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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.

Making the most of his talent: Fabrice Muamba in action

Sam Wallace: Muamba has blazed a trail for grateful others to tread

He arrived from crisis-torn DR Congo with just four words of English. Now the Bolton midfielder is proud, eloquent and a credit to his adopted country

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe, Ryan Nelsen and Luka Modric react after Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba is carried off on a stretcher

Muamba collapse leaves rivals chanting his name

Players and supporters left in a state of shock as paramedics pump midfielder’s chest while the 23-year-old is rushed to hospital in an ambulance

Dom Joly: If I do find a monster, no one will believe me

Brazzaville is quite an extraordinary place. It sits on the mighty river Congo, a vast expanse of muddy water dotted with dug-out canoes carrying sure-footed fishermen.

Dom Joly: If I'm munched by a mokele mbembe, farewell, dear readers

I'm off to the Congo for two weeks. I'm still travelling the world looking for reputed monsters to put in my new book, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps. This time I'm going after the mokele mbembe, a dinosaur-type creature that is supposed to inhabit Lake Tele in the far north of "good" Congo.

A 12-year-old boy, who was abandoned by his family for witchcraft, at Bana ya Poveda

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With thousands of children being abandoned as 'witches' in DR Congo, Daniel Howden finds a charity trying to bring families back together

Kabila wins DR Congo elections and calls for calm

Joseph Kabila has been declared winner of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo after chaotic and sometimes violent polls that were rejected by the opposition and criticised by international observers.

Joseph Kabila wins Congo election

Congo's President Joseph Kabila has won another term in office with 49% of the 18.14 million votes cast according to provisional results published by Congo's election commission.

Mobutu Sese Seko, left, in 1997 and his eldest son Mobutu Nzanga earlier this month

Voting goes to second day as dictator's son makes his stand

With its neat lawns, white mansions and wide verandas overlooking the Congo River, Avenue de Nations Unies preserves a little of the colonial era in Kinshasa. While most residents of this dilapidated African metropolis picked their way through flooded lanes and open sewers yesterday to reach polling stations, the elite residents of the avenue made their way down a road lined with flowering trees and armed guards.

Mobutu Sese Seko, left, in 1997 and his eldest son Mobutu Nzanga earlier this month

Can Congo's new leopard change his spots?

Fourteen years after kleptocrat Mobutu was overthrown, his son is aiming to restore the family name. But many Congolese feel little has changed, reports Daniel Howden from Kinshasa

Congolese women carrying baskets of bananas pass election campaign posters in Goma yesterday

Pessimism grips Congo with elections in disarray

Historic poll in war-ravaged DRC may be delayed as ballot papers go undelivered

Herman Cain has emerged as a surprise Republican frontrunner

Pizza tycoon's bid for presidency is hit by sex scandal

Herman Cain denies reports that he made unwanted advances on two women in 1990s

Atambayev is seen as pro-business

Moscow-backed PM wins tarnished election

Kyrgyzstan's Moscow-backed Prime Minister claimed victory yesterday in a presidential election tainted by charges of voting abuses and protests by defeated challengers from the restive south of the former Soviet republic.

Commonwealth nations to have aid cut for gay rights abuses

Countries that persecuted homosexuals and refused to "adhere to proper human rights" faced losing British aid, David Cameron warned yesterday.

Protesters have taken to the streets to show their increasing anger at Egypt's ruling generals

HSBC accused of helping Egypt generals stifle dissent

Human rights groups and NGOs have accused HSBC bank of colluding in a campaign of intimidation which they say is being waged against them by Egypt’s ruling military council.

A rigged election? The latest chapter in Congo's sad history

There are serious concerns over the prospects for fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after a confidential report suggested that the register of voters has been manipulated to favour the incumbent, Joseph Kabila.

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