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He is revered as a crime writer in Sweden – and as a theatre director in Mozambique. Now his greatest creation is about to hit our TV screens

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There's time, there's African time and then there's Azura time. The lodge, on Benguerra Island, sets its clocks later than the mainland to allow guests an extra hour of sunshine. You even get your own host to cater to your every whim.

Politicians blamed for health inequalities that kill the poor

People are dying "on a grand scale" around the world because of social injustice brought about by a "toxic" combination of bad policies, politics and economics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday.

A River Called Time, by Mia Couto trans David Brookshaw

War and peace in a house of the spirits

Massive under-reporting of fish catches leads to declining stocks

The total amount of fish being caught in the world is significantly under-reported because official statistics do not take into account the substantial catches made by some of the poorest nations that rely on fishing as a food staple, a study has found.

Massukos, The Salmon & Compass, London

Every woman in the crowd is swaying her hips to Massukos's elastic rhythms, right to the back of this pub in Islington, north London. You don't need to have seen the film and talk that preceded the Mozambiquans' triumphant set to enjoy this party. But the social needs they sketch in are the whole reason Massukos are here.

Mbeki says South Africa 'disgraced' by xenophobic riots as death toll rises to 50

President Thabo Mbeki admitted last night that South Africa had been "disgraced" by the wave of anti-foreigner violence which has convulsed the nation.

Migrants flee South Africa as wave of violence spreads to Cape Town

The wave of xenophobic violence that has convulsed South Africa reached Cape Town yesterday with mobs looting shops and immigrants forced to flee a squatter camp which came under attack on the outskirts of the city.

Alan Brooks: Anti-apartheid campaigner

Alan Brooks was one of the great behind-the-scenes figures of the Southern African liberation movements. He fought for the end of apartheid both inside South Africa, for which he was imprisoned and tortured, and in Britain. Here he masterminded and led the "'Stop the 70 Tour"' campaign against apartheid in sport, was the man behind the 1986 Artists Against Apartheid concert which drew an audience of 250,000 people, and led the 1988 Nelson Mandela March from Glasgow to London.

The Eye of the Leopard, By Henning Mankell, trans. Steven T Murray

A dark heartland where moral bankruptcy props up a currency of corruption

Tsvangirai fears capture if he returns to Zimbabwe before poll

Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, the presumed front-runner in the presidential election held three weeks ago, has said he intends to remain out of the country for the time being for fear of being attacked or imprisoned.

Hidden victims of the 'green revolution'

Biofuels are nothing new to Simeon Mayimel. He's been burning charcoal and elephant dung for years. He had never expected that they would change his or his people's way of life.

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