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Sunday 21 December 2008
Wednesday 17 December 2008
Tuesday 16 December 2008
The death toll from cholera in Zimbabwe has risen to 978, with 18,413 suspected cases, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in Geneva.
Wednesday 03 December 2008
Thursday 27 November 2008
Zimbabwe's neighbours should close their borders in an attempt to bring down President Robert Mugabe, Botswana's Foreign Minister said yesterday.
Sunday 09 November 2008
Southern African leaders opened a regional summit on Zimbabwe in South Africa on Sunday, hoping to break a deadlock over the allocation of cabinet posts which has prevented formation of a power-sharing government.
Saturday 04 October 2008
Thursday 07 August 2008
A pipe and slippers, not an Olympic podium, is higher in the pecking order of pastimes for most 38-year-old swimmers but the evergreen Mark Foster is no ordinary swimmer. His longevity and popularity were rewarded last night when his peers on the British Olympic team voted for him to be Britain's flag-bearer at tomorrow night's opening ceremony for the Games.
Saturday 26 July 2008
Tuesday 01 July 2008
The African Union called today for a national unity government in Zimbabwe, summit delegates said, after the widely-condemned re-election of President Robert Mugabe in a poll scarred by violence.
Saturday 14 June 2008
Amid mounting fears that the senior Zimbabwean opposition official Tendai Biti is being tortured in custody, his lawyers obtained a high court order yesterday that he be brought before a judge today.
Sunday 01 June 2008
It may only be a matter of time before Precious Ramotswe is operatically trilling her way through her private investigations. Alexander McCall Smith, the author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, has founded Botswana's first opera house, The No. 1 Ladies' Opera House. But the writer, who is himself no mean bassoonist, is keeping his plans for a future world premiere at the new venue firmly under wraps. He's brimming with enthusiasm, however, over immediate plans for his latest project which opens with "a grand-ish concert" on 21 June, sponsored by the Edinburgh-based author.
Friday 16 May 2008
Thursday 27 March 2008
Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's books have long awaited BBC1's television adaptation of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and the final product, co-written by Richard Curtis and the late Anthony Minghella, and directed by Minghella, did not disappoint.
Monday 24 March 2008
It's genuinely sad that Anthony Minghella should have died so young, and it makes reviewing The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency a slightly awkward business. A popular bank holiday entertainment shouldn't have been the capstone to his career, and given a little time, it won't be. But following so closely on his death, it will inevitably be received as a parting gift, which is not a seemly thing to subject to criticism. It's a relief, then, to find that its merits are distinctively Minghella's own, and that in adapting Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular and arguably emollient stories for the screen, he and Richard Curtis have found a way to stiffen their representation of African life without losing the sweet moral clarity of the originals.
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