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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Giggs offers defence of elite wages

But United star says players must give back by lending support to charity projects

Player wages are justified says Giggs

Ryan Giggs believes the majority of top-flight players deserve their massive wages.

Gareth Thomas: Basic healthcare for the world's poor should be a right, not a luxury

Last week I was in Sierra Leone, where I met Aisata Jabbie, an 18 year old mother in agony after complications during a home birth. She couldn't afford to give birth in the local hospital.

Taylor denies Sierra Leone invasion

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has told a war crimes court in The Hague that he played no part in forming the guerrilla force that invaded Sierra Leone in the early 1990s.

Ansu Konneh: Let us leave that voice in the past

All over the Liberian capital yesterday, people were straining to hear a voice they had not heard in more than three years. They ignored the black clouds threatening a deluge and congregated on Monrovia's street corners around communal radios; they asked taxi drivers to retune the station. Then came that calm tone, the familiar stresses on certain words. Charles Taylor was a world away in a European courtroom, but he was still speaking as if he were the president of my country.

African warlord Charles Taylor faces war crimes trial

Liberia's former President Charles Taylor, the first African ruler to stand trial for war crimes, took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday, arguing that the case against him was full of misinformation and lies.

Taylor will tell court: 'I'm a peacemaker'

For one year, prosecution witnesses accused the former Liberian President Charles Taylor of atrocities that ranged from cannibalism to commanding Sierra Leone rebels who had hacked off villagers' limbs, and of selling weapons and ammunition in exchange for "blood diamonds".

Taylor's request for war crimes acquittal rejected

Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone ruled today against a defence request to acquit former Liberian President Charles Taylor on war crimes' charges.

Paradise regained in Sierra Leone

Civil war tore the nation apart for 11 years, but the beautiful beaches that were once the setting for the Bounty chocolate bar advertisements are now back on the tourist map. Katrina Manson reports from Freetown

The Word On: Jonathan Littell

"Littell [in 'The Kindly Ones'] knows almost everything there is to know about Nazi Germany, gets every detail right, and gives us the whole thing without sugar coating, or any attempt to make it any easier on your conscience... Littell is a genius, both as a historian, and as a novelist, but he isn't trying to make you feel good about yourself, or feel morally superior to the Germans, or come away from the book with the feeling that anything has been gained or proved by the murder in cold blood of six million people."

Sweet Water and Bitter, By Sîan Rees

The ships that stopped slavery

The Book of Negroes, By Lawrence Hill

This historical novel, which spans the globe and a lifetime, is a colossal achievement

Genital mutilation: Women fight Africa's taboo

They broke the silence from tribal elders and politicians – but paid a high personal price for trying to protect millions of young girls from the knife

Collapse of sterling hits value of British aid

British aid has been in effect reduced by up to £334m as a result of the plummeting value of the pound, according to figures to be released by the Conservative Party today.

The Texan king of trashion

Eric Kimmel is taking America's discarded clothes, adding African ingenuity and fashion flair, and selling the results for up to $300 in an attempt to bring prosperity to Sierra Leone. Katrina Manson reports
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
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’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum