Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

A young girl with explosives strapped to her killed five people and wounded dozens at a security checkpoint outside a market in the northeast Nigerian(...)

Chadian soldiers patrolling in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru after taking control of the city on February 4th, 2015. Photograph: Stephane YasstephaneYAS/AFP/Getty Images

Boko Haram fighters attacked a village in Chad on Friday, the first known lethal attack in that country by the Nigerian militant group, which killed s(...)

Police officers block people protesting over news that Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds and fears over Boko Haram violence.  Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nigeria’s decision to postpone elections for six weeks because of spreading attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the northeast is a “s(...)

Nigerian refugee women cook in a United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) refugee camp in Baga Sola by Lake Chad, which borders Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon. Since the beginning of January more than 14,000 people have fled to escape the bloody attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Sia Kambousia Kambou

Nigeria’s electoral commission is to postpone presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure no(...)

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(...)

Satellite image of the village of Doro Baga (aka Doro Gowon) in north-eastern Nigeria taken on 2 Jan 2015. The image shows an example of the densely packed structures and tree cover. Photograph: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has released satellite images it says shows the scale of a recent Boko Haram attack which may have left as many as 2,000 people (...)

An image made from a video released on Wednesday  by the Al-Malahem media which is affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The image purports to show AQAP prominent commander Nasr al-Ansi claiming the group’s responsibility for attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. EPA/AL-MALAHEM MEDIA /HANDOUT 0:47

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was for insulting the Prophet Moham(...)

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(...)

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(...)