News Liquid assets: GiveDirectly has transferred about $6.3m to 6,000 households in Africa

Sarah Morrison finds out what traditional charities think of letting the poor spend it on what they like

An officer of the prisons service guards ballot boxes in Nairobi

The accidental run-off: Kenya left in limbo by confusion at the polls

Days of recounts loom as voters struggle to fathom complex voting slips

Kenya elections: a nation defies threat of violence as polling queues stretch for miles

The memories of 2008's deadly clashes were still fresh, yet voters remained determined to have their say

Kenyans put messaging to work to head off poll violence

For Juliana Rotich, like so many Kenyans, the last election at the end of 2007 evokes painful memories.

Britons hurt in Kenya bus crash

Vehicle veered off the road and capsized

Genocide in the past leaves Rwanda in need of funds now

Britain to give £16m Rwanda aid direct to humanitarian agencies

Britain is to give £16m in aid to Rwanda after support for the country was suspended amid claims that its rulers were linked to militias accused of rape and murder.

UK business fears over Kenya vote

The coming elections in Kenya are causing major consternation in London amid fear that the outcome may unravel key British strategy in east Africa.

British actor Keith Prosser is being held in a Ugandan prison after appearing in a play about the plight of homosexuals in the country.

British actor thrown into Ugandan jail after appearing in play about homophobia

Keith Prosser starred in The River and the Mountain about a gay businessman in the African country where homosexuality is still illegal

Meet the candidates: (from left) Mohamed Dida, Prof Ole Kiyapi, Uhuru Kenyatta, Peter Kenneth, Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, Raila Odinga and Paul Muite

Kenya gripped as democracy takes to stage in presidential election debate

Country's two key candidates put on spot about violence that engulfed elections four years ago

Kenya election: First ever presidential debate hooks voters

In Britain, people cram into pubs and bars to watch important national events.

51 people killed in Zambia bus crash

At least 51 people have been killed in Zambia after a bus crashed into a truck north of the capital of Lusaka.

Rupp and Farah after the Olympic Men's 10,000m Final

Galen Rupp: Running mate who is out to catch Mo Farah

The American athelete took silver when his training partner won 10,000m gold at London 2012. Now he is aiming to reverse the roles, he tells Simon Turnbull

Somali journalists in Mogadishu protest as they demand for the release of a colleague Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim

Dark side of 'new' Somalia: woman jailed for accusing security forces of rape

Outcry as reporter she spoke to is also sentenced to a year for ‘offending institutions’

Zimbabwe finance minister reveals country has just £138 left in the bank

Tendai Biti made the extraordinary revelation at a press conference yesterday

Album review: Monoswezi, The Village (World Music Network)

The taut, brittle sound of Hope Masike's mbira forms the delicate, complex web over which purring sax, anchoring double bass and an array of subtly played percussion creates a smooth Scandinavian minimalist jazz vibe.

Twitter suspends account of Islamic militants al-Shabaab

After losing Somalia's cities to African Union forces and scores of fighters to defections, Islamic militants al-Shabaab lost their online platform today as Twitter suspended their account.

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£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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