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

Child refugees speak about turning 18

Mati arrived in England aged 14 from a small Afghan farming village. Following the disappearance of his father and brother, his mother arranged for an agent to smuggle him out of the country.

M23 snubbed by Kabila as rebels refuse to leave Goma

The Democratic Republic of Congo said it would not negotiate with M23 rebels in the east until they pulled out of the city of Goma, but a rebel spokesman said Kinshasa was in no position to set conditions on peace talks.

As the fighting moves from Goma to Sake, residents head in the opposite direction to escape the violence

UN accuses army chief of supplying Congo rebels

M23 mutineers gain ground as president holds talks with Rwandan leader

Rebels from the M23 group arrive in Goma yesterday

Rwanda's invading army

The M23 rebels are on the march, capturing  a key Congolese city after overrunning UN troops. But who is really backing them?

African operator FastJet ready for take-off

FastJet, the new budget African airline, has signed leasing agreements for two aircraft, and poached easyJet and Ryanair bosses.

World Bank accused over land grabs

Aid provider denies claims of forcible evictions in developing countries. Tom Bawden reports

President's son promoted again

President Yoweri Museveni has made his son a one-star general and appointed him commander of the country's special forces.

Educating Ronnie, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

It’s part of the power of this one-man show from theatre director-turned-performer Joe Douglas that it might leave you feeling particularly unsatisfied when he leaves the stage.

Ebola claims 14th victim in Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday urged Ugandans to avoid physical contact, after an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus claimed its 14th victim. People should avoid shaking hands, kissing or having sex to prevent the disease from spreading, the President said.

14 killed in Uganda by deadly Ebola virus outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, health officials said, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes.

How can it be right that a bottle of coke or water is more expensive than a bottle of milk?

Apply your conscience creatively

Masters courses with a strong social aspect are growing in popularity

Funding issues force Africans to abandon training plans

Several African countries have pulled out of pre-Olympic training camps in Britain at the last minute because they are unable to pay the fees. Senegal, Uganda, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia and Mozambique are among the nations which have reneged on agreements to use the UK's training facilities before the Games.

Tullow Oil expects record revenues as output increases

Tullow Oil expects record revenues for the first half of 2012 on the back of a buoyant oil price and a rise in production.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee