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Alex Duval Smith is a freelance foreign correspondent based in South Africa

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Robert Mugabe flew back from Asia to Harare yesterday, seemingly in good health

Mugabe dispels death rumours as he returns 'fit and well' to Zimbabwe

Looking hale and hearty as he shook the hands of dignitaries at Harare airport, President Robert Mugabe put an end to rumours that he was gravely ill when he returned to Zimbabwe yesterday morning.

Mugabe alive and well, says Zimbabwean government

Zimbabwean officials yesterday dismissed reports that President Robert Mugabe had been hospitalised during a trip to Singapore as "hogwash".

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe

Rumours of Robert Mugabe's failing health gather pace as he misses cabinet meeting

Rumours that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is gravely ill are intensifying after he missed last week's cabinet meeting and the one due today was cancelled.

Organisers stressed the event was more about advocacy than abdominals

Mr Gay World contest goes ahead in Johannesburg despite threats

African participants in the world's biggest gay beauty pageant faced violence and intimidation ahead of yesterday's final, with Zimbabwe's representative forced to withdraw after his family received death threats.

Mutharika is interviewed in Lilongwe last July, just after the shooting of anti-government protesters

Bingu wa Mutharika: President of Malawi whose reign brought economic ruin

There were signs that Mutharika’s Green Revolution would be ruinous – even before his re-election

Six rugby players feared drowned in South Africa

The South African rugby fraternity is in mourning today after one player was confirmed dead and hopes faded for five of his team mates, who were also feared to have drowned after being caught in rip current on a beach near Port Elizabeth.

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti says President Robert Mugabe will never step down

Mugabe will cling to power until the last, says minister

Politician tells Alex Duval Smith in Harare why President will never quit

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe

Guilty – of watching a film on the Arab Spring in Mugabe's Zimbabwe

Six activists fear long jail sentences for alleged attempt to inspire uprising. Alex Duval Smith reports in Harare

The people's choice: regardless of the economic realities, President Robert Mugabe is riding a new wave of popularity

How Mugabe won over a nation – again

After 32 years in power, Zimbabwe's President is winning new adoration with a familiar formula: taking from white businesses to give to black people. In Harare, Alex Duval Smith reports

Nigeria’s oil fields are a lucrative workplace for expats – but the wages reflect the dangers they face

The expats: 'No bills, no everyday dramas' – until the unthinkable happens

Foreign workers in Africa earn good money and have all they need, but the risks are high

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