Africa

Boko Haram on the run

TAKING BACK CONTROL: Nigerien soldiers patrol on foot in Damasak on March 24. Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad.

Boko Haram fighters have been driven from a sprawling area in northern Nigeria, averting a disaster.

Tunisia museum to reopen

A still image taken from video shows tourists running for cover as armed men stand guard at Tunisia's national museum.

Tunisia is aiming to restore faith in its tourism sector by reopening the National Bardo Museum.

June: Fighting for Reeva

A MOTHER'S PAIN: June Steenkamp says she is trying to heal from her daughter's brutal killing.

The only time June Steenkamp talked to her daughter's killer, Oscar Pistorious, was to warn him to protect her daughter.

Hunting for the next Ebola outbreak

SPRAWLING SEARCH: The Wildlife Conservation Society field team travel by pirogue from the Goualougo Triangle Camp back to Bomassa Headquarters. In the race to answer the big scientific questions around Ebola, researchers in the Republic of Congo are looking into the role of red river hogs in transmission of the virus from wildlife to human populations.

This team isn't looking for infected people. They're trying to find out where Ebola hides between human epidemics.

Boko Haram's pile of throat-slit corpses

FIGHTING BACK: Chadian soldiers hold weapons in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria.  Armies from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have launched an offensive to end Boko Haram's six-year campaign, which has killed thousands in northern Nigeria and spilled over into Cameroon and Niger.

Soldiers liberating a Nigerian town from Boko Haram have found scores of bodies dumped under a bridge.

Cruises stop Tunisia visits

Police lead their dogs during the attack by gunmen on Tunisia's national museum in Tunis March 18, 2015. Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia's national museum, killing 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians on Wednesday in one of the worst militant attacks in a country that has largely escaped the region's "Arab Spring" turmoil. REUTERS/ Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

Two cruise lines suspended visits to Tunisia on Thursday after 17 passengers from their ships were killed.

Islamic State claims Tunis attack video

ON ALERT: Police officers stand outside the parliament in Tunis after gunmen in military uniforms stormed a national museum, killing 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians.

 Tunisia to deploy army to major cities after 20 foreign tourists were shot dead in an attack on a museum.

Tunis attack victims identified

A still image taken from video shows tourists running for cover as armed men stand guard at Tunisia's national museum in Tunis

Officials, families and media reports have named some of the 20 foreign tourists killed in the Tunis museum attack.

Gunman known to agencies

AFTERMATH: Police officers stand outside the parliament in Tunis after the massacre at Tunisia's national museum.

One of the two gunmen who killed 19 at a Tunisian museum was known to intelligence services.

Massacre at Tunisia museum video

Police lead their dogs during the attack by gunmen on Tunisia's national museum in Tunis.

Gunmen in military uniforms have stormed Tunisia's national museum, killing 20 people including 17 foreign tourists.

Boko Haram ousted

Nigerian special forces guard a compound as they participate in an hostage rescue exercise at the end of the Flintlock exercise in Mao, Chad, Saturday, March 7, 2015. The U.S. military and its Western partners conduct this training annually and set up plans long before Boko Haram began attacking its neighbors Niger, Chad and Cameroon. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Cameroon Col. Jacob Kodji said forces from his country attacked Boko Haram militants.

4 nurses kidnapped in Libya

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Militants from the Islamic State affiliate in Libya kidnapped four nurses from the Philippines in broad daylight.

Penis transplant is 'successful'

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"We are very surprised by his rapid recovery," surgeons say after the man regained all functions in the transplanted organ.

Appeal against Pistorius conviction allowed

CONVICTED: Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers failed to stop prosecutors from appealing the double-amputee athlete's negligent killing conviction.

Assault on Boko Haram video

ROCKET MAN: A Chadian soldier with an RPG arsenal during troop movements that could mean a fresh offensive against Boko Haram.

African armies joining forces to fight the rampant Boko Haram militants look set for a new offensive.

Boko Haram joins Islamic State

HARD ROAD: Chad's soldiers fighting Boko Haram have struggled against the feared jihadists that have now been accepted into the IS fold.

Islamic State has accepted a pledge of allegiance from feared Nigerian jihadist organisation Boko Haram.

Bees for land mine hunt?

Dogs are commonly used to sniff out explosives, contraband and other illegal items.

Humans have looked to a variety of animals to help detect explosives.

Bomb-sniffing elephants?

In this photo taken on Thursday, June 13, 2013 released by Adventures With Elephants, a handler identified as Sugar rides an elephant called Chishuru during a smell test in Bela-Bela, north of Pretoria, South Africa. Armed with a sharp sense of smell, dogs have a long history of detecting explosives for their human handlers. Trained rats sniff out land mines from old African wars. In Croatia, researchers have tried to train bees to identify TNT.

Armed with a sharp sense of smell, dogs have a long history of detecting explosives for their human handlers.

Blast wounds 25 Egyptian police

A reconnaissance military helicopter flies over Cairo, January 27, 2015.  A car bomb killed one person and police discovered three other explosive devices, Egyptian security sources said on Tuesday, after several days of violence surrounding the anniversary of a 2011 uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

A bomb wounded 25 Egyptian policemen in the Sinai peninsula.

Nurse forgives daughters abductor

Celeste Nurse arrives at court in Cape Town on Friday.

Celeste Nurse only spent two days with her new daughter before the little girl was snatched out of her hospital crib while Ms Nurse slept beside her.

Stolen infant found 17 years later video

Celeste Nurse in hospital with Zephany before she was abducted.

Celeste Nurse was dozing in the hospital, recovering from a C-section, when her baby was snatched from her arms.

Stephen Jennings - retraction and apology

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Last week, stuff.co.nz published an article regarding NZ businessman Stephen Jennings, and his business activities in Kenya and Russia.

Boko Haram bid to join IS

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, in a still taken from a terrorist video.

By pledging allegiance to IS, Nigeria's home-grown militants have severed ties to al-Qaida

Attacks in Egypt

Palestinians militants take part in a news conference with representatives of various Palestinian armed factions to condemn the decision of an Egyptian court that banned Hamas' armed wing, in Gaza City.

A series of bombings killed one person and injured nine in Egypt's second city of Alexandria

Two civilians, peacekeeper killed in Mali

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 27, 2013.            REUTERS/Mary Altaffer/Pool  (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS)

Three killed after militants attack barracks used by a United Nations force in northern Mali.

Pyramid tourist porn angers Egypt

LEARN THE RULES: Kissing the Sphinx is an acceptable tourist souvenir. Egypt says porn films are not.

Video of female tourist getting naked and performing sex acts is being investigated in Egypt.

Militants kill five in restaurant

Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA drive in the desert near Tabankort, Mali. It is not known which militant group was responsible for the Bamako attack.

Militants killed five people including a French citizen and a Belgian citizen in a gun attack on a restaurant in the capital of Mali.

Ebola scares sprinter into beggar's life

EBOLA: Health workers bury the body of a suspected Ebola victim at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Missing Commonwealth Games athlete found in London having skipped flight home after seeing family members dying on TV.

S.A. to investigate spy allegations

Julius Malema, leader of an opposition party that says it wants to redistribute resources to the poor, was also accused of working for American intelligence.

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa said it had no comment. The CIA also declined to comment.

Ebola cases increase

GRAVE ERRORS: Not all Ebola burials are carried out safely, says the WHO.

More cases of Ebola have been found in Guinea and Sierra Leone, says the World Health Organisation.

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