News Liquid assets: GiveDirectly has transferred about $6.3m to 6,000 households in Africa

Sarah Morrison finds out what traditional charities think of letting the poor spend it on what they like

Mogadishu: Life on the front line in a city laid bare by war

Daniel Howden, in the first of a series of dispatches from Mogadishu, reports on the battle to defeat Islamist militants

Traveller’s guide to Wildlife Holidays

Big-hitters such as lions, leopards and elephants continue to fascinate us, but as Mike Unwin reveals, smaller animals can be equally compelling

Ugandan President's rap becomes dance hit

He is 65, has been President for more than two decades and is Uganda's newest rap star.

How did the AK-47 become the most abundant weapon on earth?

It's the most abundant gun on earth, used by national armies, guerrillas and gangsters. How did this simple firearm, created by committee in Soviet Russia, come to monopolise violence? Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter CJ Chivers dismantles the myth and symbolism of the AK-47

Leading article: A continent's darkness

Prejudice against gay people in Africa is a serious problem. Four people in Uganda have been attacked after being named on the front page of a newspaper as being among the country's 100 "top homos". It is only the latest example of anti-gay violence in the continent. And it comes on the anniversary of a bill introduced in Uganda last year calling for the death penalty for people who have gay sex while infected with HIV. The proposed legislation would have outlawed the words "gay rights" and made it a crime not to report a gay person to the police.

Outcry as Ugandan paper names 'top homosexuals'

Gay Ugandans have faced a fortnight of attacks and intimidation, say human rights campaigners, after a local newspaper published a list of the country's "top 100 homosexuals". As well as naming gay Ugandans – complete with photographs and addresses – Rolling Stone newspaper also claimed that a deadly disease was attacking homosexuals in Uganda, and said that gays were recruiting one million children by raiding schools.

State of Emergency: Britain 1970-1974, By Dominic Sandbrook

Gramsci's famous remark about the old dying, the new not yet being born and a variety of "morbid symptoms" declaring themselves in the interval is a bit too often quoted these days. All the same, it is uncannily prophetic of the period in British history covered by the rise and fall of Edward Heath's government, a time when the consequences of having won the Second World War but lost the peace that followed had become dramatically apparent to everyone but the losers.

Theft and corruption take malaria drugs away from Africa's poorest

Widespread government corruption and theft of anti-malarial drugs is preventing the poorest people in Uganda from receiving treatment for a preventable disease that kills 300 people in the country every day, an investigation has revealed.

The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief, By VS Naipaul

VS Naipaul always arouses intense loathing or unbounded exaltation, and smugly watches what he unleashes: to him, a sign he is invincible and a transcendent truth-teller. But time has taken its toll; his hands are shaky, his words no longer perfectly sculpted. The power over readers is dissipating, and a very good thing too.

Tullow Oil dragged down by Ugandan tax dispute

Tullow Oil was the FTSE 100's second-biggest faller yesterday after the company admitted its deal to buy a stake in a key Ugandan oil field is being held up by a tax dispute between the seller, Heritage, and the government in Kampala.

The Lord's Resistance Army's new reign of terror

One of Africa's most feared militias, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), has carried out a campaign of mass abductions on both sides of the remote border between the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a human rights monitor.

BBC World Service criticised over homosexuals headline

The BBC Trust has rejected a complaint about a headline on the World Service website that asked, "Should homosexuals face execution?", it was announced today.

More than 70 countries make being gay a crime

People are being killed for their sexual orientation, despite progress made by some nations, including Britain, to eliminate prejudice

World Focus: Surrender to al-Shabaab may be first step to victory for Somalia

The government has no authority and exists only in embassies and summit rooms out of the country

African leaders pledge more troops to fight al-Shabaab after Uganda bombs

African leaders condemned Somalia's al-Shabaab rebels yesterday at a Kampala summit. Officials said they will beef up an African force fighting the group behind attacks that killed 76 people in Uganda this month.

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