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Published: Thursday 30 September 2004

Two Kalahari Bushmen have begun a month-long tour of the us, to raise awareness of the Botswana government's eviction of their people from their ancestral land, in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, for diamond mines. The us is the largest market for Botswana's diamonds.

At a ceremony held in Central Senegal, West Africa, to discuss the worst locust swarm in 15 years, soothsayers have suggested that the country's farmers must give boiled cereal mixed with curdled milk to poor affected people, and bury plant roots to avoid crops from being ravaged.

Phir Milenge (Till we meet), a film about a female advertising executive who discovers that she is hiv positive and battles stigma has won rare praise. "When Bollywood produces a film about aids, everyone has to sit up and take notice," Peter Piot, executive director of the joint un Programme on hiv/aids, said in a statement released in Mumbai.

Presenting his research at the International Geographic Conference at Scotland, Oxford University professor Andrew Goudie said that dust clouds over the Sahara Desert have increased and now threaten the global climate: the primary reason, he says, is "Toyota-isation" or the increasing use of SUVs.

Rockers Bruce Springsteen, the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, REM and John Mellencamp, country music performers the Dixie Chicks, and folk singer James Taylor have kicked off a 'Vote for Change' concert tour, a 34-show tour of nine key us states aimed at "defeating" George Bush.

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