Michael Phelps today became the most decorated Olympian of all time

Michael Phelps makes history after becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time

Michael Phelps tonight became the most decorated Olympian of all-time after claiming a silver and a gold at the Aquatics Centre.

July 30, 2012: Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka is pictured after competing in the men's single sculls semi-finals of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney. He finished last by a distance.

Hamadou Djibo Issaka, London 2012's ' Eric The Eel', receives huge ovation - after finishing last

Niger's rookie rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka received another huge ovation from the crowd at Eton Dorney as he finished last in this morning's E semi-final.

Handy work: Jill Scott celebrates with Steph Houghton after the defender scores Great Britain's third goal

Dominant Britain join Brazil in the last eight

Great Britain 3 Cameroon 0

Handy work: Jill Scott celebrates with Steph Houghton after the defender scores Great Britain's third goal

Great British women dominant in win over Cameroon

Great Britain booked their place in the Olympic quarter-finals with a routine victory over Cameroon at the Millennium Stadium.

Britain freezes aid to Rwanda over Congo support

Rwanda is coming under increasing pressure to halt alleged support for east Congo's latest rebellion, with the Netherlands suspending some aid and Britain delaying a payment for budgetary support.

Congo probe into mining companies' disappearing tax payments

The Democratic Republic of the Congo's new prime minister has ordered an investigation into the nation's mining industry after a damning report by an international watchdog found tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenues were being lost in the system.

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Cameroon coach wants Samuel Eto'o stripped of captaincy following strike

Cameroon coach Denis Lavagne wants Samuel Eto'o removed as captain when he returns from suspension later this year.

Congo PR battle rages over control of resources

The cosy world of the natural resources industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo was hinted at yesterday as it emerged that a spin doctor for Dan Gertler, a major investor in the industry, had a hand in delivering a communication about an apparent U-turn by the government that benefited his client.

The Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, 51, attending the first-ever sentencing delivered by the International Criminal Court

Warlord jailed for 14 years over use of child soldiers

The International Criminal Court yesterday sentenced a Congolese warlord to 14 years in prison, a watershed moment for the 10-year-old tribunal and a potential landmark in the struggle to protect children during wartime.

Children in care are 'living near sex offenders'

Vulnerable children are being sent to live in care homes in areas with high concentrations of known sex offenders, a Government minister said today.

The Rabbi, the President and the diamond dealers

A High Court judge will consider a billion-dollar question tomorrow involving prominent Israelis, the Chief Rabbi of Russia and the Angolan government.

London slips down rankings of world's most expensive cities

If you think the UK in general and London in particular are expensive locations for foreign businessmen – think again.

Retired Mossad agent appears in London court in African diamond battle between Israeli-Russian tycoons

A retired Mossad agent appeared before a London court today in the midst of a battle between two Israeli-Russian tycoons over African diamond profits.

A Congolese soldier displays a mortar round after returning from the front line

Rwanda accused of helping Congo rebels

Thousands of refugees flee for their lives after weekend of heavy shelling and violence

Wanted Congolese general Bosco Ntaganda still using child soldiers, says Human Rights Watch

A renegade Congolese general wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes has begun to recruit child soldiers again to fight the government, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation released on today.

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