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.

A UN reports said that Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, was sponsoring rebels in C

Andrew Mitchell under fire over Rwanda aid

Andrew Mitchell was under further pressure last night after Labour demanded he publish the civil service advice he received over his decision to reinstate Britain's suspended aid programme to Rwanda.

Slump in metal prices rocks ENRC

The controversial Kazakh miner ENRC counted the cost of plunging metal prices yesterday as profits slumped and the group slashed its interim dividend.

Developing countries hit hardest by food rises

Millions of people face starvation because of soaring global food prices, putting overwhelming strain on humanitarian agencies, charities warned last night ahead of a world hunger summit in Downing Street.

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Making Tracks, Radio 4, Tuesday

The dark heart and darker ways of DR Congo

The openly polygamous 67-year-old President with wives Thobeka Madiba, left, and Sizakele Khumalo, has now six wives

Africa split after election win for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

South Africa accused of heavy-handed tactics as President's ex-wife named head of 54-nation bloc

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But the most astonishing story will always remain the fact that Fabrice Muamba ‘died’ for 78 minutes – and lived to tell the tale.

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba to receive Honorary Doctorate

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, whose heart stopped for 78 minutes after he collapsed during a live televised match, will receive an Honorary Doctorate later today.

The Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, 51, attending the first-ever sentencing delivered by the International Criminal Court

Warlord jailed for 14 years over use of child soldiers

The International Criminal Court yesterday sentenced a Congolese warlord to 14 years in prison, a watershed moment for the 10-year-old tribunal and a potential landmark in the struggle to protect children during wartime.

A Congolese soldier displays a mortar round after returning from the front line

Rwanda accused of helping Congo rebels

Thousands of refugees flee for their lives after weekend of heavy shelling and violence

Portfolio: VII Agency

When the VII photography collective was established in 2001, little could its members have known quite how timely was their alliance. For just three days later, two airplanes were flown into New York's World Trade Center – and an agency that had dedicated itself to documenting the impact of modern conflict was instantly in the thick of one of the greatest crises experienced by the West for many a year.

South Sudan eases crisis by withdrawing from disputed oil area

South Sudan has ignored a number of provocations including the bombing of civilian targets

Boss of Glencore denies profiting from child labour

Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg has denied the commodities giant profits from using child labour.

Rubbing shoulders with wild mountain gorillas is likely to be one of the most emotional, humbling and exhilarating 60 minutes of your life

Animal magic: Welcome to a world of wild wonders

Zoologist, conservationist and TV presenter Mark Carwardine has had his share of exotic animal encounters. Here, he reveals some of his favourites

Terence Blacker: The new, popular Christianity

Dramatic public events can point up what was previously unnoticed, and so it has been with the sad story of Fabrice Muamba. Playing in a live, televised FA Cup quarter-final, the talented and popular 23-year-old collapsed with a cardiac arrest. At the time of writing, he remains in a critical condition.

Terence Blacker: Like it or not, Sentamu is the best hope for the Church of England

The Way We Live: If the church is to return to the centre of national life, it will be through passion
The Ugandan leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony

Hunt for Kony raises fears over safety of child 'bodyguards'

Attempts to capture Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord who is the target of an internet campaign demanding that he face justice, may lead to the killings of child soldiers he uses as his bodyguards and would thus be opposed by the United Nations.

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