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 German chancellor Angela Merkel, United Nations special representative for  migration Peter Sutherland, European Parliament president Martin Schulz, European Council president Donald Tusk, French president Francois Hollande, and Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat attend the opening ceremony of the Valletta summit. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

United Nations special representative for migration Peter Sutherland has broadly welcomed the action plan agreed by European Union and African leader(...)

A handout picture provided by the Nigerian army shows some of the 338 people held by Boko Haram  who were rescued  from the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold during an army operation. Photograph: AFP/Nigerian army

Nigerian troops have rescued 338 captives, almost all children and women, from Boko Haram camps in a northeastern forest. Thirty extremists were kill(...)

The Mbororo people roam vast areas across Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic

The farmer and the cowman, the musical Oklahoma tells us, should be friends. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, a remarkable young African woman who campaigns fo(...)

Residents in Pakistan’s Gojal Valley board boats on August 3rd, 2015, to cross Attabad Lake, which was formed following a landslide in January 2010. The loss of productive land can have devastating consequences. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

“Environmental degradation . . . has a huge impact on human security and thus on the potential for outbreaks of violent conflict.” You might expect th(...)

The first person to be charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments as part of an Islamist campaign against idolatry was(...)

A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. Photograph: Reuters/Hani Amara

Libya has recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, saying that almost 100 more people were missing and fe(...)

In India, fertility rates are  down to 2.48 children per woman. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Ismail

For the past 200 years the global population has risen explosively. There were 1 billion humans in 1850. There are 7.3 billion today. Ever since the I(...)

People and soldiers stand outside a market in N’Djamena following a suicide bomb attack on Saturday. Photograph: Brahim Adji/AFP/Getty Images

A man dressed in a woman’s burqa blew himself up in the main market in Chad’s capital N’Djamena early on Saturday, killing 15 people and injuring 80, (...)

A photograph of houses burnt by Boko Haram fighters at Zabarmari, a fishing and farming village near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Two blasts hit the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday evening, one at a restaurant and another targeting a Muslim cleric who has disowned Islamist(...)

‘The Magna Carta 800 anniversary falls after a decade and a half during which Western governments have introduced legislation to restrict civil liberties, so threatening the fundamental principles that Magna Carta is supposed to have enshrined.’ Above, a rare copy of  Magna Carta which had gone unnoticed for generations but has now been unearthed by researchers.  Photograph:  St John’s College/University of Cambridge/PA

Eight hundred years ago this week, in a meadow by the river Thames near Windsor Castle, one of the most famous documents in world history was born: Ma(...)

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