Boko Haram crisis: Amnesty accuses Nigeria troops of rape Image copyright Reuters Image caption Troops have been fighting the militants for almost a decade Nigerian soldiers have raped women and girls who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said.
Troops separated women from their husbands and raped them, sometimes in exchange for food, in refugee camps, the rights group added.
Thousands of people have also starved to death in the camps in north-eastern Nigeria since 2015, Amnesty said.
Nigeria's military has dismissed the allegations as malicious and false.
"These false reports, which are capable of derailing the good work being done by our patriotic and selfless soldiers, must stop," the military said in a statement.
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Itai Dzamara: The man who stood up to Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and vanished Image copyright Kumbirai Mafunda Itai Dzamara was one of the most outspoken critics of Robert Mugabe before his disappearance. Three years later, his loved ones are still waiting for answers. Kim Chakanetsa reports from Zimbabwe.
Sheffra Dzamara has not seen her husband Itai Dzamara in more than three years. Her life changed irrevocably on the morning of 9 March 2015 when Mr Dzamara was abducted.
Since then, she has lived a life in limbo, veering between hope and despair, unsure whether he is alive or dead.
'I have to smile'Despite his absence, Mr Dzamara is still very much a presence in the house they shared off a quiet street in Harare's Glen Norah Neighbourhood.
In the corner of her living room is a large framed photo taken in a park on a sunny day.
In it, Mr Dzamara and his wife stand side-by-side, smiling. A snapshot of a happier, easier time.
Life since her husband disappeared ha..
Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Patients 'taken to church' Image copyright AFP Image caption Ebola can cause fatal bleeding from internal organs Three Ebola patients left a treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their families demanded to take them to church, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Two of the patients later died, while the third returned to the centre in the city of Mbandaka.
This presents a new challenge for health workers battling to stop the spread of the contagious disease, says the BBC's Anne Soy in DR Congo.
Ebola has no known cure.
Health officials fear it could spread rapidly in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of one million.
Isolation is the main way to keep the disease under control.
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Wael Abbas: Prominent Egyptian blogger 'arrested' Image copyright AFP Image caption Wael Abbas has spent more than a decade documenting alleged police abuses A prominent Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting alleged abuses by the security forces has been detained, his lawyer says.
Heavily armed officers raided Wael Abbas's home in Cairo overnight and took him away blindfolded to an unknown location, according to Gamal Eid.
Mr Abbas himself posted on Facebook: "I am being arrested."
One report cited security officials as saying he was suspected of spreading false news and joining a banned group.
A number of bloggers and activists are reported to have been detained since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected for a second term in March.
Human rights groups have accused Mr Sisi of overseeing an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since he led the military's overthrow of Egypt's first democratically elected leader, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013 foll..
Keith Morris guilty of Kenya 'holiday' child rape charges Image copyright National Crime Agency (NCA) Image caption Keith Morris, 72, from Hull, visited a remote Kenyan village, where the victims lived, "for a number of years with his family", the National Crime Agency (NCA) said A man has been found guilty of raping two girls in Kenya.
Keith Morris, 72, from Hull, carried out the crimes while on holiday in a remote village between 2016 and 2017, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
He denied 13 charges including rape and sexual assault but was convicted following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he befriended the young victims' families over the past 20 years, giving them money and gifts.
Morris, a retired locksmith of New Bridge Road, also financially sponsored several of the families, providing household goods, clothing, medical treatment and paying for their children's education, the CPS said.
He would take groups of chil..
The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Female Parliamentarians Association, Princess Stella Oduah has said that empowerment and legislation are key to ensuring women’s participation in politics in West Africa.
Speaking at the launching of the ECOWAS Gender and Elections Strategic Framework and Action Plan/ 1st ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) Regional Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday, 21st May, 2018, Senator Oduah said that although some women in the sub-region have succeeded in politics, majority lack the necessary capacity to break the varied barriers that wedge women’s participation in politics and inclusion in government.
Consequently, Princess Oduah, who represents the Anambra North Constituency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, called on ECOWAS Member States to promote and pass laws that deliberately aim at improving the plight of women, economically and politically, saying that “legislation backed by implementation is th..