Togo's hero has only been there once... as a toddler

Togo's first medallist at an Olympics, the kayaker Benjamin Boukpeti, said it was finally time for him to visit the country he competes for.

Album: Various Artists, African Scream Contest (Analog Africa)

African Scream Contest reveals another hidden area ofAfrican music, in this case a form of psychedelic Afrobeat popular in the Seventies in Benin and Togo: an exuberant blend of Cuban, Congolese and highlife strains, streaked with slithery psychedelic guitar fills.

Drogba rejected for award after Togo travel wrangle

The Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba did not win the 2007 African Footballer of the Year award because he refused to attend Friday's ceremony in Lome, his team said yesterday.

Obituary: Gnassingbe Eyadema

Long-serving President of Togo

Togo's army installs new leader illegally

WORLD LEADERS urged Togo to respect its laws yesterday, after the army snubbed the constitution and named a new president after the death of Gnassingbe Eyadema, ruler of the West African country for 38 years.

Trapped in the devil's lair

Alex Duval Smith in Freetown on the savage politics that led to the seizing of the British hostages

Rebels stripped and humiliated British officers

FOUR BRITISH majors and a lieutenant-colonel were facing a third night as hostages of notoriously ruthless and unpredictable rebels in the Sierra Leonean bush yesterday as a joint British military and civilian team arrived in Freetown to negotiate their release.

Five Britons are seized in Sierra Leone

Alex Duval Smith reports from Freetown as rebels abduct soldiers on a UN mission to rescue child hostages

Sierra Leone peace pledge

BRITAIN ASSURED Sierra Leone of its "absolute commitment" to work for a lasting peace in the country yesterday after Clare Short, the Secretary of State for International Development, met the President in Freetown.

Sierra Leone deal promises end to conflict

PEACE BECKONED at last yesterday for Sierra Leone when the country's government and rebel forces agreed on a deal to end one of Africa's most vicious and brutal civil wars in modern times.

Fresh moves to end war in Sierra Leone

IN ITS desperate search for peace, the elected government of Sierra Leone is offering to share power with rebels who, in a report today, are accused of "some of the worst human rights violations the world has ever seen''.

Truce move in Sierra Leone war

Truce move in Sierra Leone war

Japan puts bank under state rule

JAPAN took another step yesterday towards cleaning up its banking industry by putting Nippon Credit Bank under state control, overriding objections from the bank's executives who insisted it was not insolvent.
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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