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On a return visit, Sue Watt finds a captivating country poised to welcome tourists again.
'I squatted in a derelict cinema in Berlin ... it was quite an adventure'
The Ghana captain, John Mensah, scored a rare goal and was then sent off as the African Cup of Nations favourites, Ghana, laboured to a 1-0 win over Botswana in their opening Group D match yesterday.
South African police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of rock-throwing supporters of the controversial youth leader of the African National Congress (ANC) yesterday as he faced possible suspension from the party over his outspoken demands that embarrassed its leadership.
The American Allyson Felix was made to fight all the way before winning the 400 metres in last night's first Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha.
A warrior in the fight against racism
One in four people infected with the Aids virus in Southern Africa are hyper-infectious super-carriers, scientists at Harvard University have discovered. By targeting these individuals for treatment, the scientists hope it may be possible to counter the rising number of new HIV infections in the worst-affected parts of the world in what could be a major breakthrough in the fight against the spread of Aids.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Tanzania
From the outside, the nine stone, canvas and thatched suites at this lodge look like classic safari territory, but the interiors are pure contemporary chic with panoramic windows and mirrored room dividers. The communal areas are bedded into the terraced hillside and scattered with squishy sofas. A river-sand "beach" has been created for sunbathing, while a curved swimming pool overlooks a waterhole.
Priced out of the legitimate alcohol market, the poor are turning instead to deadly homebrews
Pay £400 less in Turkey
Elixir Holidays is offering deals at the luxurious Elixir Art Hotel on the sleepy Bozburun Peninsula. Departing 1 May for seven nights, pay £890 for flights, transfers and B&B.
Go to: elixirholidays.com
Reflecting on the Cultural Olympiad – and the mystery surrounding the cultural programme for the 2012 Olympics – Alistair Spalding, the artistic director and chief executive of Sadler's Wells, Britain's premiere venue for contemporary dance, said he was a little worried at the lack of "big names" that had been confirmed to be taking part in the initiative. "They [the organisers] have left it quite late. The artists I'm engaged with are already involved in their own activities, their diaries are filling up... I imagine it is going to be a challenge, because it's quite late in the day." He suggested that it might be better – for programming, at least – to "move the Olympics to 2013"! Tony Hall, meanwhile, who is the chair of the Olympiad, said discussions with artists were taking place, and that an announcement of who would take part was imminent over the next few months. The Olympiad, he said, was going to change its name, adding that it would prove to be the "festival of festivals". We await further details.
Chrissie Hynde, a campaigning vegetarian and the lead singer of the Pretenders, recently fulfilled a lifelong ambition she spent the day in Watford, milking cows.
Forego the comforts of hotel and 4x4, and take a walk on Africa's wild side, says Mike Unwin
Splash out and drink in the views at these alluring waterside hotels. By Aoife O'Riordain
Party officials remain suspicious as leader says it was not attempt on his life
Visitors once flocked to Zimbabwe, but abhorrence for President Mugabe's regime has all but destroyed tourism in the country. When will the tourists be tempted back?