Arts and Entertainment Madonna inset with the painting Cubist Fernand Léger auctioned by Sotheby's New York for over $7m

The Queen of Pop will donate the proceeds to her Ray of Light Foundation to promote girls' education in the Middle East and South Asia

Overseas development: Buy British if you want aid, Short tells world's poor

CLARE SHORT, the Secretary of State for International Development, is refusing to allow the world's poorest countries to spend pounds 290m worth of Government aid on anything other than British products.

Athletics: Johnson hired to train Gaddafi's son

BEN JOHNSON, who was stripped of his 1988 Seoul Olympics 100m gold medal after testing positive for steroids, will be hired to train Al-Saad Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a member of the national football team, Libya's Italian coach said yesterday.

Sporting Digest: Netball

Fourth seeds England bounced back from Sunday's 59-44 defeat by Australia to beat Singapore in the World Championships in Christchurch, their fourth win in five matches.

Obituary: The Earl of Dalhousie

IN THE history of the break-up of the British Empire, Simon Ramsay, 16th Earl of Dalhousie, will go down as a decent, intelligent man who was given an impossible job. He was asked, in effect, to ride two horses pulling in exactly opposite directions: the demand for independence from the local peoples of south-central Africa, and the determination of the white minority to retain power.

Letter: Africa's burden

Sir: I have recently returned from a tour of Zambia and Malawi. I had the privilege of visiting schools, hospitals, farms and rural areas and had private meetings with the President of Zambia and the Vice-President of Malawi.

Education: Into Africa: a volunteer on a class safari

A gap year can be both an adventure and good for your CV. Ben Dimson started a term's teaching at a Malawi boys school

Health: Souvenirs that really bug you

Modern travel means nowhere in the world is out of bounds. But what dangers might be lurking out there?

Obituary: Dunduza Chisiza

DUNDUZA CHISIZA was a playwright, director and actor who, in 1987, founded the first professional theatre company in Malawi, the Wakhumbata Ensemble Theatre. He wrote over 20 plays and was involved in the writing and directing of some 25 others, often playing the lead role himself.

Word of Mouth

Shake-up at Kingston

Historical Notes: State of independence and tranquillity

DR HASTINGS Banda, the founder and first President of Malawi, was portrayed by the media as a ruthless tyrant. Yet he was cleared of wrong-doing by the courts and when he died last October he was eulogised by those who had opposed him and buried in Hero's Acre.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL '98: Comedy; Julius Caesar goes to Malawi

THE AFRICAN JULIUS CAESAR THEATRICUM BOTANICUM

Investment Column: Lonrho Africa's defences weak

IF THE mystery shareholders who bought 4 per cent of Lonrho Africa this month do mount a bid, the company could have one of the shortest lives on the London stock market. The group itself remained tight-lipped about the speculation - which has named George Soros and former chief executive Tiny Rowland as bidders - saying it had not held any discussions with potential suitors.

Travel: Dinner by candlelight, bathwater from a well

Mozambique Island, just off the mainland, is war-scarred but fascinatin g. Matt Fletcher checked into its only hotel

Science: Tell me about ... E. coli O157

THE revelation that many hamburgers in commercial fast-food joints might not be sufficiently cooked to kill off bacteria such as E. coli O157 is unsettling: already, this bug has acquired a lethal reputation. It was the cause of the world's worst food-poisoning outbreak, when 19 people died in 1996 in Scotland.

Obituary: Dr Hastings Banda

Kamuzu Banda (Hastings Kamuzu Banda), medical practitioner and politician: born 14 May 1898; Minister of Natural Resources and Local Government, Nyasaland 1961-63; Prime Minister of Malawi 1963-66, President 1966-94, Life President 1971-94; died Johannesburg 25 November 1997.
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