Paperback review: There Was a Country, By Chinua Achebe

The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Jihadists from many countries – these are from Iraq – are travelling to Syria

Theresa May urges action on 'jihad tourism'

Home Secretary leads EU discussions on how to tackle terror threat from extremists returning from combat in Syria

Wave of terror: A doctor attends to a student from Government Secondary School after the attack

Nigerian terror group attack kills 29 children

Boko Haram insurgents storm school in Yobe state armed with guns and cans of petrol

The lonesome pines: a third of conifer species put on endangered list

More than a third of the world’s conifer species are threatened with extinction as a result of urbanisation, logging, disease and feral goats, according to an alarming new report.

African art museum opens within Tate Modern

A museum within a museum has opened in Tate Modern as part of the gallery's expansion into African art.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron poses inside the premises of the holy Sikh shrine the Golden temple in the northern Indian city of Amritsar

Visa bonds a blow to ‘special relationship’ with India

Cameron should think carefully before he progresses with this scheme, which has been greeted with anger and disbelief by the very people the PM has tried to woo

Nigeria cattle rustling feud leaves more than 30 dead

Community leaders say men believed to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Tarok farmers in reprisal for cattle thefts in country's Plateau state

Market Report: Afren strikes oil off Nigeria to end slump

Investors in Afren had a day in the sun yesterday after the oil exploration firm made a major discovery off the coast of Nigeria. It has been an overcast year so far for shareholders, with Afren's shares having been on the slide. But yesterday it unveiled some successful drilling in Nigeria.

The sack face: Gus Poyet discovers his sacking while working as a pundit for the BBC

We’re live on air – and you’re sacked – please don’t swear Gus Poyet

The manager was dismissed by Brighton

Gus Poyet’s future is unclear after he was suspended by Brighton

Gus Poyet sacked as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion while working live on BBC Confederations Cup programme

Brighton announced termination of Uruguayan's contract on their official website during the first half of Spain v Nigeria

Theresa May is pressing ahead with a controversial scheme to force visitors from 'high-risk' countries in Asia and Africa to pay a 'security bond' of £3,000 before they are allowed into Britain

India, Pakistan, Nigeria: The 'high risk' countries whose visitors to UK face paying £3,000 'security bond' to make sure they return home

Theresa May is pressing ahead with a controversial scheme to force visitors from “high-risk” countries in Asia and Africa to pay a “security bond” of £3,000 before they are allowed into Britain.

Diego Forlan celebrates his goal against Nigeria

Confederations Cup: Diego Forlan scores winner against Nigeria on 100th appearance for Uruguay

The veteran striker became the first player to reach a century of caps for the South American nation

Boko Haram Islamist militants kill nine school children in northern Nigeria as punishment for youth gangs working with the army

Deaths at school near Maiduguri are the second attack on students in the area this week

Something For Nothing, Channel 4

TV review: Something for Nothing, Channel 4

The Route Masters: Running London Roads, BBC2

Shell 'uses sabotage claims to avoid blame for Nigeria oil spills'

Shell's persistent claims that theft and sabotage are responsible for almost all the oil spills at its operation in Nigeria could have been exaggerated, an international watchdog has found.

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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