Voices Ke$ha was accused of smuggling a snuff box carved from illegal ivory into the USA this week.

Stockpiles must be destroyed to prevent sales of ivory

Album review: Monoswezi, The Village (World Music Network)

The taut, brittle sound of Hope Masike's mbira forms the delicate, complex web over which purring sax, anchoring double bass and an array of subtly played percussion creates a smooth Scandinavian minimalist jazz vibe.

Many of the crocodiles have since been captured but over half remain on the loose in the the Limpopo River.

Around 15,000 South African crocodiles in 'mass escape' during floods

The owner of the Rakwena Crocodile Farm was forced to open the gates after concern over a storm surge, local press reported

Rio Tinto's new man at top wins praise from investors

£8.7bn writedowns blow but hopes are voiced of a 'hard-nosed' era for miner

Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese departs after big loss in Mozambique

The boss of mining giant Rio Tinto was ousted today after the company disclosed a near £9 billion charge relating to two major acquisitions.

'Flamenco queen' Buika

IoS Sounds of 2013: Global pop

The mind's eye is a familiar enough concept but the mind's ear less so. However, it's my mind's ear that's thrilling to the very idea of the Spanish jazz/flamenco diva Buika's emotive voice filling London's Union Chapel on 18 April. This gorgeous space is a gift to singers if they have the good sense to only bring a small acoustic ensemble with them.

Witness statement claims 'mystery man' was living in house where Lord Lucan's nanny was battered to death

BBC documentary has uncovered evidence that Lord Lucan's daughters said a "boyfriend" was staying at their home at the time the nanny was murdered

Will 2050 be the year the world finally gives peace a chance?

Predictions based on population data suggest wars are on the wane. By Daniel Howden in Nairobi

Market Report: Court ruling gives Pathfinder a boost

Shares in Pathfinder Minerals shot up like a rocket yesterday, more than doubling after the Aim-listed miner won a landmark, High Court ruling in a dispute with a former African director over who owns its key asset.

Paralympic athlete Dedeline Kimbata (right) is competing in the 1500m event for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kindness of a stranger lets Congolese woman race

A Congolese woman whose legs were blown off by a landmine will compete in the London Paralympics after a British woman gave her a top-of-the-line racing chair.

Pathfinder Minerals to relist in London after Britain steps into licensing row

Shares in Pathfinder Minerals, the Mozambique-focused miner which suspended trading in November, will relist in London today after an intervention by the UK Government.

David Eyre is executive chef of Iberian restaurant Eyre Brothers in London

David Eyre: 'I often eat standing in front of the fridge late at night'

My earliest food memory...My most formative memory was when I was about 11. I grew up in Mozambique, but went to school in Rhodesia, and getting there involved a two- or three-day journey. On this one occasion, we were travelling through the forest and called into one of the many sawmills along the way, where the wife of the sawmill owner was running something of a truck-stop restaurant. I remember her saying, "You're a bit late for lunch, but we've got some roast pork," and in fact, it was this wonderful suckling peri-peri pork with fried potatoes and a stack of bread, which I ate greedily with my fingers. That was the same day I discovered the joys of cold beer, because that's all they had on offer to drink: if I was to choose a last supper, it would definitely involve those two things.

Race to acquire Cove Energy for £1bn reignited

The bidding battle for East Africa-focused oil and gas company Cove Energy is set to recommence after Mozambican regulators removed tax uncertainty over the £1bn deal.

Cove bid battle is on again after Mozambique tax clarification

The bidding battle for East Africa-focused oil and gas company Cove Energy is set to recommence after Mozambican regulators removed tax uncertainty over the £1bn deal.

Three Cove executives to share £40m windfall after Shell takeover

Shell is setting up shop in Kenya and Mozambique after agreeing to buy the East Africa-focused oil and gas company Cove Energy for nearly £1bn.

'If you are a husband and you see your wife buying underwear from the flea market, you have failed,' says Zimbabwe's Finance Minister,Tendai Biti

Zimbabwe minister gets his knickers in a twist over undergarment imports

Zimbabwe has banned the import and sale of second-hand underwear after the Finance Minister said women should not suffer the indignity of wearing hand-me-down lingerie.

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