Nigerian military on patrol in an area reclaimed from Boko Haram. Officials say the Islamist group kidnapped hundreds of civilians while retreating from Damasak in the northeast of Nigeria. Photograph: EPA/STR

Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists who are using them as human shields in Nigeria, officials(...)

A girl stands in front of soldiers from Niger and Chad in the recently retaken town of Damasak in Nigeria. Soldiers  who liberated the  town  from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak which was freed this month by troops f(...)

A man walks past an Ebola awareness painting on a wall in downtown Monrovia, Liberia. One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. The virus escaped co(...)

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infected. But health experts and charities have warned the danger is far from over. Picture show healthcare workers prepare to go inside of the high-risk area for the first time, at the Hastings Ebola treatment unit in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in November. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times.

One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths and 24,000 people infecte(...)

A Nigerian soldier covers his face at a mass grave in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 20th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people (...)

Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun /Reuters

Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people,(...)

Judge Bridget Reilly put the case back to a date in May for a community service report of 200 hours, with three months’ jail in default

A Luas passenger who chased a ticket inspector and assaulted him will have to do 200 hours community service or face a three-month jail sentence.Judge(...)

A grandmother’s bid to be permitted live here with her daughter, an employed lone parent, and help rear her three grandchildren, two of whom are Irish citizens, has been rejected by a two to one Supreme Court majority

A grandmother’s bid to be permitted live here with her daughter, an employed lone parent, and help rear her three grandchildren, two of whom are Irish(...)

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. The Nigerian Islamist group is estimated to have up to 6,000 fighters. Photograph: Boko Haram handout via Reuters TV/Reuters

With thousands of fighters and some parts of northeastern Nigeria under its control, Boko Haram is believed to be the largest jihadi group to pledge f(...)

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan (C) carries a child as he marches  in Abuja on Saturday. Jonathan led government officials as well as leading sports personalities on an outdoor physical training exercise aimed at promoting sports and fitness among state officials and culminating in a rally to drum support for his relection. Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamist Boko Haram militants meant troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28th, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has reportedly pledged formal allegiance to Islamic State.The pledge, which came after Boko Haram was dis(...)