Market Report: Brazilian talks add to Glencore’s allure

Commodity and mining giant Glencore Xstrata is constantly on the lookout for new assets to add to its coffers and the City bought into news yesterday it was in talks with Brazil’s Vale over a nickel mine joint venture.

Ethiopia's Saladin Said wriggles away from two South African opponents in June's qualifier

World Cup qualifiers: Ethiopia stir African hearts with dream of debut

In Ouagadougou and Abidjan today the dream will flare again, just as it will in Addis Ababa and Rades on Sunday, and in Kumasi on Tuesday.

Violence delays French pullout of Mali

French special forces killed around 10 militants in a gun battle in northern Mali this month, Paris has said. The simmering violence is threatening security at next month's elections and delaying a French troop withdrawal.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor to serve 50-year jail sentence in UK

Charles Taylor, the former Liberian President, will serve his 50-year sentence for crimes against humanity in a British prison, following a request from the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor waits for the start of his appeal

Liberian war criminal Charles Taylor will serve sentence in UK prison

Mr Taylor was responsible for 'some of the most heinous crimes in human history'

A street market in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. Police often just take what they want from traders

‘The guns may be silent now, but Liberia is going nowhere’: After a decade of peace, country is still suffering under a corrupt police force

Liberia’s post-civil war reality is of a shattered economy exposing its people to exploitation  by a police force devoid of morale and morality

Review: Solo, By William Boyd

Boyd’s Bond is driven but torn

Inside Gambia: A cripplingly poor country ruled by fear

On the day that President Yahya Jammeh pulls out of the Commonwealth a former resident describes what day-to-day life is like

Lagos air crash after take-off kills at least 15

The Embraer passenger plane crashed just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal this morning

Ivory tusks seized in anti-smuggling operations are displayed by the Hong Kong Customs

Hong Kong seizes 189 elephant tusks in clampdown on smuggled products from endangered species

The illegal ivory haul has estimated street value of $1.5m

Lacina Traore of Anzhi Makhachkala and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham

Europa League: Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur match preview

A look ahead to Spurs’ Europa League visit to Russia

President Yahya Jammeh on walkabout in November 2011

Goodbye to all that: The Gambia’s ultra-paranoid dictator, Yahya Jammeh, rejects the Commonwealth

One of Africa’s most vibrant dictators has cut a symbolic link with his nation’s colonial past and, some say, with normality

Coat £231.04, dress £120.14, Beatrice Black Atari; kisua.com

iStyle: Africa calling

New website Kisua puts African design talent centre stage, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Mark Bridger prison attack: Inmate's life sentence doubled for slashing April Jones killer in attempt to make him reveal where body is hidden

Convicted murderer and rapist attacked Bridger with knife fashioned out of razor at top security prison

Video footage released last week appeared to show a man claiming to be Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram insurgency: The conflict in northern Nigeria crying out for more attention – and less violence

The group lives up to its name - which translates as 'Western education is sinful' - by shooting children taking exams and burning down dozens of schools

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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