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

Gueye has Blackburn trial

Metz are awaiting news from Blackburn after striker Babacar Gueye joined Rovers for a trial, according to the French club's sporting director Joel Muller.

African cinema: The fight is not over

From Tarzan to Blood Diamond, Hollywood's view of the continent has been slanted for white audiences. Thankfully, African directors have been making passionate and truthful movies of their own, says Keith Shiri

Sheffield's documentary festival: Reflections in a dark mirror

If you can't afford a ticket to ride around the world, there is another way. You can tour the craters of Baghdad, the swelling skylines of China, and the mud villages of Senegal from a cinema seat at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.

Scabble-mad Senegalese score low on home ground

For a country that made Scrabble a "national priority", hosting this year's French-speaking world championship should have been Senegal's crowning moment. After taking three of the four titles up for grabs in Canada last year, Senegal – despite a national literacy rate of just 40 per cent – were the team to beat. Now it is going horribly wrong.

The tree of life (and its super fruit)

The medicinal properties of the baobab fruit are the stuff of African legend. Claire Soares says it also tastes great and, thanks to an EU ruling, we will all be able to try some soon

The Visitor (15)

Veteran character actor Richard Jenkins is excellent in The Visitor, playing a subtler version of the embittered academic we've seen in Smart People, The Squid and the Whale, and every other recent indie dramedy.

Evra extends United deal

Patrice Evra has signed a four-year contract extension at Manchester United.

Meet the fugitive from lion country

Wasis Diop grew up to roars in the night. The musical maverick tells nick hasted he'd have been 'eaten' had he stayed

Album: El Hadj N'Diaye, Geej (Marabi)

This Senegalese guitarist's finger-picking has the delicacy and refinement of Segovia, and his voice is infinitely subtle, painlessly getting his messages across.

Zimbabwe opposition disputes official poll results

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 47.9 percent of the vote in Zimbabwe's presidential elections, elections officials said Friday — not enough to avoid a runoff against President Robert Mugabe.

Beye adds touch of Shankly to Newcastle

The steely determination of Habib Beye has echoes of the late Bill Shankly's approach towards the game according to Newcastle United's manager, Kevin Keegan.

Youssou N'Dour, IndigO2, London

Along with Baaba Maal, N'Dour is probably Senegal's biggest star, but one who has re-invested his success in the local music industry. With his own label, studio, radio station and club in Dakar, he has become part of the establishment of modern African music.

Youssou N'Dour proclaims his roots

The African hero is back with an infectious album that revels in the musical exchanges between Africa, Cuba and the blues. In London for a gig next month, he talks to Nick Duerden

Africa Express, Olympia, Liverpool

A vibrant celebration of African music on the Mersey

Friends, Senegalese, countrymen! Lend us your luxury homes

Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade has asked citizens with luxury homes to make them available to the state as it scrambles to accommodate thousands of delegates expected for an Islamic summit next month.

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