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

Congolese refugees wait at the Busunga border post in Uganda

Congolese refugees flood into Uganda after exiled rebel group renews attacks

More than 60,000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel attack on a town near the border, continuing an influx that is stretching humanitarian resources.

Zimbabwe hospital charges women $5 for each scream during childbirth

A local hospital in Zimbabwe has been exposed as charging women $5 (£3.30) every time they scream while giving birth, a report reveals.

Market Report: Tullow Oil gushing after find in Africa

While traders despaired following news from Egypt, Portugal and China, Kenya was a reason to be cheerful. The East African oil explorer Tullow Oil enticed investors with news of forecast-beating half-year numbers and a new oil discovery.

British theatre producer David Cecil waving from a court cell at the Makindye Court on September 13, 2012 in Kampala, after being arrested for staging a play about a gay man despite a temporary ban by the country's media authorities

Thrown out of Africa for staging a gay play – but desperate to return again

A British film producer deported to the UK is fighting to get back to his family in Uganda

Oxford gets £50m from books arm as it overcomes African fraud

Oxford University Press (OUP) claimed it has put a fraud scandal behind it as annual sales rose 4 per cent despite "incredibly tough" trading conditions in parts of the eurozone and Africa.

Market Report: Afren strikes oil off Nigeria to end slump

Investors in Afren had a day in the sun yesterday after the oil exploration firm made a major discovery off the coast of Nigeria. It has been an overcast year so far for shareholders, with Afren's shares having been on the slide. But yesterday it unveiled some successful drilling in Nigeria.

Barack Obama will skip a visit to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, during his trip to Africa

President Obama won’t visit Kenya during first trip to Africa

US President Barack Obama will skip a visit to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, during his trip to Africa this week, as the American administration seeks to distance itself from the regime of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Al-Shabaab: The key to support of Islamist rebels was their navigation of Somalia's competing complex of clans

Ultimate defeat militants will only come with a comprehensive political settlement for war-torn country

Ethiopia have eyes on place in World Cup 2014

The African nation are close to a place in the tournament in Brazil

Kenyan veterans waiting for news about their compensation in Nairobi yesterday

Mau Mau victims compensation: There could yet be headaches for the British government

Not all those who suffered have been appeased by William Hague's offer

59 years late - but Mau Mau accept an almost apology

Elderly survivors of brutal colonial torture express satisfaction with Hague’s statement of regret – and sorrow at its cause

Mau Mau suspects at one of the prison camps in 1953

Hague to express 'sincere regret' over Mau Mau uprising and announce compensation of £14m

More than 5,000 now elderly people are each expected to be given £2,600 – about five times the average annual income in Kenya

The Mau Mau War Veterans Association in the central town of Nyeri

Kenyan Mau Mau veterans to get £14m torture settlement from Britain

Move is first official acknowledgement by Britain of the brutal behaviour during 1952-60 uprising

Great two-wheeled breaks this summer

Will the Tour de France inspire you to ride off on a cycling holiday?

Mugabe must hold elections by end of July, Zimbabwe court orders

Zimbabwe's highest court has ordered the nation's president to hold crucial elections by the end of July.

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
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Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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