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A car bomb has exploded in the Malian town of Kidal, killing at least two UN peacekeepers.

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BOA criticises Sepp Blatter over suggestions Gareth Bale could be banned from playing for Tottenham

British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan today criticised Sepp Blatter for suggesting Gareth Bale could be banned from playing for Tottenham during London 2012.

DEMBA BA: The Newcastle striker has scored 16 Premier League goals this season

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew desperate to retain services of striker Demba Ba

Alan Pardew has insisted that he is working as hard as he can to keep star player Demba Ba as a Newcastle player next season.

Forensic detail: Marie NDiaye

Three Strong Women, By Marie NDiaye trans. John Fletcher

This novel by the first black woman to win France's Prix Goncourt exerts a hypnotic allure.

Africa united: How Dakar Fashion Week has tackled prejudice – and helped build a creative hub in Senegal

In Senegal, fashion is a challenge to class taboos, to machismo and to the prejudices of the outside world. And, as Peter Popham discovers, it is also a vigorous celebration of young Africa coming into its own

Redemption in Indigo, By Karen Lord

Magical realism without the realism

Stuart Pearce talks to the media yesterday

Pearce flies off to check on Beckham

Stuart Pearce, the man with three jobs, insists that all players will be treated equally when it comes to deciding his 18-strong squad for the Olympics, in which he will manage Great Britain's first appearance for 52 years. None will be left out to satisfy club managers' demands, none will be included to satisfy any national demands, and no one will be selected because he is called David Beckham. Selection, insists Pearce, is entirely down to form and fitness.

Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have struck up a fine partnership at Newcastle

Newcastle duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in line for Olympics call-up

Senegal Football Association president Augustin Senghor has confirmed Newcastle duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are in line to be chosen for his country's Olympic campaign.

Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo was at the draw

Team GB learn group opponents for the Olympic football competition

The men and women who will represent Team GB in the football competition at the London Olympics have discovered their group opponents.

Papiss Cissé has made a fantastic start to his Newcastle career

Cissé adds the finishing touch to Newcastle graft

The Senegal striker's spectacular start is a key factor in surprise challenge for Europe

Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade concedes to rival Macky Sall

President Abdoulaye Wade conceded defeat to his former protege Macky Sall, congratulating him several hours after polls closed when preliminary results showed the opposition candidate had trounced the 85-year-old incumbent.

Newcastle’s Papiss Cissé scores the opener at The Hawthorns

Brilliance of Ben Arfa beats Baggies

West Bromwich Albion 1 Newcastle United 3

Cisse celebrates his winning goal against Norwich

Alan Pardew delighted with Newcastle strike partnership

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is confident the fledgling partnership between strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba is starting to blossom.

Papiss Demba Cissé enjoys his goal on his Newcastle debut

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse to miss international match with injury

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been withdrawn from the Senegal squad for tomorrow night's friendly against South Africa.

Senegal set for second vote after President fails to win majority

Senegal is set for a run-off vote after its aged president failed to win a majority in a contentious election that has threatened to destabilise the West African nation. Former prime minister Macky Sall came a close second to the 85 year old Abdoulaye Wade, according to provisional results, and electors will now have to choose between them in a second round expected in mid-March.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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