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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is increasingly seen as an anti-Western

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Home Office "still has no idea" how many rejected asylum claimants are still in the UK

People watch an explosion after an apparent US-led coalition airstrike on Kobani, Syria

War with Isis: US and Iraq draw up a plan for ground force attack on Islamist militants

While Syrian Kurds are politically at odds with their Iraqi brethren, they have agreed to accept an influx of peshmerga fighters as part of any offensive

Jessica Sompon, 17, has her temperature taken on Friday in Monrovia, Liberia, after developing a fever. A relative had died from Ebola the day before

Ebola outbreak: WHO missed 'the disaster of our times,' claim aid agencies

Anger grows at the UN body's failures in the fight against the virus
Malala Yousafzai was defying odds by going to a school in the Swat district

Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize is celebrated in the West and widely criticised or ignored in Pakistan

What really matters is the reason she won it in the first place, says Omar Waraich

Actress Emma Watson is a high profile advocate of greater women’s rights throughout the world

World is ‘talking the talk but not walking the walk’ on women’s rights, according to new report

The rhetoric is not being matched by action, says children's charity

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Campaign to put ecocide on a par with genocide in attempt to curb environmental destruction

Grassroots movement wants the International Criminal Court to prosecute offenders
People protest against military action in Gaza in London back in August

Israel-Gaza conflict: Labour Party motion will be 'righting a historic wrong'

Their hope is that a majority will be achieved when the vote is held on Monday

Protesters waving the Palestinian flag during a march against the bombing of Gaza in London in July

Israel-Gaza conflict: MPs set to vote to recognise the state of Palestine

Miliband to risk wrath of pro-Israel lobby in whipped Commons vote on Monday

Smoke from air strikes against Isis fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani can be seen from across the border in the village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province of south-eastern Turkey

Isis in Kobani: John Kerry says preventing the fall of the town is 'not a strategic objective'

As the fighting continues, the lack of assistance for those living in Kobani sparked more violent demonstrations across Turkey

A UN investigator takes samples around a missile found near Damascus suspected of being a chemical rocket

Four secret Syrian chemical weapons factories are revealed

The US is worried that Isis, which has seized large parts of the country, and other terrorist groups could find any hidden stockpiles

There are currently six Tornadoes taking part in the Iraqi mission

Iraq air strikes: David Cameron announces additional Tornado jets will be deployed to provide 'enhanced resilience' against Isis

There are currently six Tornadoes taking part in the Iraqi mission

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