Boko Haram

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A vigil this week in Abuja, Nigeria, for the girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been asked to investigate the abduction a year ago of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist militant gro(...)

Nigerians protest on the one   year anniversary of the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in Chibok, Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari vowed on Tuesday to make every effort to free more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants a (...)

Ethiopian troops escort a convoy of trucks carrying food aid in Baidoa, Somalia, on June 10th, 2014. Despite a broad international military campaign to dislodge the Shabab from its strongholds in Somalia, the group has adapted, evolved and remains deadly. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

They have lost their leader, their ports, their checkpoints and their territory. They have lost thousands of men and much of their money. They do not (...)

A vote for change

Nigerians have defied widespread fears that their presidential election would descend into violence by voting out peacefully their incumbent President(...)

Amnesty’s global review of the death penalty has revealed an “alarming rise” in death sentences last year, including mass sentencing in both Egypt and Nigeria due to internal conflict and political instability. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The number of death sentences worldwide jumped by almost 500 last year compared to 2013, mainly due to a sharp spike in sentences handed out in Egypt (...)

Young supporters of Muhammadu Buhari, a former military strongman, celebrate his victory in the Nigerian presidential election in Kano, Nigeria. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

Nigeria’s election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day a(...)

Rival candidates in the Nigerian presidental election, President Goodluck Jonathan (left) and Muhammadu Buhari exchange a signed peace deal in Abuja on Thursday. About 800 people died in post-election violence in 2011 in which Mr Jonathan defeated Mr Buhari. Photograph: EPA/STR

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for f(...)

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(...)

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,(...)

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