Sport Ahmed Musa of Nigeria

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The group was abducted while on a visit to Waza National Park

French special forces in Cameroon to search for seized family

French special forces have arrived in Cameroon in a bid to track down four children and three adults from the same family who have been kidnapped by Islamist militants. The four children, who were seized on Tuesday, have been separated from their parents according to the Cameroon government.

The French family was seized at about 7am local time at a village near the Waza National Park, where the family were reported to have visited on Monday

Seven members of a French family kidnapped in Cameroon

Seven members of a French family, three of them children, have been abducted in Cameroon three days after seven other foreigners were taken away at gunpoint in neighbouring Nigeria, raising fears that Islamist militants have started a campaign of capturing Western hostages in the region.

French family kidnapped in northern Cameroon

A French family of seven - three adults and four children - have been kidnapped in northern Cameroon, President Francois Hollande confirmed

Terror splinter group claims Nigeria kidnap

A shadowy Islamic extremist group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven foreign building workers in northern Nigeria.

Nigerian police on patrol in Bauchi

British worker 'among those kidnapped in Nigeria'

Islamist group Boko Haram has been linked to about 800 deaths in the north last year

Nigerian radio journalists held over nine 'polio' deaths

Three radio journalists have been arrested in northern Nigeria after allegedly sparking the killings of at least nine women, who were shot while trying to administer polio vaccines.

Nigeria’s players celebrate after winning the Cup

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi performs resignation u-turn

Coach led Nigeria to African Cup of Nations glory

Nigeria Islamists behead North Korean doctors

Attack that left three dead is part of radical Islamic sect’s campaign against health workers

Nine health workers shot dead in Nigeria

Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead nine health workers who were administering polio vaccinations in two separate attacks in Nigeria’s main northern city of Kano yesterday.

Nigeria v Burkina Faso - AFCON Final preview

A look ahead to Sunday's match

Torso of African boy detectives believe was killed in a ritual sacrifice before being tossed into the Thames is 'identified' by key witness

Torso named Adam by detectives has been 'revealed' as Nigerian-born Patrick Erhabor

John Obi Mikel of Nigeria celebrates during victory over Mail in the African Cup of Nations

Nigeria reach African Cup of Nations final with demolition of Mali

Nigeria rout Mali 4-0 in semi-final match

Nigeria’s Sunday Mba is congratulated by his team-mates yesterday

Mali and Burkina Faso bidding to spoil dream final between Ghana and Nigeria

African Nations Cup semi-finals take place tomorrow

Feast: Noma Dumezeni as Yemaya

Feast, Young Vic, London

There was always the risk that Feast would turn into a glorified dog's dinner - but production avoids that with verve

More women forced into slavery after change to immigration law

The number of women suspected of being trafficked to perform housework in embassies and private houses in Britain has increased amid warnings that vulnerable workers have been denied an escape route from domestic servitude by new immigration rules.

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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