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Ebola outbreak: Red Cross workers attacked while burying dead bodies in Guinea

Ebola has killed over 2,000 people this year

A Nigerian health official wearing a protective suit waits to screen passengers at the arrivals hall in Lagos, Nigeria on 4 August 2014

Ebola outbreak: Swiss nurse flown back to Geneva after being bitten by child infected with disease

The health worker has been placed in quarantine in Switzerland

Ebola outbreak: Experts warn cases could number one million by January as 'window closes' to stop disease becoming endemic

Dire predictions suggest Ebola is on course to become a permanent fixture in Africa, like malaria or the flu

Connaught Hospital in Freetown during a three-day lockdown to prevent the spread on the Ebola virus

Ebola virus outbreak: 92 bodies recovered as more cases found in Sierra Leone lockdown

The controversial emergency measures ordered people to stay in their homes

Only around 40 per cent of Liberia's healthcare facilities are currently functioning and all schools are closed

Ebola virus outbreak: Collapse of three African states possible

Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone's very existence under threat, says Liberian minister

End of hope: Princess Mayers in 2012 with her daughter, Angie, who has since died

Ebola virus outbreak: A first-hand Liberian tragedy – 'We begged, take the baby to hospital... They refused'

Authorities are overcome by the epidemic. Gabriella Jozwiak reports

Max Barclay, collections manager, at the Natural History Museum, displays one of Dr Livingstone’s collection

Dr Livingstone's, I presume? Natural History Museum finds explorer's African insect collection

Chance find contains 20 pinned beetles from Zambezi river expedition

Ebola outbreak: Eight bodies found in village latrine after attack on Guinea education team, as Sierra Leone imposes three-day curfew to stop spread of disease

The group, which comprised of local administrators, medical officers, journalists and a preacher, had been abducted by locals armed with rocks and knives in the southeast of the country.

School pupils listen to an ebola prevention programme in Abidjan this week

The powerhouse of West Africa waits for Ebola to strike

Ivory Coast is using the wealth its poorer neighbours lack to keep the epidemic on the other side of its borders. If it fails, the whole region will feel the economic consequences

Egyptian authorities are allegedly using social media and mobile phone apps to hunt gay people

Egypt's police 'using social media and apps like Grindr to trap gay people'

LGBT activists and groups in Egypt warn members not to use GPS-tracking applications or social media that can be monitored by the authorities

US President Barack Obama has warned that the Ebola epidemic is 'spiralling out of control'

Ebola outbreak: Obama says epidemic 'spiralling out of control', as Australia pledges £3.9m

The President warned that if the west African countries break down there could be a "potential threat to global security", with the US now sending military personnel to affected regions

Seven British hostages died during a four-day siege at the In Amenas complex in 2013 in Algeria

Disgruntled worker 'had threatened bloodshed' at Algerian gas plant where seven British hostages died

Seven British hostages were killed during four-day siege

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim just after her release from a Sudanese prison

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim speaks of her prison ordeal for the first time

Mother says she made stand on behalf of all facing persecution because of their religious beliefs

Oscar Pistorius: Reeva Steenkamp's parents request a meeting with athlete in emotional new interview after verdict

The model’s father, Barry Steenkamp, said he can only begin to come to terms with their loss once he’s questioned the athlete face to face

President Obama speaking earlier this week

Obama pledges 3,000 military personnel to west Africa as Ebola outbreak worses

United States has approved sending thousands of personal to Liberia to set up 17 Ebola centres

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Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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