Life and Style The Google doodle celebrating Dian Fossey's 82nd birthday on 16 January 2014

Google has celebrated the 82nd birthday of late American zoologist Dian Fossey with a Doodle on its search page.

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Wife of Rwandan president whose assassination provoked slaughter is held

Sarkozy admits France's role in Rwandan genocide

President acknowledges that 'errors' were made but stops short of formal apology

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The Secretary General's Special Representative in Haiti, Hédi Annabi, was one of those exceptional people who work quietly and determinedly in the background, largely unknown to all but their United Nations staff. Unlike the well-known Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Assistant Secretary General killed in Baghdad in 2003, there was nothing flamboyant about Annabi. He did not like publicity.

Songs of praise: How Rwanda got its groove back

In 1994, Africa's worst genocide was conducted to songs exhorting the Hutu majority of this small African country to murder 800,000 of their Tutsi neighbours. Today, the sound of peaceful music – traditional and gospel, hip-hop and reggae – has returned to the streets and fields of Rwanda. And one young producer from Sussex wants to turn the volume up...

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Yes, we do need a mandatory legal quota of candidates for parliament

Eruption menaces chimps' Congo home

Volcano adds to woes of animal population already depleted during civil wars

The Road: A film that every one of us needs to see

What would happen if some catastrophe laid waste to the earth and society broke down? A new film of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road dares to confront these questions. Mark Lynas is awe-struck

Rwanda is 54th member of the Commonwealth

The Government yesterday welcomed Rwanda as the newest member of the Commonwealth.

Ian Birrell: The dark shadows that stain the new darling of Africa

The reality is that behind a veneer of democracy lies a ruthless autocracy

Leading article: A dilemma for the Commonwealth

For most Britons, the Commonwealth is little more than an historical curiosity. We forget that many countries in the developing world take their membership seriously, and that the number of would-be members continues to grow. The annual summit of heads of government that opens this week in Trinidad and Tobago, for example, is expected to judge the application from Rwanda. In one sense, it is a compliment to the Commonwealth that this ex-Belgian colony, historically very much part of francophone Africa, is seeking to join.

Daniel Howden: It's really about Kigali getting back at Paris

The 100 days of killings that seared this small, mountainous country into the global consciousness also destroyed its relationship with France. The new Tutsi-led government under Paul Kagame has blamed France for bolstering the Hutu regime, and accused Paris of an active role in the genocide of 1994, in which 800,000 people were slaughtered.

Letters: Peer pressure and drinking

Young people under peer pressure to binge-drink

Titus the gorilla king is dead

Daniel Howden in Rwanda mourns David Attenborough's silverback, who changed the way the world sees great apes
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