Samuel Eto’o in action for Everton against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.  He had been in and out of the side as Roberto Martinez’s team struggled for form. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty s

Samuel Eto’o has completed his move from Everton to Sampdoria, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.The 33-year-old striker joined the Toffees on a free(...)

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people and kidnapped hundreds in its bid to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. In recent months, it has targeted Cameroon and Niger as it seeks to expand its zone of operations. File photograph of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. Photograph: Reuters TV

Cameroon’s army has freed 24 of some 80 hostages kidnapped during a cross-border attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters based in neighbourin(...)

A man holds a sign that reads ‘Stop Boko Haram’ at a rally to support Chadian troops heading to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram, in the capital of Chad, N’Djamena. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters from Nigeria kidnapped about 80 people, many of them children, and killed three others in a cross-border attack(...)

Displaced people from Baga listen to President Goodluck Jonathan speaking in a camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on January 15th, 2015. Photograph:  /Olatunji Omirinolatunji Omirin/AFP/Getty Images

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next w(...)

A billboard campaigning for All Progressives Congress party (APC) is seen at Adeniji district in Lagos. Photograph: Reuters

A bomb worn by a girl aged about 10 exploded in a busy marketplace in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 16 pe(...)

Boko Haram killed dozens of civilians and at least 11 soldiers when it took control of the  Nigerian town and army base on the shores of Lake Chad. Above, the scene of a bomb blast at a bus rank in Gombe, Nigeria, 22nd December 2014. At least 20 people died and 18 sustained various injuries in that blast. EPA/STR

Boko Haram killed dozens of civilians and at least 11 soldiers when the militants took control of a Nigerian town and army base on the shores of Lake (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan announced the Government will provide €3.2m in urgent humanitarian aid to communities in CAR, Chad and Yemen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government will provide €3.2 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to communities affected by conflict and drought in the Central African Repu(...)

The Red Cross distributes relief materials to displaced victims of the Boko Haram violence at a relief camp in Dawaki, a local government area in Kano. Photograph: Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children and killed 35 people during a Sunday raid on the remote northeast Nigerian vil(...)

Nigerian newspapers with various front-page headlines on the Chibok girls and their possible release are displayed at a news stand in  the Nigerian capital, Abuja,  at the weekend.  Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

A wave of violence soon after Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram has raised doubts as to whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapp(...)

Rachel Daniel (35) holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel (17) as her son Bukar (7) sits beside her at her home in Maiduguri. Nigeria’s government has reached a deal with Islamic militant group Boko Haram for a cease-fire and the release of around 200 girls kidnapped six months ago from a school in the northeast town of Chibok.  Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Nigeria has said it has agreed a truce with Islamist militants Boko Haram and reached a deal for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by(...)