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.

Too many peace efforts mean further instability in eastern Congo

Confusion over the crisis in eastern Congo stems from three separate and often competing peace efforts in one of the world’s most unstable areas. Fighting between rebel groups and the army has displaced one million people since July, all under the watchful eye of the UN’s biggest peacekeeping operation.

M23 rebel recruits at a military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Rebels draw first blood in the battle for Congo

Death of UN soldier deepens military crisis along border with Rwanda

Immigration Minister Cécile Kyenge has suffered a string of abusive public comments in recent months

Italy's first black minister Cécile Kyenge likened to a prostitute in latest public insult

Deputy mayor of northern Diano Marina apologises after making the offensive comments on his public Facebook profile

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Arrest after tourist dies in car rampage

Fury after banana thrown at Italy's first black minister Cecile Kyenge in latest racist attack

The racist abuse and taunts endured by Italy's first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, further escalated on Friday

Refugee Sifa in Why Don't You Speak English?

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Screaming Zebra - Decomissioned AK47, removed from DR Congo, Russian origin

Shot through the art: Artist Carl McCrow on the conflict of exhibiting guns

Artists do not normally associate themselves with guns, but Carl McCrow has a more personal reason for enshrining the AK47 as artwork.

Youssouf Mulumbu

Youssouf Mulumbu signs new two-year deal with West Brom

The Congo international joined the club in 2009

Rebels 'disguised as women' launch attack near Goma in Congo

Fresh fighting has erupted in eastern Congo, following the arrival of armed men disguised in women’s clothing, say residents.

Top Italian senator Roberto Calderoli slammed for comparing black minister Cecile Kyenge to orang-utan

Right-wing leader Roberto Calderoli faces calls from Italian cabinet to resign

John Arnold Bredenkamp walks out of Harare Magistrate court 08 September 2006

Zimbabwean arms dealer sues Foreign Office for freezing assets

Mogul accused of selling weapons to Iran and Iraq was blacklisted over support for Mugabe

Starving Somali children in hospital in Mogadishu

Supercrops: Britain pledges large-scale funding to boost health of undernourished people in Africa

The Government is giving £30 million to HarvestPlus - an international research programme which creates nutrient-rich crops

An adult male elephant looks up at a helicopter in a remote area of South Sudan, where the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with South Sudan's Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism is attaching GPS-satellite collars to elephants to help understand movement patterns and to monitor and protect them

Illegal ivory trade 'funding Lord's Resistance Army rebels'

The Lord's Resistance Army has resorted to elephant poaching in order to fund its activities, according to human rights organisations.

President Dilma Rousseff is set to announce a new development agency that will offer assistance to African countries

Sao Paolo to write off £600m of African debt

Brazil will cancel or restructure almost $900m (£595m) of debt owed by African countries as part of a plan to increase its future funding to the continent.

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