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

Walk of the month: Braunton Burrows, north Devon

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Christmas Appeal: Wars wipe out health gains of the century

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192-PART GUIDE TO THE WORLD: PART 23: BOTSWANA

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The complete guide to Safaris

Safari is the Swahili word for journey; and since colonial times, visitors have made special journeys simply to see, and be close to, Africa's extraordinary wildlife. But just how wealthy do you need to be to join their ranks? By Lucy Gillmore

Frontline: Ngoma, Namibia - A century on, a cartological freak rises in revolt

THE CAPRIVI Strip is one of those bits of the map that seem to be asking for trouble. A corridor of Namibian territory protruding more than 400km into Zambia, Botswana and Angola, this cartological freak was spawned in the 19th-century Scramble for Africa, when European colonial powers meeting in Berlin swapped vast territories as if they were football cards.

Africa's top game show

Jeremy Atiyah sips gin and tonic at sundown in Botswana's swish wildlife parks but misses out on the big adventure

Football: Sporting Digest

FOOTBALL

Bushmen win right to roam on their own bit of desert

THE BUSHMEN of the Kalahari, made famous by the soldier-philosopher Laurens van der Post, will today complete their retreat from a nomadic lifestyle, once centred on tracking and hunting with poisoned arrows.

With all the comforts of the Kalahari

Adventurer Ralph Bousfield's desert hideaway has all the luxuries a visitor might need - but is it a little over the top? asks Anjana Devoy

From Hounslow East to wildebeest

Two days after commuting on the Piccadilly Line, Rupert Isaacson was hunting with southern African Bushmen

Banana flees after court's guilty verdict

ZIMBABWE HAS issued a warrant for the arrest of its former president, who has fled the country after being found guilty of sodomy.

HIV city - where one in four under 50 is infected

IN THE recently refurbished Princess Marina Hospital in central Gaborone, Botswana's sprawling capital, the wards are full of young people dying from Aids.

The best drinking hole in Botswana

Counting animals all night is not everyone's idea of fun, but for Sue Wheat it made a trip to the Chobe National Park unforgettable

South African troops fail to quell coup

SMOKE WAS still pouring from freshly torched and looted buildings in downtown Maseru last night, with occasional gunshots punctuating the rumble of distant mortar fire.

Football blows the whistle on house hunting

I AM RELIABLY informed that house prices are softening. Quite what this means, however, is unclear judging by the endeavours of my local estate agents to ensure that all their properties are in the Lottery- winners-only price bracket.
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America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
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Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

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