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Ebola outbreak: Donations from the British public will aid safe burial of victims

Local burial customs aiding spread of disease

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Burkina Faso: Protesters shot dead and parliament set ablaze as poor call an end to President Blaise Compaoré’s rule

Opposition leaders in talks with retired general and former defence minister about forming transitional government

An Ebola health worker removes rubbish from the Island Clinic Treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, on Wednesday, October 29

Ebola outbreak: Response to epidemic is now 'getting an upper hand on the virus' as number of infections in Liberia slows

World Health Organisation says there has been a plateau in confirmed cases, while the number of burials and new admissions has also fallen

Guy Scott greets Zambia’s defence and security chiefs after taking over as acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Michael Sata, the President of Zambia, died in a London hospital yesterday after a lengthy illness

Ebola patients sit inside the Island Clinic Treatment center, where they are kept under quarantine, in Monrovia, Liberia

Ebola outbreak: Nato must do more to stem crisis, say diplomatic heavyweights

Alliance urged to send hospital ships, heavy-lifting helicopters and medical teams

Shrien Dewani appears at Western Cape High Court

Shrien Dewani trial: Honeymoon murder suspect captured on CCTV carrying package 'handed to wife's killer'

Zola Tongo told the court Dewani, 34, promised to pay him 5,000 rand for his role in the hijacking and killing of his wife

Michael Sata dead: Zambian President dies in London four months after disappearing from public eye

Sata had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness

The DEC has organised some of the biggest aid campaigns in the world including for the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004

Ebola outbreak: The appeal that shows this is no ordinary medical emergency

For the first time in its 50-year history, the Disasters Emergency Committee has issued a call for funds to combat a disease outbreak

Red Cross members carry the body of an Ebola victim in Monrovia, Liberia, earlier this month

Ebola outbreak: 'Sixty days to save West Africa'

Disasters Emergency Committee launches unprecedented appeal to tackle ‘catastrophe’ of Ebola

Residents help guide Bobby Pomney to the home of an Ebola victim in Monrovia so he can try to identify others who have come into contact with the virus

Ebola outbreak: The contact tracers facing a race against time to track down those who have been exposed

It’s Bobby Pomney’s job to track down people who have come into contact with the virus – and isolate them. But in a slum where everyone fears being quarantined, it’s easier said than done

Etienne Ouamouno sits holding baby Emile, who has been identified as the first traceable patient of the current Ebola outbreak

Ebola outbreak's 'Patient Zero' identified as a two-year-old boy from Guinea named Emile Ouamouno

From Emile, the deadly virus spread around the world and has now killed close to 5,000 people

Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison laid out the measures in parliament on Monday

Ebola crisis: Australia imposes visa ban on affected countries as returning US soldiers returning from West Africa are isolated

The latest measures have been condemned by health authorities and the United Nations as extreme

Some of the women abducted at Chibok in April told Human Rights Watch of their ordeals

Boko Haram ‘told kidnapped woman to cut man’s throat’

Women are being used as bait to lure Christians to fight for a caliphate

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, right meets with Ebola survivors in Conakry, Guinea

Ebola outbreak: Top American diplomat promises USA is in the fight 'for the long haul'

Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, pledges more assistance

Oscar Pistorius pictured listening to his sentence at the High Court in Pretoria last week

Oscar Pistorius trial: South African prosecutors announce decision to appeal culpable homicide verdict and sentence of disgraced Paralympian

The athlete was found guilty of culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and sentenced to five years in prison

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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