British student dies in Madagascar after falling from plane

Family pays tribute to bright, independent Alana Cutland, 19, who was on an internship A Cambridge University student has died in Madagascar after falling from a plane. Alana Cutlands family said they had been left heartbroken and paid tribute to the bright, independent woman. The 19-year-old from Milton Keynes died while on an internship in the north-east of the African island nation earlier this month, the Foreign Office said. Reports said she fell from a Cessna-style light aircraft as it flew above the savannah after she had been conducting research in the remote area of Anjajavy last Thursday. In a statement, her family described her as a talented dancer who had a thirst for discovering more of the world. Our …

‘So flawed and problematic’: why the term ‘world music’ is dead

Artists, record labels and even this months Womad festival agree that the term is outdated. Is there a better way to market music from across the globe? Ask most musicians what genre they play and youll likely get a prickly response. As one well-known, and slightly tipsy, jazz musician once told me: If you all stopped obsessing about me playing jazz, maybe I would be playing festival stages rather than tiny clubs by now. But while there have been meandering debates about jazz during its long history, another genre has become far more contentious in recent years: world music. Dreamed up in a London pub in 1987 by DJs, record producers and music writers, it was conceived as a marketing …

Sudan’s military leaders accused of ordering massacre

BBC investigation includes testimony from soldiers who attacked peaceful protesters The massacre of peaceful protesters in Sudan last month was ordered by the countrys top military rulers, according to n investigation by BBC Africa Eye. The documentary Sudans Livestream Massacre, which analysed more than 300 videos shot on protesters mobiles on the morning of the attack, also included testimony from soldiers who admitted taking part in the break-up of the since April, before it was violently dispersed. Having prompted the downfall and arrest of al-Bashir, the demonstrators have continued. They demanded a civilian government, the removal of violent militia from cities, aid for those attacked in raids and the release of political prisoners. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is officially the head …

Scores killed in attack on Malian village

Mayor says 95 bodies recovered so far and much of village is still burning Gunmen killed nearly 100 people in an overnight massacre in Mali, local officials have said, amid a wave of violence in the Sahel region linked to Islamist extremists. The attackers entered a traditional Dogon village in central Mali under cover of darkness and started shooting, pillaging and burning, local media quoted officials as saying. The attackers are believed to belong to the Fulani ethnic group. Violence between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders has resulted in hundreds of deaths since January. In March gunmen massacred in Burkina Faso in early January. Many observers say the Malian government has lost control over parts of the country having outsourced …

Two Canadian volunteers missing in rare kidnapping in Ghana

The women were abducted in Kumasi, and security sources have suggested it was a kidnapping for ransom Two Canadian women who were volunteering with an international development organisation have been abducted in Canadas foreign ministry said it had informed the womens families and was working with local authorities. Security sources suggested this was a kidnapping for ransom. Kidnappings and violent crime towards foreigners are rare in Ghana. But earlier this year, local media quoted the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, as warning that action must be taken to make sure kidnapping doesnt become a feature of our society. In April, an Indian man was reportedly abducted, also in Kumasi, by an armed gang demanding a cash ransom. He was swiftly rescued by …