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This screen grab  taken on Sunday from a video released on Youtube by Islamist group Boko Haram appears to show Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau making a statement at an undisclosed location. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The purported leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a video posted on social media on Sunday in which he(...)

On September 2nd, 2015, the body of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. Alan, his mother, Rehana, and five-year-old brother, Ghalib, drowned together just 4km from the shore while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe Photograph: Demir/AFP/Getty

In 1972, author and politician Leonardo Sciascia finished writing a collection of stories of his native Sicily called The Wine-Dark Sea. It weaves tog(...)

An Elephants Without Borders plane flying over a herd of elephants at the Ngoma border between Namibia and Botswana while taking part in the survey in February this year. Photograph: AFP/Elephants Without Borders

The greatest animal census ever undertaken in Africa has revealed that elephant numbers are declining far more rapidly than previously believed – prim(...)

A team from MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) arrives to aid 133 migrants crammed onto a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Adam Alexander

“My God,” says 19-year old Miriam from the Gambia, holding her hands over her face and shaking her head. “I wouldn’t wish that journey on my own wors(...)

A displaced Nigerian woman at a refugee camp near Diffa in southeastern Niger. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria’s army yesterday said it had freed more than 5,000 people held by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram during an operation at the weekend in(...)

A  soldier stands guard in a camp of the city of Diffa during the visit of Niger’s interior minister Mohamed Bazoum following attacks by Boko Haram fighters in the region of Diffa, Niger. PHotograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

A multinational force has begun operations against Boko Haram along the border between Niger and Nigeria, a general from Niger said on Tuesday. Brig (...)

 Nigerien soldiers patroling in the desert near Bosso in Niger. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Thirty-four migrants, including 20 children, have been found dead in Niger’s vast desert after being abandoned by people-smugglers. Agadez, in the l(...)

Modu and her baby Fatima in the NYSC camp in Maiduguri, Borno State. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Kolo Modu (30) left her home six months ago. Her baby girl Fatima – chubby, cute, and constantly squirming – cries on her lap as she speaks. Fatima (...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: aim of the plan is to “save lives in the Mediterranean”. Photograph:  Vincent Kessler

The European Union is to spend up to €8 billion over the next five years to help non-EU countries tackle migration, in what has been hailed as a “new(...)

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari  with Boko Haram escapee Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki’s   four-month-old baby   during a meeting in the   presidential villa in the country’s capital  Abuja. Photograph:   Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The Nigerian army is moving in to Boko Haram’s final stronghold in the Sambisa forest to rescue more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls after one managed to (...)

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