Amanda Knox has been acquitted of murder by a top Italian court. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters 1:42

An Italian court has overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The decision (...)

Raffaele Sollecito (right) and Amanda Knox. Cassation judges can either uphold the convictions if they find the appeals trial was properly conducted or order yet another appellate trial. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Tiziana Fabifilippo/AFP/Getty Images 1:42

Italy’s highest court will not rule until Friday on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend for the murd(...)

David Silva scored twice for Manchester City as they closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea after their 5-0 win over Newcastle. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City 5 Newcastle United 0Manchester City warmed up for Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in style by crushing Newcastle 5-0 on a perfect day for(...)

Ivory Coast’s players celebrate winning the African Nations Cup final  against Ghana in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Ivory Coast 0 Ghana 0 (Ivory Coast win 9-8 on penalties) Could there have been a more unlikely hero than Boubacar Barry? He was the reserve ke(...)

Lateef Bello arriving at Dublin Central Criminal Court where he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A Dublin man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of a woman he believed was ‘poisoning’ the mind of his wife.Late(...)

Arouna Koné of Everton will make his return to action on Thursday after 14 months out injured. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Arouna Koné has said it will feel akin to making his professional debut when he returns to the Everton attack on Thursday after 14 months out injured.(...)

The transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lieut-Col Isaac Zida (R) meets with Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan (L) at the airport prior to a meeting of Ecowas leaders in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso today. Photograph: Legnan Koula/ EPA.

Three West African presidents have urged Burkina Faso to appoint a transitional government to guide the country to elections next year following th(...)

The Burkina Faso military appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida (left) as provisional head of state on Saturday after longtime president Blaise Compaore stepped down on Friday following two days of mass protests. The African Union and Western powers who want to see a swift return to civilian rule. Photograph: Legnan Koula/EPA.

Burkina Faso’s army will quickly cede power to a transitional government and appoint a new head of state, the country’s interim president Isaac Zida s(...)

Ebola is a recurring problem, yet the world seems unprepared. The response has been slow and unco-ordinated. Photograph: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Imagine two cities. In City A, town leaders notice that every few weeks a house catches fire. So they create a fire department – a group of profession(...)

Three-year-old Nino looks at a blackboard in a newly-opened Ebola isolation center set up in a school closed due to the epidemic  in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly under(...)