The UK is sending 330 military personnel to Mali to aid France's battle against jihadist militants. Why?
Schools or gas facility among mooted targets as westerners are urged to leave 'lawless' city now
Algerian workers helped disguise Alan Wright, cut the perimeter wires and led him to freedom
Bloodbath at gas plant leads to fears that Sahara could become a terrorist haven like Afghanistan
Algeria's zero-tolerance policy towards insurgents led to troops going in 'with all guns blazing'
Messi has 86 goals, but the great Zambian striker scored 107 times in one year
South African government former president is suffering from recurrent lung infection
Militia group takes DR Congo city, prompting fears of further conflict in this 'haunted, blood-soaked' country
Group linked to al-Qaeda makes series of threats on Twitter – but is on the retreat in Somalia
Attempts to crack down on Islamist militias in Libya could backfire
A swimmer participates in the annual Irish Bog Snorkelling Championship at Peatlands Park, Northern Ireland. The event, which celebrates International Bog Day, requires competitors to swim through 60 metres of swampy waters.
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