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This image from November 1984 is one of many that brought the horror of Ethiopia’s famine to the world

Margaret Thatcher demanded UK find ways to 'destabilise' Ethiopian regime in power during 1984 famine

Thatcher decided it was wrong to 'jog along' with the Mengistu government, whose human rights abuses greatly exacerbated the famine death toll

South African student who had degree withheld by Limpopo University for 'being too poor' has debt settled by anonymous donor - eight years later

The graduate, now 32, hopes to finally make it into the media industry and out of poverty

Archbishop Desmond Tutu admitted to hospital in Cape Town

The 82-year-old is in hospital with a 'persistent' infection

The four-day siege claimed 67 lives and left 175 wounded

Nairobi Westgate mall attack: Shopping centre re-opens two years after terror siege where al-Shabaab killed 67 people

However, many are critical of the decision to resume business while so much remains unknown about the atrocity

Over 3.8 million people - well over half of the voters - signed a petition calling for a change of Article 101 of the constitution, which limits the president to two terms

Rwanda elections: MPs back move to let President Paul Kagame run for unprecedented third term

The move would require a change in the country's constitution, and a petition to that effect has already collected 3.8 million signatures

Chad to arrest women wearing full-face veil after deadly suicide bombing in the capital

The announcement comes after a terrorist attack in which a suicide bomber disguised as a woman wearing a full-face veil killed 15 people

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the heads of his army, navy and airforce, along with senior defence chiefs

Nigerian top brass pay the price for failure on Boko Haram

Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president who was elected to crush the country’s rampant Boko Haram insurgency, has sacked the heads of his army, navy and airforce, along with senior defence chiefs.

Several floors of the Italian consulate in Cairo were destroyed in the explosion

Cairo blast: Italian Prime Minister pledges support for Egypt after consulate bomb attack

The bomb at the Italian consulate killed one passerby and injured eight others

It is estimated that between 2009 and June 2014, 170 tons of ivory were traded illegally (AFP/Getty)

The Wildlife Justice Commission: International body launches in effort to combat biggest 'Al Capone' poachers

An international body is to tackle the organised criminals behind the poachers

Members of the Tunisian security services stand guard during a memorial ceremony and minutes silence for the victims of a terror attack on a beach outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, in the popular tourist resort of al-Sousse, Tunisia

Tunisia terrorism: Five suspected extremists shot dead amid fears of another terror attack

The government has defended its security services after the government urged all British tourists to fly home because they were not adequately protected

Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shjeka has recently pledged the group's allegiance to ISIS (AFP/Getty)

Boko Haram releases first beheading video since pledging allegiance to Isis

The Nigerian terror group pledged allegiance to Isis in March of this year

The red-facaded Italian Consulate was seriously damaged in the early-morning blast

Cairo blast:Isis claims responsibility for car bomb outside Italian consulate

The explosion killed one and left several injured early on Saturday morning

Tunisia attack: Diplomatic row breaks out as first British passengers arrive home after Foreign Office warning

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid says guidelines will have 'serious repercussions' for Britain

The attack in Tunisia killed 38 tourists, including 30 Britons

I have a holiday booked in Tunisia – what do I do now?

British tourists are being airlifted out of Tunisia after it was declare 'too dangerous' - but when will it be safe to go again? Simon Calder explains

Kiambu governor William Kabogo was forced into an unseemly scramble away from the fire

Kenyan politician demonstrates exactly how not to destroy 10 tonnes of illegal alcohol

Follows national crackdown on the sale of illegal alcohol

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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