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The great thing about "counterfactual" history is that anyone can play. If Gordon Brown hadn't been caught making those remarks about a "bigoted woman" might he still be PM? If Hitler had invaded England in 1940 would we all be speaking German? If the judge in the Rivonia trial had sentenced Nelson Mandela to death rather than life in jail?

Guinea fowl egg and asparagus salad

Serves 4

Sanctum 3D (NC)

Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd

Nautilus digs for deep-sea gold

Nautilus Minerals has been granted a lease by Papua New Guinea to develop a gold and copper mine 1.6km under the sea surface, in what would be the first commercial deep-sea mine.

Wakefield drop Moore and Parker

Wakefield have lost two players from their projected squad for the next Super League season. The Wildcats have released the 29-year-old prop Richard Moore who is now expected to sign for Crusaders, and have cancelled the contract of the Papua New Guinea centre Jessie Joe Parker.

Papua New Guinean could hold key to Cup's destiny

If Fifa restores Oceania's suspended vote in time for Thursday, then David Chung, a 48-year-old who lives in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, will find himself eagerly sought out by presidents, prime ministers and princes when he arrives at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich this morning.

Condé wins Guinea's first presidential poll

Supporters of Alpha Condé danced in the streets and carried his portrait yesterday hours after he was declared the winner of hotly contested presidential elections.

Clubb seizes late chance to impress

England 36 Papua New Guinea 10

McNamara eager to avoid wooden spoon

England have flown to Auckland looking for a face-saving display after their Four Nations failures. Defeats to New Zealand and Australia have left Steve McNamara's team facing the wooden spoon, should they lose to Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

Kangaroos take advantage of English mishaps and mistakes

Australia 34 England 14

Slow start scuttles England hopes

New Zealand 24 England 10

WWII tanks discovered in Papua New Guinea

Just four metres underwater, two Japanese tanks from the Second World War have been discovered – after more than 60 years.

Aiton flies Papua flag amid rifts

Papua New Guinea have only one player from Australia's NRL in their 24-man squad for the Four Nations.

Military rule holds sway as Guinea postpones elections

Hopes for a democratic transformation in West Africa were fading yesterday after Guinea indefinitely postponed elections which were due to be held this weekend.

Sudden death of election chief puts Guinea's historic vote in doubt

A landmark election that was meant to signal a new democratic trend in West Africa was in serious doubt last night as Guinea was gripped by a fresh political crisis.

Rio Tinto invests $170m in Guinea

Rio Tinto outlined plans to invest $170m (£107m) in the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea yesterday, despite ongoing disagreements with the West African state's government over various blocks on the asset.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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