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Actor took on three armed soldiers who had surrounded star and crew while they were filming later series of Extreme World 3

Honours List: Commonwealth

Treasure trove of nearly 300 new plants discovered by Kew experts

Coffee plants, yams and orchids among bumper crop of species new to science

China stands accused of wrecking global deal

Nations stunned by tactics of world's largest polluter. Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor in Copenhagen, and Jonathan Owen in London report

The beckoning silence: Why half of the world's languages are in serious danger of dying out

Of the 6,500 languages spoken in the world, half are expected to die out by the end of this century. Now, one man is trying to keep those voices alive by reigniting local pride in heritage and identity.

Guinea leader 'doing fine' after shooting

Morocco's chief military doctor says the president of Guinea is doing fine after surgery following an assassination attempt.

From coup to counter-coup? Guinea plunged into chaos

With military leader recovering in Morocco after a gun attack, the African state nervously awaits next chapter in its turbulent history

Guinea's junta leader injured in shooting by rebel soldier

Country's deep rifts exposed after aide opens fire at a military camp in Conakry

Obiang set for victory in Guinea election

Malabo Elections in Equatorial Guinea yesterday looked certain to extend the 30-year rule of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, a man accused of draining his nation's oil wealth to enrich his family and cronies.

Genia genius as Wallabies wallop Wales

Wales 12 Australia 33: Home side outclassed as brilliant Australia end tour with a flourish and show glimpses of a bright future

Paul Collier: History is repeated as tragedy in the new scramble for Africa

Chinese disregard for standards of governance has become a leitmotif

My Life In Travel: Frank Gardner

'I dodged pirates and went skinny-dipping in Thailand'

Cepes appeal: Skye Gyngell goes wild for the earthy delight of wild mushrooms

It has been a good year for mushrooms. The porcini in these photographs were found in the woods not far from our restaurant – we collected five kilos. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was in Holland for a day and was given another six kilos by a man who had a biodynamic farm near Amsterdam.

Girolles, porcini and guinea fowl

Serves 4

Swine flu hits Goulding's France plans for Kiwi test

The France coach, Bobbie Goulding, has been given permission to delay naming his side for tonight's Four Nations match with New Zealand in Toulouse partly because of an outbreak of swine flu.

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Iran is opening up again to tourists

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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