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

Mozambique: Adapting to climate change with goats

People in the floodplains of Mozambique’s Zambezi Valley have always relied on the rains October and November so they could sow their seeds for a good harvest in the New Year.

Astonishment as businessman wins €10m over nude sleepwalk

Ireland may be desperately short of cash these days, but one Irish businessman has just been awarded €10m (£8.5m) in a spectacular libel victory in the Dublin courts.

A History of the World in 100 Objects, Radio 4, Monday-Friday

Two million years of human ingenuity measured out in flukes and treasures

Tips and deals of the week: 17/10/2010

Save £440 on a week in the Alps

Alpine Elements is offering a seven-night break at the Hotel Genepi in Les Deux-Alpes, France, from £567.50 per person, including return flights to Geneva, transfers, half-board, and free lift pass.

Go to alpineelements.co.uk

Mozambique: Park life returns to Gorongosa

Despite the destruction caused by the country's long civil war, there is new hope for this stunning natural haven in central Mozambique

Travel By Numbers: Mozambique

All you need is love, as holiday firms set their sights on Mozambique

John, Paul, George, Ringo and ... Lourenço Marques? Perhaps the greatest coup in the history of second features was the placement of a travel documentary on Mozambique as the supporting movie for A Hard Day's Night. Before that black-and-white classic, cinemagoers in 1964 were treated to a film full of colour, excitement and reasons why you should visit that corner of Africa – starting in its capital, then named Lourenço Marques after a Portuguese explorer.

Deals of the Week: 26/09/2010

Get active in Morocco

Fleewinter has introduced activity breaks at Rebali, its new riad complex just outside Essaouira, including camel picnics, quad biking and watersports. Price £595 per person, including flights, transfers, B&B and activities.

Go to fleewinter.com

Daniel, By Henning Mankell, trans. Steven T Murray

I was 13 years old when I joined my first political demonstration. The year was 1961. We took to the streets to demand an end to the imports of oranges from racist South Africa". Yes, it is Henning Mankell. Almost 50 years later, his radical-left convictions endure and provide scaffolding for his novels. The Man from Beijing, a complex package of colonialist misbehaviour on four continents, is a recent case in point. The police procedurals are usually less "political", but his new Wallander novel (due in English translation early in 2011) is built around Sweden's ambivalent foreign policy during the 1980s.

Bread price rise reversed after riots in Mozambique

A bread price increase will be reversed after food riots in which 13 people were killed last week, Mozambique's Planning Minister said yesterday.

Now meat price surge raises fear of food inflation

Hike in demand from emerging nations pushes cost of lamb to 37-year high

Seven killed as rising food prices spark riots in Mozambique

Young men rampaged through Maputo, Mozambique's capital, yesterday, throwing stones, looting shops and drawing police fire that killed at least seven people. The violence was triggered by the rising cost of food, fuel and water.

Stay the night: Coral Lodge 15.41, Mozambique

A new shorefront lodge is a worthy addition to Mozambique's stylish stopovers, says Sue Watt

Investment Column: SAB's share price is looking a little frothy

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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