Environment The Nathusius’ pipistrelle weighs just 7.6g and is the size of a human thumb

A tiny bat the size of a human thumb has become the first to be recorded crossing the North Sea from Britain to mainland Europe – before meeting an untimely end in the Netherlands.

Tabu Ley Rochereau: Singer and songwriter who championed Congolese rumba then went on to serve as a cabinet minister

In a career spanning half a century, Tabu Ley Rochereau did as much as, or more than, any other musician to popularise rumba Congolaise ("Congolese rumba"), expanding its format and stylistic palette by fusing it with other forms of popular music, enriching its arrangements and broadening the scope of its lyrics.

Seleka soldiers race through Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, as gunfire and mortar rounds erupt, when at least 105 people were killed in sectarian violence

CAR crisis: Stranded foreigners to be evacuated from Central African Republic to Chad

First 800 will be airlifted from the makeshift Bangui camp to the Chadian capital N’Djamena later today

40 killed as Congo army repels attacks on airport, barracks and state television HQ in Kinshasa

Congolese soldiers have repulsed attacks on the airport, a barracks and the state television headquarters in Kinshasa – killing 40 of the 70 assailants, who were believed to be followers of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila, officials said.

Rangers must be able to combat heavily armed poachers

Charity Appeal: The weapons that bring death to the savannah

Elephant poachers are using firearms left over from Mozambique’s civil war to slaughter elephants in neighbouring Tanzania

Book review: 'Snake Dance', By Patrick Marnham

A cogent study that follows the trail of lethal cargos that created our nuclear age

Fall in worldwide business taxes slowing

Without large changes in Democratic Republic of Congo global average total tax rate would have increased

Dr Jo Lusi is here to address the British government high level meeting on sexual violence in emergencies

Doctor tells of fight to stop rape being used as a weapon

The head of a Congo hospital offering surgery to survivors of sexual assault has come to London

Celebrations in DR Congo as defeated M23 rebels abandon insurgency

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month insurgency and said it was ready to pursue a political solution after the army captured its last two strongholds.

Congolese M23 rebels in Goma in 2012

Congo rebels fire shots at UN helicopter

Helicopter came under fire as it flew over the M23 stronghold of Rumangabo

Sunrise behind Mount Mikeno

Pictures of the day: Coming soon to a screen near you - the new Poliakoff drama

If you go to the cinema this weekend and see a race-against-time tale about saving a lush natural paradise from the rapacious greed of an oil-drilling company, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled into an advance showing of the Avatar sequel.

Coat £231.04, dress £120.14, Beatrice Black Atari; kisua.com

iStyle: Africa calling

New website Kisua puts African design talent centre stage, says Rebecca Gonsalves

<b>Rumble in the Jungle</b><br/>
The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas is the only arena with the pomposity and verve to match the biggest boxing bouts, but the most famous heavy-weight fight of all time was to take place in the Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire. The fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, dubbed the Rumble in the Jungle, would take place at 4am local time so that it could be aired during prime-time in the United States.

Bunce on Boxing: Rumble in the Jungle was nearly KO’d by a stray elbow

“The 11-month gap between fights robbed me of the title. I know it did”

World’s first ethical smartphone unveiled – and the pre-orders flood in

Fairphone’s maker uses minerals from ‘conflict-free’ mines and looks after its workers. It will be on show in London this week

Charlotte Tilbury

Update your address book

With the advent of each season comes a host of new brands, Rebecca Gonsalves highlights some of the best

Bertrand Bisimwa: The M23 rebel leader had claimed that his forces were gaining the upper hand

Congolese rebels retreat after offensive by UN-backed troops

M23 group declares unilateral ceasefire ‘to give peace a chance’ after week of fighting

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