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VIDEO: ‘I was forced to marry a stranger’

As a global summit begins, aimed at tackling the issue of forced marriage, BBC News has heard from a teenager whose parents made her marry a stranger. The Girl Summit, which is being held in London on Tuesday, also aims to end female genital mutilation within a generation. ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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Letter from Africa: Will Chibok parents switch sides?

22 July 2014 Last updated at 10:27 In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa in Lagos writes that the schoolgirls abducted by militant Islamists in Nigeria are at the centre of a political battle between the president and his critics. It is more than ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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Nigeria leader to see girls’ parents

22 July 2014 Last updated at 10:24 Parents have been pleading for the release of the girls Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is due to meet for the first time parents of the girls abducted by militant Islamists 100 days ago. He has been under intense pressure to ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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‘Exciting’ drug flushes out HIV

22 July 2014 Last updated at 05:31 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website Scientists say they have made an “exciting” step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of hiding. HIV can become part of someone’s DNA and lie dormant for decades, ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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FGM parents to face prosecution

22 July 2014 Last updated at 09:43 David Cameron said FGM and forced marriage were “abhorrent” practices Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) under new measures being announced. Prime ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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The Zambian children forced to marry

22 July 2014 Last updated at 00:18 By Nomsa Maseko BBC News, Chibombo, Zambia It estimated 14 million girls globally are forced into marriage before their 18th birthday Seventeen-year-old Agnes (not her real name) was married three months ago to a man she had never met. ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?

21 July 2014 Last updated at 23:43 By Matthew Wall Business reporter, BBC News Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Drones could play a significant role in anti-poaching and wildlife conservation An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers

Poachers backed by international crime syndicates are slaughtering elephants and rhinos just for their highly valuable tusks and horns. As GPS-tagged armed rangers and sniffer dogs patrol game reserves across Africa, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, could provide them ...

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July 22nd, 2014

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Omeruo to rejoin Middlesbrough on loan

Nigeria international defender Kenneth Omeruo has agreed to return for a second loan spell at English Championship side Middlesbrough from Chelsea. The 20-year-old centre-back spent the second half of last season at the Riverside and played 14 games. BBC Sport has learned he

jaapschaap

July 21st, 2014

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Boko Haram ‘controls’ Nigeria town

21 July 2014 Last updated at 20:31 Boko Haram’s insurgency has become more brutal in the past year Nigeria’s militant Islamists are in control of the key town of Damboa in north-eastern Nigeria, a local vigilante leader has told the BBC. The vigilante force ...

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July 21st, 2014

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