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#BringBackOurGirls, one year later video

People react during the anniversary of the abduction of the girls during a vigil in Nigeria's capital of Abuja earlier this month.

OPINION: Hope is dwindling for the 219 missing girls' safe return. May they never be forgotten.

Penis transplants offer men hope

Every year, thousands of South African Xhosa youths leave their parents to spend weeks in the care of traditional leaders at an initiation school where they are circumcised, a rite of passage commonly referred to as "Ukwaluka" or "going to the mountain". Unfortunately for some it goes badly.

For members of a South African tribe who undergo a risky traditional circumcision, this procedure is a lifesaver.

Ex-Egyptian president jailed

Mohammed Morsi says he is determined to reverse what he calls a military coup against him in 2013 staged by then army chief, now president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became Egypt's first freely elected president.

Gin causing mystery deaths?

Ethanol poisoning from a locally-brewed gin may have been responsible for the sudden death of 18 people in Nigeria.

Ethanol poisoning from a locally-brewed gin may have been responsible for the sudden death of 18 people.

Kiwi mother grieves son's IS death

Lukas Dam was reportedly killed in a US airstrike on Kobane in December 2014.

The SIS has 'talked down' would-be Kiwi Jihadis after their families got in touch, Key says.

700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks

Migrants disembark from an earlier Italian Coast Guard boat at Palermo.

As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast as rescuers approached.

IS shoots and beheads 30 in Libya video

Islamic State militants stand behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians along a beach in Wilayat Barqa, in this still image from an undated video.

A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites appears to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Violence 'under control' in South Africa

Mozambique national Emmanuel Sithole is attacked by men in Alexandra township during anti-immigrant violence in Johannesburg April 18, 2015. He later died of his injuries.

The South African government has defended its efforts to stop attacks on migrant workers as the death count rises.

19 dead after minibus plunges into Tanzania river

Tanzania

At least 19 people were killed after a minibus they were travelling in plunged into a river in southern Tanzania.

Zuma condemns anti-immigrant violence

A man feeds his young child in a temporary tent camp south of Durban. Xenophobic violence has forced 1400 people in Durban to flee their homes and businesses.

The latest wave of violence against foreigners in South Africa has claimed five lives in the last week and 1400 people have fled their homes.

SA mobs targetting foreigners

Some South Africans have accused immigrants of taking jobs and opportunities away from them

Violent attacks on immigrant shopkeepers in Durban townships exploded and have continued since.

Bomb in Egypt kills two

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 February 5, 2015. An Egyptian court last week banned Hamas' armed wing and listed it as a terrorist organization, prompting Hamas to reject Egypt as a mediator between Israel and the Palestinians, a role it has played for decades. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

Two students from an Egyptian military academy were killed and six were wounded when a bomb exploded.

400 migrants die in shipwreck off Libya

People hold a Libyan flag as they demonstrate in support of Khalifa Haftar's "Operation Dignity", a campaign against Islamists, at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli May 23, 2014. Libya's government accused parliament on Thursday of putting security in the capital at risk by summoning a militia from the west of the country to protect the assembly. Parliamentary speaker Nuri Abu Sahmain invited the Central Shield militia to come to Tripoli after gunmen stormed the legislature on Sunday in an attack claimed by renegade general Khalifa Haftar. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

About 400 migrants have died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya after their boat capsized.

200 kidnapped schoolgirls 'may never be found'

The missing girls in an image from a video released by Boko Haram in May.

One year on from kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls, new president admits they may never be found

Nigeria's new president steps up effort

Muhammadu Buhari: "We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown ... As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them."

They have been gone a year now, but Nigeria's next leader is not promising kidnapped girls will be brought home.

Sexual violence tactics

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

UN report highlights a shocking trend of sexual violence employed as a tactic of terror by radical groups.

Captive's three year desert ordeal

Sjaak Rijk: 'Life in the desert is hard, food is often scarce and monotonous. It will be a while before I want to see pasta again.'

Sleeping in the sand and eating what food he could, after three years Sjaak Rijke wasn't sure how much longer he could survive.

Rocket attack kills 11

It was not immediately clear where the rocket had been fired from.

Eleven civilians, including six children, were killed when a rocket hit their house.

Mugabe defends mine plan, lampoons 'brutal' West

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has been scathing of mining firms that criticised a law obliging foreign-owned firms to sell at least 51 percent to black Zimbabweans.

Robert Mugabe defends Zimbabwe's drive to take majority control of foreign-owned mining companies.

Kenyan students march in wake of Garissa

Students participate in demonstrations in Nairobi in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Garissa University College.

Kenyan university students marched in the capital to demand more security from the government.

Kenya launches air strikes

A relative carries a picture of a student killed in Thursday's attack by gunmen, at the Chiromo Mortuary in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Kenya’s air force has launched strikes on two al-Shabab camps in the Gedo region of Somalia.

Captain cheered as his ship sank

The captain of an alleged pirate ship accused of fishing illegally in Antarctic waters clapped and cheered as his vessel sank off the West African coast overnight.

The captain of an alleged pirate ship accused of fishing illegally in Antarctic waters clapped and cheered as his vessel sank.

Sea Shepherd rescues pirates

The ship suspected of poaching toothfish, the Thunder, which the Sea Shepherd crew had been following.

Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker rescues the crew of a suspected illegal fishing vessel.

Commandos free Dutch hostage from al Qaeda

Armed police

French commandos free Dutch hostage from al Qaeda-linked group in Mali more than three years after he was taken captive.

Christian students foretold massacre video

A Christian faithful from the World Victory Centre prays during an Easter crusade service for the victims of the Garissa University attack in Kenya's capital Nairobi April 5, 2015. The son of a Kenyan government official was one of the masked gunmen who killed nearly 150 at a university last week, the interior ministry said on Sunday, as Kenyan churches hired armed guards to protect their Easter congregations. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Students at Kenya's Garissa University College say they felt the campus had been an obvious target.

Kenyan official's son among gunmen

A relative of a victim of the Garissa University College massacre (right) is helped by a Kenya Red Cross worker after viewing bodies of the dead.

The son of a Kenyan government official was one of the masked gunmen who killed nearly 150 at a university last week, the interior ministry said.

'Embedded' in community

A relative of a victim of the Garissa University College massacre (right) is helped by a Kenya Red Cross worker after viewing bodies of the dead.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said that those behind an attack in which militants killed 148 were "deeply embedded".

Gunmen kill nine in Nigeria

(FILES) -- A file photo taken on January 25, 2015 shows a boat of the Chadian police sailing on Lake Chad which borders Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, in Bol. Nigeria-based Boko Haram Islamists on February 13, 2015 carried out their first attack inside Chad, killing five people in an early morning strike on a village and military camp on the shores of Lake Chad, a security source told AFP. The attack left four civilians and one soldier dead before the jihadists were pushed back, the source said on condition of anonymity.  AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU

Nigeria's delta region was hit by violence as gunmen killed nine people.

Massacre survivor's 50 hours of terror

Cynthia Cheroitich recounts her ordeal hiding from the attackers.

For hours, Cynthia Cheroitich listened to the screams of her classmates. When police finally found her, she thought they were terrorists.

Al-Shabab warn of more Kenyan 'bloodbaths'

A relative of a victim of the Garissa University College massacre (right) is helped by a Kenya Red Cross worker after viewing bodies of the dead.

Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab warn of more attacks in Kenya like the assault on Garissa college.

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