Voices Germany’s ‘Bild am Sonntag’ newspaper claims that President Obama knew that Ms Merkel’s phone had been tapped as early as 2010

About a year ago, I began to recieve a wonderful series of calls from America and London

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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness