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Peter Odemwingie offered to pay back West Brom £300,000 in bonuses to force QPR transfer

Striker travelled to QPR last night despite not being given permission to do so

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A Dutch court has found a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell partly responsible for a case of oil pollution in the Niger Delta - a ruling hailed as a small but important step in holding multinational oil companies to account for environmental damage.

Zambia keeper rescues point

Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene once again proved his worth at penalties yesterday as the defending champions held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in the African Cup of Nations. Mweene first saw Nigeria's John Obi Mikel send a spot kick onto the outside of the post in the first half after diving the right way and then scored one himself at the other end to equalise in the 85th minute.

PM signals support for anti-terror action in North Africa

MPs told groups linked to al-Qa’ida represent a 'large threat' needing a 'robust response'

Carmelo Anthony is excited to be back in London

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Knicks take on the Detroit Pistons at the O2 tonight

Nurse guilty of manslaughter of baby who bled to death after botched home circumcision

A nurse has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a four-week-old baby who bled to death after a botched home circumcision.

PZ Cussons is undaunted by Nigerian storms

Violent religious clashes, an eight-day national strike and flooding failed to dent PZ Cussons' profits during the first half of the year.

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie

West Brom will handle losses to African Nations Cup says Steve Clarke

African tournament will see star striker depart

GSK's boost in Nigeria and India

Britain's biggest drugs maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), yesterday raised its stake in its Nigerian and Indian consumer healthcare units as part of boss Sir Andrew Witty's attempt to shift it away from "white pills in Western markets".

Baby died after botched circumcision, jury told

A four-week-old boy bled to death after a botched home circumcision by a nurse, a court heard yesterday.

Car bombs kill 11 at Nigerian church

Two car bombs hit a Protestant church yesterday, killing at least 11 people, a military spokesman said.

Man in court over allegedly trying to access bank accounts of Alps murder victim Saad al-Hilli

A man accused of trying to access bank accounts of an engineer's family the day after he was murdered in the French Alps was remanded in custody today.

Mali’s acting President Dioncounda Traore at the summit of the Economic Community of West African States on Sunday

West African states to combat Mali's rebels

West African nations have agreed to send some 3,000 troops to help Mali wrest back control of its northern half, which was seized by al-Qai'da-linked fighters more than six months ago, according to an official involved in the discussions.

Album: Various artists, Diablos del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985 (Analog Africa)

This is another one of those indispensable compilations where you can only marvel at the heroic dedication of the man who put it together.

Band of brothers: Sammy is eager to follow in his sibling’s footsteps

Shola Ameobi's younger brother in line to be the best

The delivery was deadpan. "He has the ability to surpass anything I've done in the game, without a shadow of a doubt."

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