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

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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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Power dressing is back

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Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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Promises, promises

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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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