Refugees gather in an internally displaced persons camp which was set up for Nigerians fleeing the violence committed against them by Boko Haram. Photograph: Samuel Ini/Reuters.

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town today after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands (...)

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. Photograph: Reuters

When Washington imposed sanctions in June 2012 on Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, he dismissed it as an empty gesture.Two years later, Shekau’s sce(...)

Members of the women’s wing of the Nigerian All Progessive Party protest over the government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Lagos earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

The Nigerian government has signalled it is ready to negotiate with the Islamist militants who are holding more than 200 schoolgirls captive, as inter(...)

A screen grab of the video purporting to show some of the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants 0:38

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in ex(...)

People participate in a “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil, held on Mother’s Day in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Phil McCarten/ Reuters

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday international military and intelligence assistance made him optimistic about finding 200 schoolgir(...)

Hollywood actors including Justin Timberlake, Sean Penn, Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper have coined their own parallel hashtag reminding fans that #RealMenDontBuyGirls. Photograph: The Demi and Ashton Foundation 

The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has been tweeted over 1 million times since it was first used two weeks ago calling for the release for over 200 girls (...)

Nigerians protest in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, yesterday over their government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Photograph: EPA/STR

The latest big Islamist attack in Nigeria has killed least 125 people, police said yesterday after gunmen rampaged through a town in the northeast, n(...)

Woman holding signs take part in a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos. Photograph: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

Two women protesting the Nigerian government’s response to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by the Islamist group Boko Haram were arrested ye(...)

Women at a protest outside Nigeria’s parliament in Abuja calling on security forces to search harder for the schoolgirls abducted two weeks ago. Photograph: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Dozens of protesters gathered outside Nigeria’s parliament yesterday to call on security forces to search harder for more than 200 schoolgirls abducte(...)

The latest attack took place in a region that is struggling to control an Islamist insurgency.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Gunmen killed 10 people in an attack on a market and a church in northeast Nigeria before fleeing over the border to Cameroon, police said toda(...)