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Six aid workers killed in ambush

UN peacekeepers ride on their truck as they protect internally displaced people during a reallocation at the United ...

It's the deadliest incident involving aid workers in South Sudan since the country's civil war began.

56 jailed over migrant boat shipwreck

More than 200,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean last year. A record 5000 drowned trying to make the voyage. (FILE PHOTO)

More than 200 died when the boat capsized in one of the deadliest Mediterranean crossing disasters.

40 police officers decapitated

Insurgency in Congo has spread to five provinces.

They were ambushed by militia fighters in the deadliest attack in Congo since an uprising began in August.

Former Egyptian leader Mubarak freed

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak looks towards his supporters from the military hospital where he was being held ...

Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown in 2011, was cleared of the final murder charges against him this month.

Life in South Sudan just got tougher stuff nation

Francis Ogali, 13, mixes a chlorine solution which will be diluted in water trucks that pump water from the White Nile ...

Eight times a day, the water arrives by bicycle, sloshing around in big, yellow jerry cans tied to a creaking bicycle frame.

Starving as the world watches stuff nation video

Women and children wait in the early hours of the morning to be registered prior to a food distribution carried out by ...

They've been waiting since the early hours. Mothers with babies and children. Thousands of them. All needing help.

TV station accidentally airs porn

The explicit material ran from between 1.10pm to 1.30pm.

A religious channel in Senegal has slammed an unidentified saboteur for hacking the network to air explicit material.

Baby's extra legs removed video

Nancy Swabb, left, and her daughter Mara, 9, far right, sit and play with 10-month-old Dominique, who was born with four ...

Six hours of surgery saw an extra set of legs sticking out of a baby's neck successfully removed.

49 survive 'miraculous' crash landing

The South Supreme Airlines plane reportedly landed safely but because of bad weather, missed the line and hit a fire truck.

Bad weather caused a plane to crash into a fire truck upon landing, bursting into flames.

Falling tree kills at least 18

Emergency workers work to clear the fallen tree limbs at the Kintampo waterfalls.

​At least 18 people, including high schoolers, killed by falling tree at popular Ghana swimming spot.

Former street child heals divisions

Campaigner Dieudonne Nahimana.

A former street child who met and forgave his father's killers is training a new generation of leaders to break Burundi's cycle of retribution.

Mandela's granddaughter rejects ANC

Ndileka Mandela, granddaughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, says the ANC no longer holds the values ...

Nelson Mandela's political party no longer stands for what he fought for, his granddaughter says.

Shearer at home in 'perfect storm'

David Shearer meets with South Sudanese on a recent trip to Leer and Thonyor in South Sudan.

David Shearer, the UN's head of mission in South Sudan, has one of the hardest jobs in the world - but he'd take it over Parliament any day.

Teen's brush with death video

Isaac Driver, 14, bravely wants to continue on with his family holiday in South Africa.

Isaac Driver, 14, already has a story to tell the grandkids about his cheetah encounter, and once it's healed, a scar to prove it.

Boy mauled by cheetah

Christchurch schoolboy Isaac Driver, 14, was attacked by a cheetah while on a tour in South Africa. (File photo)

A Christchurch boy has been attacked by a cheetah in South Africa.

The whales that form super groups

Humpback whale surprise. The animals are being seen gathering to feed in super groups off the southwest coast of South ...

Why humpback whales are gathering in unexpectedly large groups in the Southern hemisphere.

Pastor finds giant diamond

The 706-carat diamond was discovered by pastor Emmanuel Momoh in eastern Sierra Leone.

​A Christian pastor in Sierra Leone has found one of the world's largest uncut diamonds, weighing 706 carats.

Mountain of garbage kills 115

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim recovered out from a pile of garbage following a landslide when a mound of ...

Death toll continues to rise at Ethiopian landfill, with at least 80 people still unaccounted for.

Trumpcare to hurt rural voters most

A study has found as many as 52 million Americans would be without insurance by 2026 under Trumpcare, compared with ...

OPINION: The harshest consequences of the healthcare plan is likely to be felt mostly in rural Republican strongholds.

Rhino horns found in luggage

White rhinoceros Bruno (R) and Gracie are seen in their enclosure at Thoiry zoo and wildlife park, about 50 km (30 ...

The horns, worth about $7.2 million, were found in luggage sent from Ethiopia to Thailand.

Somali pirates hijack ship

The Somali coast as seen from the air. The incident will be the first hijack of a commercial ship by Somali pirates ...

Pirates hijack oil tanker, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012.

Rubbish dump death toll rises video

Diggers search for bodies after the landfill's collapse.

At least 62 people are dead after a mountain of trash collapsed at a landfill in Ethiopia.

At least 35 killed in dump landslide video

Thumbnail only - it's an AP photo screenshotted from a tweet that's embedded in the story.

Officials vow to relocate people living in an Ethiopian dump as landslide death toll rises.

Soldier who killed 7 girls set free

Ahmed Daqamseh, pictured in 2012, was set free on Sunday.

Ahmed Daqamseh opened fire on the girls while they were on a class trip, 20 years ago.

20m facing starvation - UN video

Famine-hit South Sudanese are having to eat weeds and water lilies to survive as they hide from gunmen in the swamps and ...

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945.

Pharaoh's statue found in slum video

A man passes by what appears to be the head of an unearthed statue that workers say depicts Pharaoh Ramses II.

A massive 8-metre statue found in Cairo could be one of the most important finds ever from ancient Egypt.

8 die in stampede for food

Thousands of people had been invited to a food handout in Zambia's capital when the stampede happened.

Eight people are dead and 28 injured after a stampede during food handouts at a youth centre in Zambia's capital, Lusaka.

Drought kills 110 in two days

A Somali woman holds her child at a ward dedicated for diarrhoea patients at the Banadir hospital in Somalia's capital, ...

As famine grips Somalia, women and kids are dying after drinking tainted water - but they have no other choice.

Zoo croc stoned to death

The crocodile died after being hit on the head with large rocks.

Tunisian authorities condemn "savage behaviour" of zoo visitors after a crocodile dies of head injuries.

Millions starving in famine stuff nation video

The world's newest country, South Sudan, is being hit by the first famine in the world for six years.

 OPINION: South Sudan is in the grip of a famine. We can't let children die.

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