News A fatal Mozambique airline plane crash was 'deliberately' caused by the pilot, experts say

Aviation officials say the aircraft’s ‘black box’ shows there was a ‘clear intention’ to manually bring the plane down

Stelios set for take off with a pan-African airline

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, pictured, moved closer to launching a pan-African, low-cost airline yesterday after a British investment firm he is part of bought Lonhro's African aviation business.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou set for take-off with a pan-African airline in Lonrho deal

EasyJet's founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou moved closer to launching a pan-African, low-cost airline yesterday after a British investment firm he is part of bought Lonhro's African aviation business.

London slips down rankings of world's most expensive cities

If you think the UK in general and London in particular are expensive locations for foreign businessmen – think again.

Retired Mossad agent appears in London court in African diamond battle between Israeli-Russian tycoons

A retired Mossad agent appeared before a London court today in the midst of a battle between two Israeli-Russian tycoons over African diamond profits.

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Team GB basketball side miss out on lucrative match with US 'Dream Team' at Olympics

The schedule for the basketball competition at the London 2012 Olympics has been revealed, with Team GB missing out on a lucrative match with the United States.

Portugal: Emigrate to Angola, jobless are told

Portugal's unemployment is almost 15 per cent, VAT at 23 per cent has kicked in, and its bailed-out economy stutters along ever more painfully. But a solution, of sorts, is at hand for the country's beleaguered population: emigrate to Portugal's former colony of Angola.

Hunting for employment: José Guedes, centre, 35, queues at the Angolan consulate in Lisbon, last month, to request a visa. He thinks his engineering skills will be in demand in Africa

Europe's jobless flee for new El Dorados

Africa and Latin America are proving a godsend for workers

Obiang Nguema looms large

Cup hosts Equatorial Guinea bank on the wealth of Nations

Oil-rich rulers put on show of opulence out of reach to an impoverished population

Handball: Austria dash GB hopes

Great Britain's hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the London Handball Cup are over after they suffered a 31-23 defeat to Austria.

General Magnus Malan: Feared and notorious politician who waged a dirty war against the enemies of apartheid

The death of Magnus Malan marks the passing of one of the most powerful and notorious leaders of the apartheid era. To his enemies, he was a figure of fear and hatred – one of the monsters of an evil system; to his colleagues and subordinates he was a figure of awe – the general who reorganised the military and then reorganised the country along military lines.

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The Land at the End of the World, By António Lobo Antunes, trans. Margaret Jull Costa

Before reading António Lobo Antunes's stunning novel about Portugal's colonial war in Angola (newly translated by Margaret Jull Costa), I knew little about the African country's history, its Portuguese colonisers, and its bitter fight for independence. The two years Lobo Antunes spent in Angola, serving as a medic, affected him profoundly and was a major theme of his earlier novels. His second, The Land at the End of the World (first published in 1979), suggests the author had a psychological compulsion to write about his experiences.

Walking on Dry Land, By Denis Kehoe

A weaving of Angola's past andpresent comes apart at the seams

Immigration detainees 'denied life-saving drugs'

HIV-positive patients put at severe risk by UK Border Agency, doctors warn

Review of aid spending sees poor nations cut adrift

Britain is to cut off aid to some of the world's poorest countries in an overhaul of development spending set out yesterday by the Government.

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