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Louise (26), from Celbridge, Co Kildare, and Moiketsi (28), from Maseru, Lesotho, met on New Year’s Eve 2009 in Galway, where Moiketsi – whose moth(...)

US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)

Kenyan men work at a road construction site near Isiolo town, 320km north of Nairobi, in July 2008. The road was being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company, and funded by African Development Bank and the Kenyan government. Since then the scale of Chinese aid to Africa has increased dramatically. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

Chinese aid to Africa is creating pariah states rather than just supporting them, claim the findings of a study that reviews the relationship between (...)

Richard E Grant: “There are 1,100 perfumes released every year. It’s like a 57-year-old man saying, ‘Right. I’m now going to release a pop record.’ You don’t stand a chance in hell. But here I am”

Richard E Grant has appeared in everything from Gosford Park to Doctor Who, from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Downton Abbey. He has even made a wildli(...)

Zoologists at Trinity College Dublin have come up with the idea of creating ‘restaurants’ for vultures to protect the specis against habitat loss, poisoning and other threats. Photograph: Darcy Ogada.

How do you reverse a massive decline in the numbers of African white-backed vultures that threatens the species? You open a vulture restaurant of cour(...)

Mandla Mandela (centre back), the eldest grandson of  Nelson Mandela, watches as his flag-draped coffin is carried down steps of the Union Buildings at the end of the third and final day of lying in state in Pretoria today. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Pool/Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a perso(...)

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