News South Sudanese government soldiers wait to board trucks and pickups; a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa that should at the least put a pause to five weeks of warfare has been reached

Government and rebel leaders in South Sudan have signed a ceasefire – the first step towards peace in the country after five weeks of violence in which more than 1,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes.

Suzanne Franks: You can't take the politics out of humanitarian aid

It shouldn’t be a surprise that some aid to Ethiopia went to the military

Heads must roll at the BBC, says Geldof after Ethiopia aid report

Furious Band Aid founder calls for director of World Service to be dismissed

Ethiopian PM denies aid was diverted

Stung by BBC allegations that Live Aid money was spent on weapons, Meles Zenawi tells Paul Vallely that the report is based on lies

BBC under fire for Band Aid 'slur'

Charities in uproar at claims that donations were spent on weapons

Rebels with a grudge and the anatomy of a damning smear

The BBC's claim this week that $95m of aid to Ethiopia had in fact been spent on weapons was incendiary, threatening to undermine future aid efforts. But, says Paul Vallely, it does not stand up to scrutiny

Observations: Big tops (and bottoms) in Matilda Temperley's sensual view of the circus

When you hear the word "circus", what's the first thing that springs to mind? A sad-faced, red-nosed clown? Or a La Clique-style cabaret artist who performs to a Queen soundtrack? It's probably not sex; but sex in the circus is the theme of a new exhibition by the photographer Matilda Temperley, showing in the gallery of the Coco de Mer shop in London's South Kensington from next week.

Robert Fisk’s World: Scenes from a busy Beirut correspondent's notebook

The Israeli police turn up to see what we are doing prowling on the Jewish Sabbath

Meadows sets her sights on new British record

British runner targets Kelly Holmes' 800m indoor marker in Birmingham today

Album: Tommy T, The Prester John Sessions (Easy Star)

Gogol Bordello bassist Thomas Gobena celebrates his Ethiopian heritage on a skanking mixture of old-school rocker's reggae and Ethiopiques-style jazz and funk, with his Abyssinia Roots Collective joined by guest artists including singer Gigi and massinquo fiddle-player Setegne Satenaw.

Lebanon air crash pilot flew in 'wrong' direction

The pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed into the sea flew in the opposite direction from the path recommended by the control tower after taking off from Beirut in thunderstorms, Lebanon's transportation minister said yesterday.

Beirut pilot 'failed to follow tower advice'

The pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed into the sea flew in the opposite direction from the path recommended by the control tower after taking off from Beirut in thunderstorms, Lebanon's transportation minister said today.

An explosion in the sky – and Beirut's worst fears came true

Concerns about safety of planes taking off in storms confirmed by crash that killed 90 passengers and crew

A profile of Ethiopian Airlines

In the wake of today's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 shortly after taking off from Beirut, here are some key facts about Ethiopian Airlines

Rare defeat for Bekele as he is snowed under by Ebuya

Stunning upset in cross-country race as favourite suffers from inability to train

Album: Various artists, Ethiopiques 24 (Buda)

The wealth of sublime music produced in Ethiopia in the 1970s (before a military junta stopped the party) seems to have no end.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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