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With a largely acoustic recording one might expect a certain amount of reserve and introspection. But that’s certainly not the case with this Malian singer-songwriter’s third album.

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President Yahya Jammeh used his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence.”

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'Breast ironing': Girls ‘have chests flattened out’ to disguise the onset of puberty

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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor could be headed for a British prison after losing the final appeal against his convictions for crimes against humanity.

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Alan Pardew is expecting a reaction following 3-2 loss to Hull at the weekend

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Boko Haram attack kills 87 in north-east Nigeria

The Islamist fighters wore military uniforms and set up checkpoints outside the town of Benisheik

The UK’s new drain of talent: The £3,000 cash bond for visitors from South Asia and West Africa

The move has added to the sense of unease among ethnic minority (BME) communities, already roused by the government’s 'go home' vans

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Jails are being ‘used as holding pens’ for foreign ex-offenders

People who have served prison terms are being kept behind bars while they wait to be deported, government data shows

Amanda Knox served two years in prison before having her conviction overturned

Amanda Knox will not return to Italy for retrial for fears her presence would cause a 'distraction'

After having her conviction for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher thrown out, the Italian courts have announced a retrial of Ms Knox and her former Italian boyfriend

Cape Verde celebrated their qualification for the CAF playoffs for the 2014 World Cup on the weekend

Cape Verde Islands thrown out of World Cup qualification for fielding ineligible player just one round short of reaching the showcase tournament

African side have forfeited the weekend victory over Tunisia meaning their opponents top Group B and progress to the qualification playoffs

Support for suicide bombing in Muslim countries shows drop over last decade, PEW Research shows

Support for suicide bombing amongst Muslims from the Middle East to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa has shown a dramatic drop over the last decade, research from 11 Muslim countries has shown.

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Yours for up to £50,000: The REAL gold iPhone 5S outshining Apple's new release

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