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

London Marathon: Tiki Gelana adds to town's illustrious list

When Tiki Gelana won Olympic gold in London last year she was only doing what has become expected of a runner from the small town of Bekoji, some 170 miles south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Britons living in Somalia urged to leave country amid fears of 'imminent terrorist attacks'

Britons living in Somalia have been urged by the Government to leave the African country amid fears of “imminent terrorist attacks”.

Supporters of Uhuru Kenyatta celebrate in the streets of Nairobi

Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed as Kenya's next president

Uhuru Kenyatta was confirmed as Kenya’s next president following a ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court. The highly anticipated announcement comes after weeks of uncertainty surrounding the elections on 4 March. Initial tallies had placed Mr Kenyatta with 50.07 per cent of the vote, breaking the necessary 50 per cent mark to avoid a run-off by a hair-thin margin of just 8,000 votes. Raila Odinga, the current Prime Minister and Mr Kenyatta’s main opponent, brought the result to court over allegations of fraud and misconduct.

Lonrho hit by £3.4m loss

The African conglomerate Lonrho suffered an underlying loss of £3.4m after a year beset by fishing problems and late deliveries of tractors.

Bosco Ntaganda, one of central Africa's most notorious warlords, begins his new life in the Netherlands tomorrow after surrendering to the International Criminal Court at The Hague

Bosco Ntaganda begins a new life in The Hague

Bosco Ntaganda, one of central Africa's most notorious warlords, begins his new life in the Netherlands tomorrow after surrendering to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Refugee Boy, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Benjamin Zephaniah’s second novel Refugee Boy has played a powerful role in humanising the plight of the enforced migrant for a generation of young people. Published in 2001 following his encounter with a young Sri Lankan boy who had witnessed the murder of his parents in the country’s brutal civil war, the poet wrote the book hoping to convince his audience that refugees were not just statistics but real, brave, living-breathing people.

Vote No on Mugabe's 'fraud' constitution, urge Zimbabwe civil rights groups

Civil rights groups have called on Zimbabwean voters to reject a new constitution, accusing the political elite, including President Robert Mugabe and former opposition leaders, of imposing a fraud on the people.

Uhuru Kenyatta is charged with crimes against humanity

The ICC will put Kenyatta on trial - but the court also helped this man into power

The new President positioned his campaign against Western neo-colonialism

The move comes after two of the other indicted men, Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto, won last week’s elections

ICC drops case against Kenya violence suspect due to stand trial alongside Uhuru Kenyatta

ICC withdraws charges against former head of civil service as fellow accused wins elections

Supporters of Raila Odinga demonstrate in Nairobi yesterday

Uhuru Kenyatta victory in Kenya's election faces challenge

The ballot has not provoked the violence of 2007, but the defeated Prime Minister plans to contest the ballot count

Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenyan presidential election by slim margin but faces trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity

Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president, won the presidential election by the slimmest of margins with 50.03 per cent, provisional results showed, just enough to avoid a run-off after a race that has divided the nation along tribal lines.

Jubilee Party supporters celebrate the vote for Uhuru Kenyatta

West faces nervous wait as Uhuru Kenyatta edges closer to victory

Local media agree to avoid speculation in bid to avoid repeat of 2007 post-election violence

From Eritrea to Israel to Uganda to Egypt and back to Eritrea: army deserter faces death sentence after deportation debacle

Tesfamihret Habtemariam spent six days living in Cairo airport room after being refused asylum in Uganda

UK denies Kenya vote lobbying

Britain was tonight forced to deny a “suspicious and rather animated involvement” in an emerging row over Kenya’s election results.

The global response to FGC must start local

Maasai women S.A.F.E works with reject the term "genital mutilation" - and our experience shows how important it is to drive change from communities themselves

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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