News President Hollande - a frustratingly minimalist domestic reformer but a bold, global statesman

The French President has been criticised for his interventions in Mali and CAR but insists it is not old-fashioned paternalism but a mission to save lives

Nkosazana Zuma: Africa's first World Cup

This is the moment many on the African continent have been waiting for, the moment we host the World Cup.

Wallington joins Coal of Africa

Coal of Africa, the ambitious London-listed miner, has hired highly regarded industry figure John Wallington as its chief executive.

Semenya's law firm threatens action

The legal firm representing Caster Semenya has threatened to take legal action to get the world 800m champion back into action on the South African track and field circuit. Dewey & LeBoeuf said yesterday that it would consider mounting a case against Athletics South Africa if the domestic governing body continued to bar its client from competition, pending the outcome of gender verification tests on the 19-year-old by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, By Michael McCarthy

Celebrated by talents as various as Keats and Eric Maschwitz ("'There were angels dining at the Ritz, And...' You know what's coming," adds McCarthy), the nightingale is one of the 50 bird species that fly from Africa to spend the summer in Britain.

Mission of the Month: Mali has a vibrant history marred by trouble

A series of despatches by diplomats from British embassies and High Commissions around the world

Stampede at Timbuktu festival kills 26 pilgrims

Twenty-six people were crushed to death and 40 injured in a stampede at the famous 14th-century mud mosque in Mali's desert city, Timbuktu.

Travel By Numbers: Mali

A trip to the fabled city of Timbuktu really is possible, says Peter Harmer. And while you're at it, head into the Sahara for an overnight trek

Rebels with a cause – and plenty of joy

The sixth African Soul Rebels package tour brings together three of Africa's most radical artists, Oumou Sangare, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and the Kalahari Surfers.

11 and 12, Barbican Theatre, London

Meditation on a peace puzzle

Mali anger at missing cup cut

Angola and Algeria both advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament thanks to a goalless draw in Luanda yesterday. Third-placed Mali missed out despite finishing with a better goal difference than Algeria courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Malawi in the other Group A match.

Angola left stunned by fightback

Angola 4 Mali 4

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Jazz Café, London

I Speak Fula, the new album Bassekou Kouyate is launching tonight, easily betters his groundbreaking debut, Segu Blue. The title track sees the ethnically Bamana Kouyate bringing Mali's Fula and their music into his fold. But, like his compatriots Amadou and Mariam with last year's Welcome to Mali, it acts as a general invitation to cross borders in a widening world.

Broken Glass, By Alain Mabanckou

Best known for his novel African Psycho, the Congelese novelist and poet Alain Mabanckou likes to write playfully about his country's more intractable problems.

Back on the airwaves - 'reborn' Kershaw returning to Radio 3

After more than two years off the radio airwaves, following a nervous breakdown and family disintegration, the award-winning presenter Andy Kershaw has confirmed that he is to make a comeback to BBC Radio 3.

Mali's ngoni master speaks to the world

Bassekou Kouyate put his instrument on the music map with a stunning debut album. Claire Soares catches up with him in Paris, ahead of a UK tour, to talk about his expansive follow-up
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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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