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

Manchester United sell Manucho to Valladolid

Manchester United have confirmed the sale of Angolan striker Manucho to Spanish outfit Real Valladolid.

A Mercy, By Toni Morrison

Set in 17th-century Virginia, Morrison's first novel in five years takes place on a small farm run by Anglo-Dutch trader, Jacob Vaark. Although Vaark does not trade in human flesh, he agrees to accept a young Angolan slave, Florens, in part payment for a bad debt.

Hull sign Manucho from Manchester United

Hull have struck a deal to sign Manchester United striker Manucho on loan for the rest of the season.

The Other, By Ryszard Kapuscinski, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones

A philosophical journey teaches humility in the face of the unknown

Album: Bonga, Bairro, (Lusafrica)

What makes this 65-year-old Angolan veteran's music so compelling is that he effortlessly mixes Brazilian samba with the melancholy yearnings of Cape Verdean morna.

Independent Appeal: Change, not charity, is this year's message

A number of aid agencies might have gone into the shanty town known as the musseques on the edge of Luanda, the capital of Angola, and brought in supplies of piped water. The need was obvious enough. But One World Action (OWA) realised it was not just the sun-baked soil that needed drilling down into. There was a social problem which needed deeper attention too.

Waldemar Bastos, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Waldemar Bastos has become a de facto lightning rod for his country, Angola's, struggles – from the day he was arrested as an innocent schoolchild by the Portuguese secret police, to the more recent moment when his eldest son was killed by one of the factions who turned a war of independence into a savage civil one.

Angola ruling party poised for big election win

The ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) may be declared the winner of Angola's disputed parliamentary election as early as Monday when authorities release a round of results expected to show the party with an insurmountable lead.

Manucho gets Manchester United work permit

Manchester United have received a work permit for Angola striker Manucho, who joined the club last year.

BG Group finds six of the best oilfields off coast of Brazil

BG Group has found yet another oilfield in the deep waters of the Santos basin off Brazil, taking the tally of successful explorations in the region to an unprecedented six out of six.

Human Love, By Andreï Makinetrs Geoffrey Strachan

There is little to celebrate about human nature in this novel about disillusionment and war

Zimbabwe's Morgan Tsvangirai takes refuge in Dutch embassy

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has pulled out of a presidential election because of violence, sought refuge overnight in the Dutch embassy, officials of that country have said.

Huge arrest tally as Zimbabwe police round up opposition

Heavily armed police raided opposition headquarters in Harare today, arresting scores of people, said officials. Independent election observers were also reported to have been hit.

Fashion: Out of Africa

As the doyenne of classic simplicity, Nicole Farhi is celebrating a quarter century at the top of her profession. She talks to Carola Long about the exotic inspiration for her new collection and her passion for interior design
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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