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

Five Rwandans arrested by Met police over 1994 genocide

Move over men from across England comes after a request from prosecutors in the central African nation

Kenyan MPs ignore President’s plea and vote to raise their salaries

Members of parliament, who are already among the world’s best-paid, have voted to increase their salaries to more than 130 times the minimum wage in defiance of government plans to cut their pay as part of spending reforms.

UN warns DR Congo rebels it will intervene

The United Nations Secretary General has warned armed rebels in Eastern Congo that the organisation's new “intervention brigade” would prevent any repeat of the fighting which has driven thousands of refugees out of camps this week. In a visit to the embattled lakeside city of Goma, Ban Ki-moon said the 3,000-strong force which has begun deployment will “enforce the peace”.

Ian McIntosh is determined to solve the mystery of the ancient coins

X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history

Ancient African coins lead experts to question who discovered islands

Rwandan president Paul Kagame

Oxford University's business school faces protests over visit by Rwanda president Paul Kagame

There are plans to present him with a student award despite continuing controversy over his regime's human rights record

Frankie Fredericks has urged Kenya to get tough on doping

Kenya told to crack down on doping

The Kenyan government has been urged by the World Anti-doping Agency's athlete committee to set up an independent inquiry into the doping allegations that have surrounded the country's runners in recent months.

Kenyan demonstrators released piglets at the gates of parliament and poured blood on the pavement to protest against wage demands by newly elected members of parliament

Graffitied pigs and buckets of blood on the streets of Nairobi as protests over MPs' pay continue

Anger as lawmakers demand monthly rate of pay that is 131 times Kenya's minimum wage

When democracy has blood on its hands

The International Criminal Court was designed for those monsters accused of the world's worst crimes, but democracy has some unexpected consequences

Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

British military team will be sent to Somalia to train troops and help combat human rights abuses

UK will also contribute to a £50 million international fund for the state

Al-Shabaab still threatens security

World Focus: Fragile gains for Somalia as world gathers in London to discuss the country's future

Peace has returned to the Somali capital Mogadishu – but progress is elusive

Car bomber kills 5 in Somali capital

Five people were killed Sunday morning when a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with explosives into a military convoy escorting a four-member Qatari delegation, an official said.

A malnourished Somali baby at the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. Almost 260,000 Somali people, half of them children, died of dire hunger from 2010 to 2012, greatly more than was feared at the time

Somalia: UN’s late declaration of famine in 2011 cost lives

The United Nations has admitted that a delay in declaring a famine in Somalia in 2011 cost additional lives, after a new report revealed that more than a quarter of a million people died, half of them young children.

'Paranoid' man addicted to legal stimulant khat is jailed for 26 years for murdering former friend by using two knives to 'partially decapitate' him

Ayanle Adan plunged a knife into each side of Hanad Osman's neck, then used a 'double slashing motion' to partially cut off his head

A military pilot sent by Eritrea to Saudi Arabia to reclaim a jet stolen by two fellow officers when they flew to seek asylum has herself defected.

Female Eritrean pilot goes to Saudi Arabia to recover jet stolen by defectors - and defects herself

A military pilot sent by Eritrea to Saudi Arabia to reclaim a jet stolen by two fellow officers when they flew to seek asylum has herself defected.

End of the bag? Builders’ tea will lose out to speciality brews such as Lapsang Souchong

Change brews for the Great British Cuppa

Soaring global demand, climate change, more speciality teas – it can only mean prices will go up

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