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The batsman is included in the squad for the tour Down Under

Exiled journalist's return to Zimbabwe

The crew were told to prepare for landing. My heart was pounding. How would I be received in the country I fled in a blaze of death threats nine years ago?

Mugabe denies illness as rivals jockey for position

The intensifying battle to succeed Robert Mugabe yesterday forced the 86-year-old President of Zimbabwe to publicly deny reports that he is seriously ill. Speculation that the aged leader's health had deteriorated has helped to push a behind-the-scenes power struggle between rival factions in his ruling party into the open.

No deaths in Harare flight accident

Reports of a crash involving a London-departing Boeing jet led to worried calls to airlines today only for the incident to be later declared a practice drill.

Masawara listing to raise Zimbabwe investment fund

Masawara plans to raise $25m (£16m) floating on AIM to invest in "the recovery of Zimbabwe's economy", with "significant potential returns in the next five years" from investment in natural resources, telecoms, commercial real estate and state privatisations.

Zimbabwe give India another shock

When Alan Butcher was appointed coach of Zimbabwe in February his task appeared a thankless one. Four months on and he seems to be doing something right after his charges returned a second successive one-day international win over India. His brief is to prepare the country for a return to Test cricket – provisionally scheduled for later this year – and while one-day games can swing in a moment, the convincing manner of both Zimbabwe's wins can only raise hopes.

Zimbabwe cash crisis sees victims drive accused to trial

Zimbabweans have given a new twist to the notion of taking justice into your own hands as victims of crime have been forced to drive the accused to court in their own vehicles.

Harare North, By Brian Chikwava

"Harare North" is London (just as "Harare South" is Johannesburg), which is where our anonymous first-person protagonist fetches up, with all his belongings in one suitcase, sharing a squat in Brixton with other assorted Zimbabwean refugees. His mission: to keep his head down and not be noticed, to say nothing about his past, and to return to Zimbabwe to perform a ceremony to allow his dead mother's spirit to return to her place of birth. But first, he needs to get some money.

Mugabe marks 30 years of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe marked the 30th anniversary of its independence yesterday the same way that it had celebrated its initial separation from Britain: with a stadium speech by Robert Mugabe.

Anti-Mugabe artist arrested

Police in Zimbabwe have shut down an art exhibition exploring violence blamed on President Robert Mugabe.

'I'll run against Mugabe', says Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe's prime minister said he would run against Robert Mugabe in presidential elections expected next year and called for an army of peacekeepers to protect voters.

The state of the nation novel

On the day that the winner of the Costa Book of the Year is announced, Mark Piggott explores why state-of-the-nation novels are in vogue but rarely win the big prizes

Mann returns to the arms of his wife

The mercenary Simon Mann, 57, celebrated his freedom with his wife, Amanda, yesterday as he thanked people for the "warmth" shown since his release from a 34-year jail sentence for his part in plotting a coup.

Zimbabwe's leaders remain at loggerheads

Zimbabwe's political crisis deepened yesterday after the first meeting between President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai since the prime minister's MDC party boycotted the unity government, an MDC spokesman said.

Brown gives extra £5m for ailing Zimbabwe economy

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai used a trip to London yesterday to defend his decision to share power with President Robert Mugabe and to accept an extra £5m in British aid.

Britain gives Zimbabwe extra aid but urges reform

Britain pledged an extra £5 million in aid to Zimbabwe Monday, hailing the "great signs of progress" since a unity government took office but urging more reform.

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