Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates scoring Italy's equaliser

Italy 2 Nigeria 2: Two potential England World Cup opponents give Hodgson plenty to think about

England's management team of Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington were highly interested observers on a return to their old stamping ground last night as two potential World Cup opponents served up the best match seen at Craven Cottage for a long time..

World Cup Qualifiers: Cameroon defeat Tunisia to roar all the way to Brazil

Cameroon yesterday secured their place at next summer’s World Cup, beating Tunisia 4-1 to reach the finals by the same score on aggregate.

Former French hostage Francis Collomp escaped his captors during a Nigerian army operation against Islamist group Boko Haram

French hostage held by Islamist extremists in Nigeria in daring escape on motorbike

A French engineer held hostage by Islamist extremists in northern Nigeria made a daring escape on a motorcycle taxi at the weekend while his captors were being attacked by the Nigerian army.

England coach Roy Hodgson has picked Jay Rodriguez

World Cup 2014: Brazil tournament will favour African teams, predicts Roy Hodgson

The climate is more suitable than that found in Europe says the England manager

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's motorcade commander has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis

Liberian President’s official convoy ‘used for smuggling cannabis’

The commander of the Liberian President’s motorcade has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis.

Sepp Blatter has admitted he is open to the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in more than one Gulf nation

Sepp Blatter: Qatar World Cup in 2022 could be shared by Iran and UAE

Sepp Blatter has admitted he is open to the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in more than one Gulf nation after revealing several countries had offered to co-host the tournament with Qatar.

Book review: The Embassy of Cambodia, By Zadie Smith

A short, perfectly formed story about migrant London

Fear of imprisonment for being gay in African countries is grounds for asylum, EU court rules

The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

Everton's Arouna Kone

Everton striker Arouna Kone to undergo knee operation

The Ivory Coast international joined from Wigan over the summer

Get me out of here - Autumn wine weekend, reindeer safari, Cape Verde

Now... On 15-16 November, the Isle of Eriska Hotel near Oban in Scotland is hosting an "autumn wine weekend". The package costs £400pp, with two nights' B&B, a Taitinger masterclass and dinner with drinks on the Saturday evening. Eriska-hotel.co.uk

Bruno Metsu talks to his Senegal squad at the 2002 World Cup

Bruno Metsu, who took Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, dies

The manager, who had been coaching in the Middle East, was 59

Charles Taylor is worried about his safety once he transfers to Britain to serve his sentence for war crimes

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor ‘fears for safety’ in UK while serving war crimes sentence

The former Liberian President Charles Taylor is worried about his safety once he transfers to Britain to serve his sentence for war crimes, according to new documents released by his lawyers.

Hats off to the sanitary towel sellers

Tampons are a tough sell - I'm wishing the best of luck to Edith Bowman in her new advertising campaign

At least 30 dead after Mali boat sinks in Niger River

Sleeping passengers onboard were awoken by the sound of the boat breaking in half

Paperback review: Forest of a Thousand Daemons, By D O Fagunwa (Trs by Wole soyinka)

First published in Nigeria in 1939,  D O Fagunwa’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons is a treasure of world literature: it was one of the first African novels, and the first to be written in the Yoruba language. It tells of Akara-ogun, a legendary hunter; he battles shape-shifting “ghommids”, marries an enchantress and carries out “gory assignments” at the behest of a giant ostrich.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment