BBC Africa looks back at Zambia’s first five decades through its five presidents.
There are fears that the ancient site of Babylon in present-day Iraq is threatened with destruction by the militant group calling itself Islamic State.
As a proportion of the total population, more people died in Greater Syria than anywhere else in the world during the First World War. In Mount Lebanon a third of the population died of famine and disease.
Photographs show a US air strike hitting an Islamic State position on a hill near the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.
The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years.
The Imperial War Museum’s latest exhibition focuses on Afghanistan as British troops prepare to leave.
Steve Rosenberg visits Kiev to see how the recent violence in Ukraine has had an impact on who is running for parliament.
There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia.