The militant group is said to have invaded Cameroonian towns, sparking fears that it is expanding into neighbouring countries.
The discovery of 55 Cancri e means ground-based telescopes could be used to find new "super-Earths".
Following rumours that Beyonce would release a second surprise album, her representative says the US singer will release a boxset of her 2013 album.
Meriam Ibrahim, whose death sentence was overturned after international outcry, has arrived with her husband and two children in Italy.
The soul artist who worked with musicians such as Sam Cooke, Damon Albarn and Gorillaz has died after a career spanning nearly six decades.
A young American in Tübingen had to be rescued by 22 firefighters after getting trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina.
The first snapshot of the Afghanistan elections puts the pair of ex-ministers in the lead. But two minority candidates could decide the final result.
The Quino checkerspot butterfly has saved itself from extinction by shifting to a higher altitude and picking a new species of plant for laying eggs.
Wes Anderson’s staggeringly realised hotel of secret passion is an exhilarating and intelligent drama.
Beatrix Miller, the imperturbable editor of British "Vogue" who chronicled the swinging 1960s with wit and a sense of adventure, has died.
After weeks of mounting criticism, Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy has announced the resignation of Egypt’s interim Cabinet.
Inequality on the continent has grown in the past decade as tax systems have failed to redistribute wealth, says Christian Aid.
The old guard outshone new kids on the block as veteran star David Bowie used his Brit awards appearance to plead with Scotland not to leave the UK.
An Ethiopian teenager who says she was raped by seven men last August, now faces a possible sentence of death by stoning.
A report says state authorities have either turned a blind eye or colluded with perpetrators in the kidnapping and abuse of Eritrean refugees.
Crime write Henning Mankell has revealed that he has cancer in an advanced stage. He intends to write a newspaper column about fighting it.
Women need only seven seats, mostly on the bottom deck, on the £1-trillion double-decker bus revealed by Oxfam this week.
Soft-rock singer Bryan Adams, who will perform at a sold-out concert in Zimbabwe on Friday, faces criticism for lending credibility to Mugabe’s rule.
Binyavanga Wainaina, one of Africa’s leading literary figures, has outed himself in response to a wave of homophobic laws across the continent.
"Friendvertising" is the latest trick by marketers who want you to sell their brand.
Israeli media have reported that Ariel Sharon, who has been in a vegetative state for eight years, could be dead within days.
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say they want acquittal from Vladimir Putin, not amnesty.
The American Studies Association says its move to boycott Israeli schools is "in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of academic freedom".
The cubs – one male, one female – are the offspring of lions smuggled into Gaza through tunnels from Egypt four years ago.
US magazine publisher Condé Nast is to cease taking on work experience novices after being sued by two former interns over low pay.
Detectives have described the false lead discovery as a ‘revelation moment’ and are now focusing on a new suspect.
The gentle, plankton-eating giants seem reluctant to mate in water lacking the nutrients needed to support life.
Cher claims to have rejected an invitation to perform at the Sochi Winter Olympics in protest against anti-gay laws in Russia.
Thirty years after it was introduced, the ‘transitional policy’ endures despite warnings of its punitive effects on China’s development.
After pleas from Islamic leaders, the US says it will respect Ramadan by trying to force-feed detainees observing the fast only at night.
Woman files lawsuit after allegedly contracting oral herpes at Rihanna concert, from free sample of RiRi Woo lipstick.
Officers threatened to arrest fans that had gathered outside a Houston chapel night, hoping to watch a video for West’s latest song, "New Slaves".