Thirty teenage girls and boys have been kidnapped since Wednesday from villages around Mafa town. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced ceasefire and the (...)

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(...)

The retired soldier claims he suffered and continues to suffer serious personal injuries, loss and damage following the use of the anti-malaria drug Lariam. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A retired soldier who served in Chad and Liberia is suing the State claiming he suffered personal injuries as a result of being prescribed the anti-ma(...)

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, September 2014. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A group of nine United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed in an ambush on their convoy today, the deadliest attack on the UN mission in Mali ye(...)

A pro-Palestinian protester stands infront of  riot police in paris today  during a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip which had been banned by police. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters.

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities today to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched (...)

A June 11th photograph of Seleka fighters  sitting on a pick-up truck in the town of Goya in Central African Republic, where fighting between Christian and Muslim groups has left at least 50 people  dead. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

More than 50 people have been killed in two days of clashes in Central African Republic, witnesses and officials said today, with foreign troops stru(...)

“Bring Back Our Girls” protest  in Abuja, calling for the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls in Chibok who were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The Nigerian ambassador to Ireland, Felix Yusufu Pwol, has said the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, responsible for the abduction of 223 girls in (...)

Glencore agreed to pay 550 pence per share for Caracal, which has been its partner in Chad since 2012, the two companies said in a joint statement put  out  by Glencore yesterday. Photograph: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg

Mining company Glencore Xstrata has agreed to buy Chad-focused oil company Caracal Energy for about £800 million a deal that will allow the com(...)

Central African Republic’s foreign minister Toussaint Kongo Doudou arrives to the podium to speak with the media after voting on a resolution approving UN peacekeepers for the Central African Republic, at UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the creation of a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic(...)