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

President Abdoulaye Wade, right, is said to be grooming his son Karim, left, to succeed him

Jeers and boos for President as election leaves Senegal divided

Son and heir-apparent of 85-year-old leader is accused by critics of acting like a king

Youssou N'Dour addresses protesters who are demanding that President Abdoulaye Wade steps down

Youssou N'Dour: Senegal's Saviour?

The king of African music has put his career on hold to enter politics. His motivation? To save his country from an octogenarian President who refuses to relinquish his grip on power, he tells Daniel Howden

Demonstrators gesture after clashes with riot police in the centre of Dakar yesterday

N'Dour defies police to lead a protest against Senegal 'dictator'

The world music star, Youssou N'dour, defied a police ban to lead a protest yesterday against Senegal's president whom he accuses of being a “dictator” for seeking a third term in office.

Fadel Barro, a Y’En a Marre activist, addresses a rally in Dakar

Rap revolution: Voices of dissent in Senegal

A hip-hop protest movement has hit the streets in response to stagnation and broken government promises

Senegal sack coach Amara Traore following poor African Cup of Nations

Senegal have fired coach Amara Traore after their dramatic failure at the African Cup of Nations.

Victory in sight for revolution over female genital mutilation

Amid the horrors surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM) there is a quiet revolution, which experts hope could lead to the eradication of the practice.

Sanha at a polling station during the 2009 election, which he won with two-thirds of the votes

Malam Bacai Sanha: President of the troubled state of Guinea-Bissau

Malam Bacai Sanha was president of the tiny, impoverished West African state of Guinea-Bissau, who came to power following the assassination of the country's previous leader. Although he took over promising to clean up the troubled country's drug trafficking, crime and corruption, little was done.

Youssou N'Dour is a social activist who has fronted anti-malaria campaigns

Senegal's soul king sets sights on the presidency

Grammy-winner Youssou N'Dour says it is his 'patriotic duty' to challenge incumbent

Singer Youssou Ndour bids for Senegal presidency

World music star Youssou Ndour has announced that he is running for the presidency in his home country of Senegal.

Travel Photographer of the Year named

This year’s international Travel Photographer of the Year gong has been awarded to Louis Montrose from California for his images of a painted village in Burkino Faso and  the day of the dead festival in Mexico.

Carson Yeung, pictured outside court in Hong Kong yesterday, faces five counts of money laundering amounting to around £59m

Yeung money-laundering trial could begin as soon as May

A date will be set for Birmingham City majority shareholder Carson Yeung's trial on charges of money-laundering in the next few days, with the trial likely to start in May or November.

M'Baye Niang is the subject of an intense battle between the country of his birth, France, and that of his parents, Senegal

Talent Scout: M'Baye Niang

It's been 18 months since exciting Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc replaced the incompetent, star sign obsessed Raymond Domenech as France coach, but as Les Bleus head to towards their next major European tournament, Blanc 's revolution is showing patchy results.

David Schellenberg: Scientists must furtherscrutinise these findings

Malaria is notoriously unpredictable. The increased number of cases in the Senegal study was observed over a single season (three to four months). I'm a little surprised they are being reported at this stage.

Senegal ban El Hadji Diouf for five years

Senegal have suspended controversial Blackburn Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf for five years from all soccer-related activity in his home country.

Senegalese President gives in to violent protesters

The ageing President of Senegal bowed to thousands of violent protesters in the capital Dakar yesterday and agreed to scrap constitutional changes which critics said would have benefited him and his family.

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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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