Nigeria v Burkina Faso - AFCON Final preview

A look ahead to Sunday's match

Billy Twelvetrees is congratulated on scoring a try for England

Stuart Lancaster says England are prepared for Dublin atmosphere

England play Ireland in the Six Nations this Sunday

Dung beetles navigate by the light of the Milky Way

The beetles with stars in their eyes

They may spend their lives rolling around lumps of dung, but scientists have proven that dung beetles are still looking at the stars.

Football round-up: Real Sociedad inflict Barcelona's first La Liga loss of the season

Mid-table Real Sociedad did what no other La Liga side have managed this season – they beat champions and runaway leaders Barcelona. And, moreover, they came back from 2-0 down, Lionel Messi and Pedro having put Barça firmly in charge at half-time in the Anoeta Stadium.

Everton’s Steven Pienaar has retired from international duty

Lucas Radebe warns that Premier League players will choose to miss national service

Lucas Radebe, the former Leeds United and South Africa captain, expects more Premier League players will follow Steven Pienaar and decide not to play in future African Cup of Nations because of its scheduling.

Our intrepid MBAs

MBA blog: A truly global business experience

Stepping off the plane in Johannesburg, I already had my flip flops on and was ready for a week-long vacation. I spent the previous few months on an academic exchange in cold Philadelphia, and was ready for sunshine.

Nelson Mandela pictured in August

Mandela is back to health, says Zuma

Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and a gallstones operation, President Jacob Zuma said today.

John Mitchell was in charge of Sale for only five matches in a stint that began at the end of November

Aviva Premiership round-up: Sharks shaken by Mitchell's quick exit

Sale Sharks' poor and chaotic season has taken a turn for the worse with the departure of John Mitchell as head coach after only a month.

Nelson Mandela recovering after successful gallstones operation

After eight days in hospital, officials finally reveal why South Africa's former president is there - but not the location

Nelson Mandela in 2008

Nelson Mandela's 'sparkle is fading' as he receives treatment for lung infection

Former wife says it is painful to see him 'ageing'

Steve Harmison of England celebrates taking the wicket

Tour parties: England's best recent wins abroad

Colombo 2001

MBA Blog: Global experience is invaluable

London Business School decided to call its week-long trek to Boston and New York - for a group of 70 students interested in the asset management industry - the ‘Global Business Experience’. 

Alf Khumalo: He photographed apartheid struggle

You had to be brave to photograph apartheid in action, and even more so if you were black. Alf Khumalo was both, and he applied his talent and sensitivity to recording the bad years in South Africa. The police did not like to be photographed, since it made them vulnerable to attack. Khumalo remembered his encounters with them, being "arrested, beaten up. They cracked my skull. That's how it was."

ANC agrees to 'Shoot the Boer' ban

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged yesterday to stop its supporters singing the "Shoot the Boer" anti-apartheid anthem to avoid upsetting white farmers and stirring racial tension.

Lumb the driving force as Sydney clinch title

Englishman Michael Lumb hit a sparkling unbeaten 82 as the Sydney Sixers made light work of the Highveld Lions to canter to a 10-wicket victory in the Champions League Twenty20 final at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore