Cape Verde celebrated their qualification for the CAF playoffs for the 2014 World Cup on the weekend

Cape Verde Islands thrown out of World Cup qualification for fielding ineligible player just one round short of reaching the showcase tournament

African side have forfeited the weekend victory over Tunisia meaning their opponents top Group B and progress to the qualification playoffs

Bertrand Bisimwa: The M23 rebel leader had claimed that his forces were gaining the upper hand

Congolese rebels retreat after offensive by UN-backed troops

M23 group declares unilateral ceasefire ‘to give peace a chance’ after week of fighting

Too many peace efforts mean further instability in eastern Congo

Confusion over the crisis in eastern Congo stems from three separate and often competing peace efforts in one of the world’s most unstable areas. Fighting between rebel groups and the army has displaced one million people since July, all under the watchful eye of the UN’s biggest peacekeeping operation.

M23 rebel recruits at a military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Rebels draw first blood in the battle for Congo

Death of UN soldier deepens military crisis along border with Rwanda

British gorilla expert Dr Ymke Warren murdered in Cameroon after chef she sacked hired a hitman

Inquest in Westminster hears how the unruly member of conservation site staff bore a grudge after he was fired for getting into fights and having an affair with a volunteer

Rebels 'disguised as women' launch attack near Goma in Congo

Fresh fighting has erupted in eastern Congo, following the arrival of armed men disguised in women’s clothing, say residents.

Congolese refugees wait at the Busunga border post in Uganda

Congolese refugees flood into Uganda after exiled rebel group renews attacks

More than 60,000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel attack on a town near the border, continuing an influx that is stretching humanitarian resources.

Chris Samba took a £20,000-a-week pay cut and swapped the Champions League prospects in Russia for a relegation fight with QPR because he missed his family

Christian Samba close to Russia return as Queens Park Rangers accept £12m bid

Former club Anzhi Makhachkala rumoured to want defender back after just half a season at Loftus Road

Weather extremes: freak conditions from around the globe

The world is no stranger to extreme temperatures and those currently baking in the blistering Arizona heat can testify to that.

Film review: The Act of Killing (15)

The Act of Killing is without question one of the most horrifying films I've ever seen. No actual blood is shed on screen, but murder, torture and barbaric wrongdoing are imprinted on almost every frame.

An adult male elephant looks up at a helicopter in a remote area of South Sudan, where the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with South Sudan's Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism is attaching GPS-satellite collars to elephants to help understand movement patterns and to monitor and protect them

Illegal ivory trade 'funding Lord's Resistance Army rebels'

The Lord's Resistance Army has resorted to elephant poaching in order to fund its activities, according to human rights organisations.

The Enough Project, the Satellite Sentinel Project and two other groups said in the report that the LRA has turned to elephant poaching

Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army poaching elephants for cash

Members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militia run by the fugitive  warlord Joseph Kony, are killing elephants across Central Africa to raise funds, according to a report by watchdog organisations.

Ferdinand, who won the last of his 81 caps in June 2011, angered some England fans when he withdrew after being recalled to Roy Hodgson's squad for the match in San Marino and Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Rio Ferdinand quits international football

Rio Ferdinand has quit international football, the Football Association (FA) said today.

Italian politician accused of ‘shameful racism’

A senior politician has hit out at racist remarks aimed at the country’s first black minister by a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party.

Dr Congo: Army officers held for rape of 126 women

The Kinshasa government has suspended a dozen senior military officers and is interrogating suspects in connection with a mass rape incident in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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