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Volunteers in protective suit bury the body of a person who died from Ebola in Waterloo, some 30 kilometers southeast of Freetown

Ebola timeline: How the deadly virus worked its way across western Africa and the rest of the world

Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976, with the the virus having killed nearly 4,500 people so far.

The video issued by Boko Haram on Monday claimed to show some of the 276 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok on 14 April. Its leader said they would not be released until Boko Haram prisoners were freed

Kidnapped schoolgirls set for release after deal struck with Boko Haram

Nigeria claims girls’ freedom is part of ceasefire agreement with militant group

Saah Joseph's ambulance sits outside a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Joseph, a politician, imported six ambulances from California weeks before the Ebola epidemic hit his country, and six more are on the way

Ebola crisis: How one man and his ambulances offer hope to Liberia’s victims

Politician Saah Joseph's initial goal was just to serve constituents suffering everyday ailments

Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Judge to deliver athlete's sentence on Tuesday

Paralympic athlete is expected to learn his fate on Tuesday after his five-day sentencing hearing was adjourned

Mr Ban said it is time for countries who “really have the capacity” to provide financial and other logistical support

UN Ebola fund aimed at reaching $1bn to fight deadly virus has received just $100,000 so far

Trust fund was set up by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to tackle Ebola outbreak

Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Athlete has 'lost everything' defence claims

The Paralympic athlete is ‘not only broke but broken’ court hears

Oscar Pistorius in the dock during day four of sentencing procedures at the High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius sentencing live: Watch as the judge hears closing statements

Watch live: Oscar Pistorius' sentencing

Paramedics with a suspected Ebola sufferer from West Point in Monrovia

Ebola outbreak: Famine approaches – bringing a fresh nightmare to West Africa

Special report: Three quarters of a million people may die from malnutrition

Andargachew “Andy” Tsege from London was seized at an airport in Yemen in June

Government blasted for 'dodging obligations' and not pressing for release of Brit on death row in Ethiopia

Political refugee Andy Tsege 'kidnapped' by Ethopia and possibly facing torture

Aimee (L), sits next to her aunt Lois in court earlier today

Oscar Pistorius' sister Aimee leaves court in tears after 'confessed killer mouths obscenities at her'

Mike Schultz, who admitted killing mining magnate in 2005, claims event did not happen

Health workers spray themselves with chlorine disinfectants after removing the body a woman who died of Ebola virus in the Aberdeen district of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Ebola crisis: Virus reaches the last untouched corner of Sierra Leone

The mountainous Koinadugu district had escaped the disease until Thursday

Oscar Pistorius sentence: Prison gang leader promises to 'take him out' as Steenkamp's cousin says athlete must 'pay for what he's done'

Remarks come on fourth day of trial as prison commissioner admits jail may be unsuitable for disabled athlete

Looking ahead: Momoh Konte was convinced that the government and international aid groups were not doing enough

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone is battling to contain the virus, but one area of the country remains untouched

Koinadugu's success has been the result of concerted, early efforts to staunch the spread of the disease, and most of the planning has fallen to one man

Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Reeva Steenkamp’s family ‘will return Pistorius’s money’

Barry and June Steenkamp will pay back around £6,250 that the athlete gave them in monthly instalments to help with their living expenses

An Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Ghana has had no known cases of the disease

Ebola outbreak: Parents tell school to cancel Ghanaian teacher exchange

A primary school head has called off an exchange visit from a Ghanaian teacher after parents expressed concerns about Ebola despite the country having no known cases.

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Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

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The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
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'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
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Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines
Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?

What are Jaden and Willow on about?

Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?
Fridge gate: How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces

Cold war

How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces
Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

From dogs in cars to online etiquette, while away a few minutes in peace with one of these humorous, original and occasionally educational tomes
Malky Mackay appointed Wigan manager: Three texts keep Scot’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

Three texts keep Mackay’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

New Wigan manager said all the right things - but until the FA’s verdict is delivered he is still on probation, says Ian Herbert
Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

‘O, Louis’ is the plaintive title of a biography about the Dutchman. Ian Herbert looks at what it tells us about the Manchester United manager
Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants

Isis takes a big step back

Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants
Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

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How to shop politically

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Sex on the brain

Fetishes, dominatrixes, kinks and erotica. They are subjects that should get the crowds flocking to a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection