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Pay day: a wedding in Benin City, Nigeria. The groom will have been told how much his bride is ‘worth’

Nigeria's Bride Price app: Cause of controversy, but is it just a sly social commentary on the past?

The concept of bride price is a window to our past, a past which is not always glorious or edifying when viewed through a modern lens, says Bim Adewunmi
The deadly Ebola virus is spreading through West Africa and can kill up to 90 per cent of its victims. Infection is via contact with fluids of a victim – including sweat

Ebola: Deadly outbreak crosses border as mistrust hampers medical staff

The highly contagious virus has spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone, but villagers are removing infected relatives from hospitals

A farmer protects his rice field from locusts by chasing away them with reeds at Amparihibe village on May 7, 2014 in Tsiroanomandidy, western Madagascar. A Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) mission is to fight the locust's swarm with an insecticide

Madagascar locust crisis in pictures

The creatures have once again devoured hundreds of acres of crops in the African country

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said he had authorised security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that the Islamist group was defeated

Missing schoolgirls: Nigerian President pledges ‘total war’ against Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday that he had ordered “a full-scale operation” against militants from Boko Haram and sought to reassure the parents of more than 200 schoolgirls being held by the group that their children would soon be freed.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attending the funeral of Giza security chief Nabil Farrag in 2013

Egypt election: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wins landslide

Turnout was about 46 percent of Egypt's 54 million voters, the government said

South African court to decide on fate of babies switched at birth

One of the mothers involved wants to keep her daughter - but the other wants her biological child back

Meriam Ibrahim with her husband Daniel Wani. Miriam has been sentenced to death by a Sudanese court for apostasy

Apostasy woman in Sudan sentenced to death forced to give birth 'with her legs chained'

Meriam Ibrahim was shackled while she gave birth to a baby girl in the Omdurman Women’s Prison on Tuesday
Table Mountain and central Cape Town, in South Africa.

Cape Town shooting: one person dead and three injured in airport restaurant

Airport officials have cordoned off the area, but have not announced changes to scheduled flights

Nigerians in Lagos protest over the abducted Chibok School girls

Nigerian schoolgirls: President clashes with army over Boko Haram kidnappings

Nigeria’s military and the country’s president are seemingly split over how to free the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram extremists, now thought to number around 220 after some escaped, with the military saying any use of force endangered hostages and the President reportedly ruling out a prisoner-hostage swap.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and her husband. Ms Ibrahim has given birth after being sentenced to death for apostasy

Sudanese 'apostasy' woman sentenced to death: Meriam Yahya Ibrahim gives birth in prison

Ms Ibrahim was eight months pregnant when she was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man
Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh revealed the military are aware of the girls' location

Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapping: We know where the girls are – but we can't get them back by force, says Army chief

Hopes of rescuing more than 200 girls snatched from a school in Nigeria were given fresh impetus late on Monday night after the country’s military reportedly revealed it knew the location of the pupils but would not resort to force in order to free them.

Sisi (centre) led the coup last year against Morsi

Egypt presidential election: General Sisi likely to triumph in polls as Egyptians back their ‘strong man’

Egypt’s former military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is on course for a sweeping victory in presidential elections, as Egyptians went to polling stations for the first day of voting today.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete arrives at psychiatric hospital for month-long mental evaluation

Athlete will undergo a 30-day psychiatric evaluation to determine whether his state of mind contributed to the fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi helped to depose the previous leader, Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt presidential election: Disillusionment as important as policies or image with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to win vote with ease

Egyptians will trudge to polling stations on Monday on the first of two days of voting to elect a new president, with the former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to win easily.

Defiant mood: Thousands of Libyans took to the streets on Friday in support of Hifter and to demand the suspension of the Islamist-led parliament

Libya's slow motion coup ends the uprising

World View: The country edges closer to break-up and civil war as foreign powers await their opportunity
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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
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Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
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In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

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World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
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Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice