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

Pardew adds Ba to Cabaye signing

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made his second summer transfer breakthrough by landing Senegal striker Demba Ba.

Defections hit Sarkozy's hopes of re-election

President Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of re-election next spring received a double blow yesterday with the defection of two leading centrist allies, including his estranged protégée, the former human rights minister Rama Yade.

Lennon dismisses Diouf-Brown feud

Rangers' El-Hadji Diouf and Celtic captain Scott Brown meet again in tomorrow's Old Firm derby but Bhoys manager Neil Lennon has dismissed the incident between the two in a cup game earlier this month.

Demba Ba completes move to West Ham

Demba Ba has finally completed his move from Hoffenheim to West Ham, the German club have confirmed.

No joy for Jaaskelainen as Stoke scramble home

Stoke City 2 Bolton Wanderers 0

Ahmadinejad wields axe to cement his position

Iran's foreign minister has been replaced by the head of the country's nuclear programme, in a move that is being seen as the strengthening of the position of President Ahmadinejad and an indication of a tougher public stance towards the global community.

Youths jailed for kicking asylum seeker to death

A 17-year-old who kicked an African asylum seeker to death in a row over a cigarette was today jailed for a minimum of 11 years for murder.

Gudjohnsen discussing terms with Stoke

Stoke have reached an agreement with Monaco for the season-long loan of Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Stoke capture Diao on two-year deal

Midfielder Salif Diao has returned to Stoke after signing a new two-year contract.

Album: Cheikh Lô, Jamm (World Circuit)

The Senegalese singer's first album in five years is something of a return to form after a couple of lacklustre offerings.

Clampdown on Paris flypitchers

Illegal Senegalese immigrants accused of selling unauthorised Eiffel Tower souvenirs have been arrested. Police detained 39 people at or near the tower in raids this week, while their Chinese employers were also detained.

Gyan's goal & the highs of Africa's World Cup

Ghana’s extra-time strike against the US has given the home continent a moment to remember, writes James Lawton. But which incident will live on for you?

Mame Diouf's brother set upon by City fans

The brother of Manchester United striker Mame Diouf was attacked by Manchester City fans after their team's defeat on Saturday as scenes of violence marred a derby between the sides for a third time this season.

Boy, 13, remanded on asylum seeker murder charge

A 13-year-old boy appeared in court today charged with the murder of an asylum seeker.

The man from Senegal who bakes the finest baguettes in Paris

There is nothing more French than a warm baguette. Other symbols of national identity – berets, yellow headlights, yellow cigarettes – may have disappeared, but the baguette survives as a universal emblem of France.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

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After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m