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Plan to treat 'super-carriers' offers new hope

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.

The Big Six: Chic African Safari Lodges

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.

Small Talk: On the hunt for Botswana's new copper reserves

The FTSE 100 is awash with copper miners. Investors have their pick of the big diversified groups or more focused players such as Antofagasta and Kazakhmys, both of whose shares tend to move in tandem with the copper price.

Cyber attack on charity 'directed by governments'

A human rights group that campaigns to defend the world's indigenous peoples says it has been the victim of a sophisticated and wide-ranging cyber attack. It has blamed the attack on the governments of two countries it believes may have been angered by recent campaigns.

Katy Holland: Watching wildlife on a family safari – that's just half the story

Are We There Yet? Family-friendly safaris these days are all about getting children to engage with their environment

Discovery Metals looks to raise $150m to develop Botswana copper mine

Discovery Metals, the AIM-listed miner that has investment sage George Soros as a shareholder, is looking to raise $150m in loans and new shares later this year.

Alexander McCall Smith: The No1 novelist's guide to Edinburgh

Alexander McCall Smith is a one-man literary industry. He has sold 40 million books, travels obsessively and churns out four or five new novels a year. But what he really likes are Belgian shoes, saddleback pigs and leisurely strolls around his beloved Edinburgh neighbourhood

Mo Ibrahim: Why no one got a prize this year

Africa is full of hope and potential, maybe more so than any other continent

Why Africans are dying for a drink

Priced out of the legitimate alcohol market, the poor are turning instead to deadly homebrews

Tips and deals of the week: 18/04/2010

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

Business Diary: 06/02/2010

AIG parties on despite the bonus furore

AIG can run, but it can't hide. After reading all about President Obama's displeasure about the huge bonus payouts made by the insurer, British holidaymakers in Tenerife this week were a little surprised to find 200 AIG staff indulging in a no-expenses-spared knees-up at the island's top five-star hotel.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, By Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe's latest assignment as Botswana's only lady detective leads her into unfamiliar terrain after a footballing kingpin sets her to work.

Small Talk: Hard news on soft wood is welcomed

In the week that the world throws a whole lot of carbon in the air travelling to Copenhagen for the international climate change conference, one of the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) sustainable leaders announced that it has tapped the improved sentiment among small-cap investors.

De Beers rights issue to raise $1bn

De Beers, the world's largest diamond miner, is set to launch a rights issue to raise up to $1bn (£601m).

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