost dozens of lives, at an amnesty hearing of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commision (TRC) in Pretoria, South Africa

Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot bring itself to forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail

Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at least 660 people have died from the worst outbreak yet of the haemorrhagic fever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said

Kidnapped Sierra Leone Ebola victim dies after ‘healer’ treatment

Fear and mistrust of health workers are hindering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed 450

Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport during fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport

Britons urged to leave Libya as embassy convoy attacked in attempted carjacking

The US closed its embassy yesterday and safely evacuated its diplomats by road to neighbouring Tunisia

Health workers put on protective gear while working with suspected Ebola patients in Kenema, Sierra Leone

Police guard Ebola centre in Sierra Leone after protesters demand release of patients

The demonstration happened as an eminent Liberian doctor succumbed to the disease, contracting it from an infected patient

A health specialist prepares for work in an isolation ward for patients at the Doctors Without Borders facility in southern Guinea.

Ebola virus spreads to Nigeria by plane as Sierra Leone hunts kidnapped patient

Ebola, one of the world's most deadly and contagious diseases, has killed more than 660 people across West Africa

Debris at the crash site of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao.

Air Algerie plane crash: British man among 118 people killed when passenger jet crashed

The plane is thought to have become caught in poor weather conditions

Nigerian fraudster arrested over $6m internet jobs scam

Nigerian security forces say they have arrested a suspected internet fraudster accused of stealing nearly $6m (£3.5m) from people who thought they were paying to apply for civil service jobs.

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Peter Greste: Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt will appeal against sentence

The jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his brother Mike has said.

Algerian Minister of Transport Amar Ghoul (R) chairs an Algerian crisis unit meeting at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers, Algeria, 24 July 2014

Air Algerie AH5017 crash: Wreckage of plane carrying 116 passengers found in Mali

Jet went missing 50 minutes after takeoff in Burkina Faso

A screen shot of the banner image paying tribute to the AH5017 crash on the ouagadougou airport website

Air Algerie flight AH5017: Ouagadougou Airport marks plane crash with website banner

 Fight AH5017 disappeared off the radar 50 minutes after take-off

A handout photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis greeting Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis holds 'very affectionate' meeting with Sudanese apostasy woman Meriam Ibrahim after she arrives in Rome

Ms Ibrahim and her family fled Sudan for Italy only this morning

Air Algerie flight AH5017: France and UN search for wreckage of 'crashed' passenger jet carrying 116 people

Authorities lost contact with the plane 50 minutes after take-off

Meriam Ibrahim with her husband Daniel Wani

Meriam Ibrahim: 'Apostasy' woman and family arrive in Italy after finally leaving Sudan

Ms Ibrahim was sentenced to death for marrying the man she loved and 'converting from Islam to Christianity' in May

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