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Guinea discover one million reasons to start with a bang

Javier Balboa scored in the 86th minute to give co-hosts Equatorial Guinea a surprise 1-0 win over Libya in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations on Saturday. The former Real Madrid striker was sent clear by an incisive pass from substitute Daniel Ekedo and sidefooted a curling shot past goalkeeper Samir Aboud to spark wild celebrations in Bata.

Obiang Nguema looms large

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Oil-rich rulers put on show of opulence out of reach to an impoverished population

Guinea on $1m bonus for Africa's big kick-off

Winds of change in continent's game mean three debutants this year – and a new host

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The 2012 African Nations Cup, which is being co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guine, begins tomorrow.

Miner hands evidence to SFO

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Equatorial Guinea’s most famous player is Bodipo, who is on Deportivo La Coruña’s books

Sam Wallace: Impoverished hosts don't need the wonga cup

Three years before it was selected as a co-host for this year's African Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea was the prospective scene of the "Wonga Coup", the laughably inept attempt by a gang of mercenaries, including ex-SAS man Simon Mann, to seize control, install a new president and get rich. They got as far as Zimbabwe, were arrested and extradited, and Mann spent two years in the infamous Black Beach prison.

Equatorial Guinea’s most famous player is Bodipo, who is on Deportivo La Coruña’s books

Sam Wallace: A poverty-stricken people don't need the wonga cup

The tournament has become the target of oil-rich nations in need of a PR stunt

Dom Joly: If I'm munched by a mokele mbembe, farewell, dear readers

I'm off to the Congo for two weeks. I'm still travelling the world looking for reputed monsters to put in my new book, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps. This time I'm going after the mokele mbembe, a dinosaur-type creature that is supposed to inhabit Lake Tele in the far north of "good" Congo.

The despot - President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea is accused of sanctioning killing and torture, and has amassed a $600m fortune, according to Forbes

The MPs, the despot, and a fact-finding mission that ended in verbal fisticuffs

Lobbyist who set up all-expenses-paid visit to Equatorial Guinea describes guests as 'vacuous, ignorant, ill-bred oiks'. Oliver Wright reports

The president of sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation was sworn in for another term, pledging to unify the country after an election that was criticised by international observers

Kabila sworn in after disputed Congo vote

The president of sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation was sworn in for another term, pledging to unify the country after an election that was criticised by international observers.

Gabon's President Ali Bongo

Bongo and Bell Pottinger can't stir voters in Gabon

Rebranding effort abroad – but elections leave country unmoved

A 12-year-old boy, who was abandoned by his family for witchcraft, at Bana ya Poveda

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With thousands of children being abandoned as 'witches' in DR Congo, Daniel Howden finds a charity trying to bring families back together

Christine Dabai, who was raped by armed gangs

IoS Appeal: Hope is reborn in a land the West forgot

It's not Somalia or Sudan, but the Central African Republic's terrorised and disease-stricken people need our help just as urgently.

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