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The Embraer passenger plane crashed just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal this morning

Football: Fowler may not appeal

ROBBIE FOWLER'S legal advisers are considering dropping plans to appeal against the Liverpool striker's six-match ban and record pounds 32,000 fine.

Football: Sad England go home

WHILE THE Republic of Ireland booked their place in the second round of the World Youth Championship in Nigeria with a 4-0 victory against Australia on Saturday, hapless England are on their way home after last night's 2-0 defeat to Japan.

Football: Nigeria to keep lights shining

NIGERIANS OFFICIALS were working feverishly at final preparations for the World Youth Cup yesterday to prove wrong critics who foresaw disaster if the tournament was held in Africa's most populous nation.

Week in the Life: Daredevil driver who ensures the oil gets through

SULISU ABUBAKAR is a fuel- tanker driver in Nigeria. In a good month he earns 3,000 naira (pounds 21) for doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Letter from ...Lagos: Nigerians see the light

The fluffy new turquoise and black carpet at Lagos international airport made all theFINAL observers of the Nigerian presidential elections feel that a special effort was being made for democracy last month. But was it really necessary, for the sake of a few visitors, to raze all the shacks on Bar Beach, rendering hundreds of people homeless? "For the football, we will do anything," said Tunde, selling 100 naira (60p) levy tickets for Nigeria 99, football's World Youth Championship beginning on Saturday. Everyone passing his booth at Lagos domestic airport - and wishing to board their flight - had to buy a ticket. This is a country of tips and bargaining, but everyone respects the football levy.

Theatre: Oroonoko lives again

Biyi Bandele is writing a new play, has another on tour and his version of Aphra Behn's History of the Royal Slave is in rehearsal at the RSC. Somehow he found time to talk to

A beginner's guide to Africa

Two cheers for the new Franco-British entente cordiale in Abidjan, for it will make little difference on the ground

Nigeria's elite wait for a pukka chukka elite unmoved by Nigeria's revival

THINGS ARE looking up for Nigeria: President Olusegun Obasanjo takes office in three months, Commonwealth re-entry looks certain and investors are back. But among the jet set, the real sign of recovery will be the return of pukka chukkas to Lagos Polo Club.

Obasanjo declared poll winner

Obasanjo declared poll winner

Only Obasanjo can win race to lead nation

OLU FALAE, the underdog in the presidential elections, has centred his two-week campaign on the need for a clean break with military rule. But Falae was a finance minister for General Ibrahim Babangida from 1989 to 1991.

Nigeria takes fateful step to democracy

PARLIAMENTARY elections today, organised to end 15 years of military rule in Nigeria, should provide a clear indication of who will win the race to become president in a week's time.

Kidnap Briton freed in Nigeria

A BRITISH oil worker held hostage in southern Nigeria for seven days has been released unharmed by his kidnappers, his employer announced yesterday.

Ex-dictator tops poll in Nigeria

NIGERIA MOVED a step closer yesterday to choosing the civilian president who could lead the country to democracy.

Hostage Britons freed in Nigeria

Hostage Britons freed in Nigeria

Nigerians fear new MPs will fail democracy

NIGERIA is in danger of jettisoning democracy before it has even sampled it - because feuding politicians are putting their vanity ahead of issues crucial to a successful transition from military rule, according to foreign and local observers .
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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

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China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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