Rahila Amos, a Nigerian grandmother who said she was abducted by Boko Haram and forced to take classes on how to carry out a suicide bombing, in Minawao, Cameroon.  Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 105 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Hold the bomb under your armpit to keep it steady, the women and girls were taught. Sever your enemy’s head from behind, to minimise struggling. (...)

Boys hold bows and arrows in Kerawa, Cameroon. Kerawa is on the border with Nigeria and is subject to frequent Boko Haram attacks. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Adama Simila wears a knife tied to his belt by a piece of rope, his only protection against Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist insurgents who have repe(...)

Nigerian women living in Kenya demonstrate to press for the release of Nigerian school girls kidnapped in northern Nigeria by members of the Boko Haram. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Cameroonian and Nigerian forces have freed several hundred hostages in a border town held by Boko Haram, including young girls who were being trained (...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is under growing domestic pressure to drive down asylum seeker numbers. Photoghraph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany has sent angry letters to Pakistan as well as north and west African countries, accusing them of refusing to take back failed asylum applicant(...)

 The scales of justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Judgments

The placement of a child for adoption is permitted without notification of the natural father. In re the Adoption Authority of Ireland and KSH (a mino(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Vehicles on fire outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during a siege by Islamist gunmen. Photograph: Reuters

Security forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday a day after al-Qaeda fighters seized it in an assault that killed two dozen (...)

The scene of an attack on a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: AP Television

Armed men stormed a hotel in the west African city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, last night, taking hostages and burning vehicles in what appears to b(...)

Mongolian women working in the clothing industry. When women are paid, they earn on average 24%  less than men

Global development is being held back by the relative shortage of women in paid work, with participation rates having risen only slightly in the past (...)

Members of self-appointed vigilance committee hunting down and fighting Boko Haram Islamic group, standing in the village of Lding Lding, northern Cameroon. Photograph: Reinnier Kazer/AFP/Getty Images

Cameroon’s army says it has killed at least 100 members of the militant Islamist Boko Haram group and freed 900 people the group had held hostage as i(...)