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Nigerian army didn't heed Boko Haram kidnap warning, says Amnesty International

Daniel Magnowski Nigerian security forces failed to act on an advance warning about a raid by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on a school that led to the abduction of more than 200 girls last month, Amnesty...

Pope Francis meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis met privately on Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just...

No way out, no way home

Syrian woman Lina kisses her two-year-old daughter outside her makeshift tent in Lebanon

Michael Gordon As the civil war in Syria enters its fourth year and the resulting displacement crisis becomes the worst in the world, women are bearing the awful brunt.

53 blindfolded bodies found in Iraq as political leaders bicker

Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb Hezbollah,  join the Iraqi army to fight against Sunni Jihadist militants of the Islamic State.

Raheem Salman and Isra' al-Rubei'i Iraqi security forces found 53 corpses, blindfolded and handcuffed, south of Baghdad on Wednesday as Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders traded accusations over an Islamist insurgency raging in the country's...

Sudan detains Christian woman Meriam Ibrahim after freeing her from death row

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim on her wedding day with husband Daniel Wani.

Ahmed Feteha Christian woman re-arrested with her husband and children at the airport, despite her apostasy conviction being overturned.

Egyptian prisons 'like hotels', says official

Australian journalist Peter Greste and two Al-Jazeera colleagues were sentenced to years in prison in Egypt last month.

Laura King and Amro Hassan Despite widespread and consistent accounts of abuses in Egyptian prisons, a senior Interior Ministry official insisted there was no such maltreatment occurring, and likened jailhouse conditions to a...

Peter Greste case: Inside Egypt's Tora prison

Soldiers guard outside of Tora Prison where al-Jazeera journalist and Australian citizen Peter Greste has been held.

Amanda Hoh Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues face up to seven years in Cairo's notorious Tora prison which former detainees have described as having "nightmarish" conditions.

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard After six bleak months in an Egyptian prison and 12 court sessions in which the prosecution’s case has veered from the farcical to the irrelevant, it is judgment day for Australian journalist...

Sudan frees Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim on her wedding day with husband Daniel Wani.

Robyn Dixon A Christian woman in Sudan sentenced to death last month for apostasy was released Monday after her conviction was overturned by Khartoum's appeal court, according to her lawyer.

Rena Netjes: 'I will not relax until Peter Greste is out of that prison'

Rena Netjes

Megan Levy Dutch journalist Rena Netjes says she will not rest until Peter Greste is released from prison in Egypt.

Peter Greste case: international anger for Egypt's sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists

Australian journalist Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Egypt faced international condemnation over the harsh jail sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – with human rights groups describing...

Gunmen kill "many" in attack on Nigerian village

Missing: Martha Mark with a picture of her daughter Monica, one of the 276 girls abducted by Boko Haram in mid-April.

Suspected Islamist militants stormed a village in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, killing several people and torching houses near where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago, a...

Roma assault: French ministers created 'toxic atmosphere' before attack

Jean-Marie Le Pen founder of French far-right Front National party. The party which took first place in European elections, has been blamed for stirring hatred of Roma.

Rory Mulholland The French government has been accused of creating a "toxic atmosphere" that may have led to a vigilante mob attack on a Roma teenager.

At least 22 dead after asylum seeker boats capsize on way to Greece

At least 22 migrants including four children drowned in the Aegean Sea on Monday after a yacht and a dinghy carrying them towards Greek shores capsized, coastguard officials said.

Egypt poll winner to face huge task of restoring stability

Supporters of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Ruth Pollard The Egypt that leading candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to inherit after the election is violently divided and deeply disappointed after three years of revolution.

Sudan may reverse death sentence on Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim

Harriet Alexander Sudan's government is considering reversing the death sentence passed on Meriam Ibrahim, who faces hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

Tiananmen Square massacre: 180,000 attend Hong Kong candlelight vigil to mark 25th anniversary

Tens of thousands of people attended the vigil at Victoria Park.

Philip Wen Hong Kong: Tens of thousands gathered at an impassioned rally in central Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, amid a vigorous security operation on the streets...

Prosecution wants maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian

Caged in court room: Al Jazeera journalists (left to right) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Ruth Pollard Egypt's prosecution has called for the maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – who are on trial for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to...

CIA sends out its first tweet

Stepping out of the shadows: CIA sent its first tweet.

James Queally The CIA joined Twitter on Friday with a tongue-in-cheek salvo: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet."

Ugandan president signs law to jail gays for life

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.

Grace Matsiko 'There is something really wrong with you,' the defiant president said to gay men as he dismissed warnings from allies and signed the controversial law.