World Cup: Japan v Cameroon Live!

African hopefuls Cameroon kick-off their campaign. Follow the latest developments, get the latest score and join in with your thoughts on the game with our live text service.

Volcano landslide kills 46 people in the Congo

A landslide on the slopes of a volcano has killed 46 people and washed away more than 200 homes, the UN peacekeeping mission said yesterday.

Tintin and the court battle over racist slurs

A Congolese man is dragging Tintin before the courts, accusing the quiffed Belgian cartoon hero of racism and colonialist propaganda.

2 UN personnel killed in north Congo clashes

The United Nations' head of Congo peacekeeping operations says two UN personnel have been killed during fighting between the Congolese military and a militia.

Letters: Stanley no monster

Stanley was no monster but a hero to the Congolese

Belgium and a new row over the Congo

Belgium has been attempting to smooth over its strained relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but the latest effort by the Defence minister has badly backfired.

Album: Various artists, Tsikaya: Musicos do Interior (Pangei-Art)

Portuguese-Angolan Victor Gama went to Angola to salvage what he could of his musical heritage after 20 years of civil war.

Independent Appeal: Where talk isn't cheap

ActionAid, one of our appeal charities, is helping fund a school in Congo that teaches deaf children how to communicate.

Spirit of the past inspires Congo campaign

Activists re-enact London demonstration to commit to fighting new injustices

Mann returns to the arms of his wife

The mercenary Simon Mann, 57, celebrated his freedom with his wife, Amanda, yesterday as he thanked people for the "warmth" shown since his release from a 34-year jail sentence for his part in plotting a coup.

Fifty UN peacekeepers punished for sex abuses

At least 50 peacekeepers have received punishments ranging from reduction in military rank to eight months imprisonment for committing sexual abuses on United Nations missions since 2007, the UN said today.

Congo villagers kill 47 policemen

Kinshasa: Armed villagers killed at least 47 policemen trying to intervene in ethnic clashes in northern Democratic Republic of Congo. An unknown number of civilians also died in the violence in the village of Dongo, near the border with Republic of the Congo, early on Thursday.

'Three more days' of Indian summer

Half-term holidaymakers have three more days of unseasonal warm weather to enjoy before cooler conditions return to the UK, forecasters said today.

Gabon troops outside stadium as unrest continues

Hundreds of soldiers deployed en masse around Gabon's football stadium for a World Cup qualifier Saturday as the country's new president attended and postelection violence continued for a third straight day.

Pensioner pursues Bowleven

A pensioner who claims he is owed at least a 19 per cent stake in Bowleven, the AIM-listed oil and gas company, has repeated his allegations to Vitol, the company's new partner. Bowleven announced the deal on Wednesday whereby Vitol is to take a 25 per cent stake in an exploration and production permit in Cameroon, in exchange for $100m (£60.5m) funding.

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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

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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’

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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