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The Embraer passenger plane crashed just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal this morning

British national released following kidnap at gun-point in Nigeria

A British national kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria has been released, the British High Commission have confirmed.

Nigerian troops sent to border areas to fight militants

Nigeria has launched a military campaign to flush Islamist militants out of their bases in remote border areas, after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the north-east.

Americanah, By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This satire of exile, race and ambition sees a strange America through a keen outsider's eyes

Jailed: the slave trader in Britain who sold women around Europe for sex under the spell of his 'juju' witchcraft

Kent factory worker led a double life trafficking Nigerian girls to Britain – selling them into prostitution on the continent

Nigeria plane crash search ends

The search for bodies after a plane crash in Nigeria that killed more than 150 aboard the aircraft and others on the ground has ended, officials said.

Nigerian airline's licence suspended indefinitely after crash

Nigeria's government has suspended the air licence of Dana Air, two days after 153 people died in the country's worst airline disaster for 20 years, the aviation ministry said today.

Nigeria mourns after airliner crash kills 153

Nigeria recovered more bodies, searched for clues on the cause and declared three days of national mourning today after an airliner crashed in a densely populated area of Lagos overnight, killing all 153 people on board.

Public authority in charge of Olympic infrastructure conned out of £2.3 million

The public authority in charge of building the infrastructure for the Olympics was conned out of £2.3 million by fraudsters who pretended to represent one of its key contractors.

Thousands of children accused of being witches, live on the streets of Kinshasa

Ostracised, abandoned and tortured: The chilling truth about witchcraft superstitions

In twenty-first century Britain we might view witchcraft as a harmless superstition from a bygone era. But for many an accusation of sorcery still ruins lives

Unicef says urban children in developing world need urgent attention

On another beach in a different world, Chinasa Paul would be sipping a soft drink bought by his parents. But if the 15-year-old eats today in Lagos, it will be thanks to tips he receives for lugging crates of drinks up and down Kuramo Beach.

Ex-governor James Ibori admits Nigeria fraud

The former governor of a Nigerian state today admitted fraud totalling nearly £50 million, said to be part of total embezzlement which could exceed £250 million.

Subcontinent moves closer to being polio-free

India marked a major success in its battle against polio yesterday by being removed from the World Health Organisation's list of countries plagued by the disease.

Roy Hodgson on the Baggies: 'This job came up quickly and I had to make a decision. For some reason I can’t explain logically, I decided I'll do it'

Roy Hodgson: 'I don't want to die with my boots on'

Albion manager Roy Hodgson is 64. He won his first title in 1976 and has taken charge of 1,000 games but shows no signs of slowing down. He talks to Robin Scott-Elliot about trouble at Liverpool and the 'living hell' of relegation

Pirates murder ship's officers off coast of Nigeria

Pirates have killed the captain and chief engineer of a cargo ship they attacked off the coast of Nigeria.

Strike called off as petrol price is cut in Nigeria

Union leaders suspended a nationwide strike yesterday after the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan partially reinstated subsidies to keep petrol prices low and deployed soldiers in the streets to stop widening protests.

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James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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