Mediators said it was now unclear if South Sudanese rebels would start face-to-face peace talks with the government on Saturday, dampening hopes of a swift end to weeks of ethnic fighting in the world's youngest state.
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Will it rain blood on Halloween? Saharan dust clouds likely to bring ghoulish weather phenomenon to the UK
Monday 22 October 2012
Warm fronts expected to carry large amounts of red Saharan sand which, as the warm spell turns to rain and possibly even snow at the end of the week, will fall in liquid droplets that look like blood.
Saturday 20 October 2012
Monday 15 October 2012
The Mauritanian President appeared on television to call for calm yesterday, hours after being shot by soldiers in what he said was an accident.
Saturday 25 August 2012
Dominique and Jean bear the scars of a brutal conflict. Then they were enemies. Now they find themselves in the same volleyball team – and a friendship has blossomed
Sunday 12 August 2012
The Tuareg desert rock (not blues, as some have it) of Tinariwen and Etran Finatawa becomes a retrospective affair on this debut by the latter's guitarist.
Thursday 09 August 2012
The city's new plazas are full of South African fast-food outlets copying those in the US
Monday 30 July 2012
Mayor of historic city calls for foreign intervention to help fight militants
Thursday 12 July 2012
The phrase "family planning" has the whiff of a more euphemistic age: in the affluent West, it has become a fact of life both as familiar as brushing one's teeth, and as basic to the health of society. It is hard to imagine how a country like Britain could have coped with the complex challenges of the modern world if families had continued to grow in size, as they did in the 19th century.
Friday 01 June 2012
Unhealthy Western ways of living are likely to fuel a massive surge in cancer rates around the world, experts have claimed.
Saturday 07 April 2012
It's nearly here, the best-loved sound of spring, the double note of the cuckoo: in fact, it's in southern Spain, on the last leg of a 4,000-mile journey from Central Africa.
Friday 06 April 2012
Staff are being withdrawn from the British Embassy in Mali in the wake of the military coup.
Sunday 01 April 2012
British citizens have been warned to leave the African state of Mali unless they have "urgent business".
Wednesday 14 March 2012
Intrepid TV adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls has left the Discovery Channel after a row over "new programming", his publicist said today.
Friday 09 March 2012
Violent Islamists have started to use increasingly bold tactics in the north
Monday 26 December 2011
Boko Haram's goals are still inherently local, but there are fears that more internationalist groups may seek to link up
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
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