3 September 2014 Last updated at 01:39

Nigeria militants 'seize' major town

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram seizes the key north-eastern town of Bama after fighting with government forces, residents tell the BBC.


Al-Shabab fighters in  Mogadishu, Somalia (5 March 2012)US targets al-Shabab's leader

The US military says it has carried out air strikes in Somalia, targeting the leader of militant group al-Shabab, but it is unclear if he was killed.

Pile of dollars (file picture)Corruption 'costs millions of lives'

About $1tn a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, the One campaign group says.

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