News Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's motorcade commander has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis

The commander of the Liberian President’s motorcade has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis.

Trading with the atrocity merchants

THE GOVERNMENT must rue the day it ever chose to involve itself in the post-colonial conflicts in Sierra Leone. The poorest country in the world is revealing an uncanny ability to embarrass the old imperial power.

Jazz: Duke of the 20th century

LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA/WYNTON MARSALIS THE BARBICAN, LONDON

First Night: Duke's swing hits town

Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra Barbican Centre London

End lines: The map - World in motion

Why is Chinese food so good in Peru? And how did Uruguay get so skilful at football? David Goldblatt charts some strange migrations. Illustration by Joe Magee

Football: Morgan keeps Fulham flying

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Who's Suing Whom: Ministry of Sound wins action against director

JAMES PALUMBO, the owner of the fashionable South-east London nightclub The Ministry of Sound, has finally won a legal action against a former director of the club, Lynn Cosgrave, 18 months after the row began.

Talks on truce in war-torn Freetown

SIERRA LEONE'S President, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, said yesterday he was in talks with the detained rebel leader Foday Sankoh on a ceasefire in fighting in the capital, Freetown.

Rock & Pop: They aim to placate

Placebo

Blessitt is he who bears his cross round the world

MAN HAD just set foot on the moon when Arthur Blessitt received his calling from on high to carry a 12-foot cross around every nation in the world.

Art mart

Automobile art - this lifesize, walking, trunk-waving elephant, 8ft tall and 12 ft long, seats 12 and is for sale at the summer Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair - now celebrating its 25th anniversary. British- made in the 1940s from toughened paper and wood, the elephant's 10hp Ford engine gives it six mph. The jumbo-sized price, from new exhibitors Hawkins & Hawkins, is pounds 100,000. The Fair, with 400 exhibitors and prices from pounds 50 to pounds 250,000, is from Thursday (11am) until 14 June (0171-370 8186/8212). The Antiquarian Book Fair is also at Olympia, for the first time, with 149 dealers, Thursday (11am)-Sunday. Entry to both fairs is pounds 15 on Thursday and pounds 5 thereafter. Free tickets to the book fair are available from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (0171-439 3118).

Football: Wenger's eye for talent rewarded

NIGEL WINTERBURN'S reaction at the final whistle - beaming grin, tapering run, arms whipping up the applause in a kind of mad, reverse-butterfly stroke - amply demonstrated Arsenal's relief at reaching their 13th FA Cup final.

Nigeria plays for status in Sierra Leone

WHEN forces acting in the name of democracy overthrow dictatorships, the international community is supposed to applaud. But when a Nigerian- led peace-keeping force chased Major Johnny Paul Koromoa's military junta from Freetown, the world responded with only a polite murmur.

Liberia confusion hits minerals firm

Commonwealth Gold, a minerals company capitalised at pounds 30m whose shares trade over the counter on the volatile Ofex exchange, may have to cut earnings projections as a result of deep confusion over its interests in war-torn Liberia.

Ali goes the rounds with care package to Africa

Fans chanted "Ali! Ali!" as the former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali visited the city of San Pedro near the Liberian border this week to deliver food and gifts to war refugees.

Liberians elect warlord as president

Man who started civil war seven years ago wins clear mandate
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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

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

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

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee