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Wild waves in West Africa

Emily Dugan dons her wetsuit and confronts her fears in the face of the Ngor 'right'

Diouf lawer denies assault claims

El Hadji Diouf's lawyer has insisted allegations of assault against the Blackburn player are "erroneous".

Involuntary Witness, By Gianrico Carofiglio

Recent events in Italy have made a compelling case for the return of this bestselling police procedural by a master of the form. Now a Senator in Rome, Gianrico Carofiglio used to prosecute mobsters in Bari.

A Jew Must Die, By Jacques Chessex, Trans W Donald Wilson

Based on a real event in 1942, this is a novella of immense power. Jacques Chessex, who died last year, was preoccupied by problems of evil. At school in the tiny Swiss town of Payerne, he sat next to the daughter of a Nazi murderer who, with several accomplices, killed a Jewish merchant who came to their town to buy cattle. They lured him to a byre, felled him, cut up his body and hid the pieces in milk cans which they sunk in Lake Neuchâtel.

Back to Africa: A new Haitian homeland?

If a proposal under consideration by the African Union this week were to bear fruit, Haitians made homeless by the earthquake could start afresh in a new homeland in Africa.

Haiti in Brief: US soldier heads home to help

An American soldier who was born in Haiti has persuaded his battalion in Afghanistan to let him join up with forces in Port-au-Prince to aid in the reconstruction process. Lt Ramses Brunache, who has been in Kandahar since July, learned of the death of his sister in a 3am phone call; now he hopes to act as a translator. "I would like to help as many people as possible," he told AP news agency. "If I have to pick up debris, I can do that."

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MC Solaar makes a rare visit to London, where even non-French speakers are bewitched by his raps

Fire holds no fears for chimps, says scientist

But did the early ancestor of Man learn how to control it?

A monumental folly in Senegal

As Senegal's people struggle, a statue costing millions has upset Muslims and Christians alike. Claire Soares reports

My big fat world tour: Simon Majumdar's culinary odyssey

Simon Majumdar left his job with a plan to 'go everywhere and eat everything'. One year, 31 countries and countless exotic meals later, he describes his journey

Camara clicks but Posh stay confident

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First black female winner for France's top literary prize

The French-Senegalese writer Marie NDiaye yesterday became the first black woman to win the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize.

Goodbye solo (15)

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Hull sign Sonko on loan from Stoke

Hull have confirmed the signing of defender Ibrahima Sonko on a season-long loan from Stoke.

Ernest Renggli: Wartime friend to RAF aircrew shot down in Burgundy

Ernest Renggli, a Swiss agricultural labourer, was working on a small farm in northern Burgundy at the outbreak of war. Working at first on his own, and later as part of a wide local resistance network, he became a key player in the rescue, shelter and escape of British airmen shot down in his area.

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