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Plane waits to take Togo players home

Togo seemed set to withdraw from the African Cup of Nations last night, despite last-ditch negotiations to keep them in the tournament.

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Togo withdraw as sport grapples with terror

Three deaths jeopardise African tournament and World Cup

Togo team 'should not have taken bus'

Togo's national football team, who were ambushed by gunmen on their way to the African Nations Cup in Angola yesterday, failed to inform local organisers of the competition they were coming by bus.

Togo footballers injured as gunmen ambush team bus on road to Angola

Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor says team may quit African Nations Cup after terrifying ordeal

Togo team bus attacked in Angola

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor escaped unharmed after a bus carrying the Togo national team came under attack from gunfire in Angola.

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The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Angola this Sunday.

The Dragon's Gift, By Deborah Brautigam

Wise men in Africa

Ghana to investigate Essien absence

The Ghana Football Association will investigate the absence of the Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, Internazionale's Sulley Muntari and the Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan from the squad which travelled to Luanda for yesterday's friendly against Angola.

Mitterrand guilty in arms scandal

French court convicts son of ex-president and former minister over arms sales

My Father's Wives, By José Eduardo Agualusa

In this spirited road novel by the Angolan winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (for The Book of Chameleons), a Lisbon-based film-maker criss-crosses southern Africa in search of the truth about her reputed biological father, a jazz virtuoso.

Oil is no gift for Africa's poor

Nigeria and Angola are Africa's top two oil producers, yet most of their people live in wretched poverty, often in shanties dwarfed by fire-belching derricks.

Alex Vines: Asia's giants are powering their growth with African oil

Neither Nigeria nor Angola fits into the stereotype of weak African states being ruthlessly exploited by resource-hungry Asian tigers.

Cambodian authorities ban Miss Landmine contest

Pageant would damage dignity of the disabled, says government

Rainy Season, By Jose Eduardo Agualusa trans Daniel Hahn

Imagine Boris Pasternak's Dr Zhivago transplanted to tropical Africa, chopped up into glittering, bloodstained fragments and set to dance to a delirious rumba. Then you might begin to take the measure of this novel of a revolution that devours its children. When Angola's Jose Eduardo Agualusa won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007 with The Book of Chameleons, readers glimpsed the scars of betrayal, loss and grief that lay behind its magically charming surfaces. Yet, without a prior grasp of Angola's punishing trek from Portuguese rule past a disputed independence and into decades of sporadic civil strife, the picture for outsiders remained a little blurred.

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