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The Z$50,000,000 question: How long will the world stand by and allow this tragedy to continue?

At first glance, the country's cities do not seem to be in meltdown – but only because the once-strong economy has fallen so far, so fast. With inflation at 160,000%, Mugabe must surely be nearing the end. Just don't bet on it. Raymond Whitaker in Harare reports

ANC breaks with Mbeki to condemn 'evident' crisis in Zimbabwe

South Africa's ruling African National Congress has split publicly over the still-undeclared presidential election result in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe is accused of defying the verdict of his own voters.

Leading article: Africa must condemn Mr Mugabe's brutal coup

Yesterday's general strike in Zimbabwe was always likely to be a relative flop. The people of that nation are demoralised and intimidated. Only once in the past decade has there been much general support for a "stayaway". With inflation running at 100,000 per cent and four out of five people unemployed, few of those who still have a job were willing to risk a day's pay. So the weary and impoverished population formed the usual daily queues at banks to withdraw just enough hyperinflationary cash to buy bread, for which they had to queue again at the supermarkets.

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Zimbabwe's leader defies the world to send in new wave of thugs

Intimidation mounts in Zimbabwe as police ban rallies

Robert Mugabe's government banned all political rallies in Zimbabwe yesterday as tension and intimidation mounted over the still-unannounced results of the presidential election held two weeks ago today.

Zimbabwe on the brink: War or Peace?

After a week of talks and rumours, the gloves are off over the disputed presidential poll. Ian Evans in Harare and David Randall in London report

Even in defeat, he is master of his fate

Even though it appears that Robert Mugabe has been resoundingly defeated, he is determined to dictate the terms of his departure.

Glimmers of hope from the people of a ruined country

The abandoned brick kilns outside Bulawayo are a fitting backdrop to begin a journey through a ruined country. The derelict ovens and chimneys have been picked apart for anything that could be salvaged or sold. The blackened rubble that remains stretches for half a mile along the road to the capital, Harare, offering some shelter or a place to sleep for those who begin waiting for a lift from first light.

Dispatches from a blighted land

Mugabe's intimidation failed to stop the people demanding that their voices be heard. The Independent on Sunday's special team of correspondents report from around the country on a historic day

The last stand

As the country goes to the polls, out correspondent finds the people daring to hope for a new dawn

Zimbabwe arrests British pilot for flying opposition leader

A British helicopter pilot hired to fly the Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on the campaign trail was under arrest last night in a Harare police station with a notorious reputation after being detained on the runway of a city airport.

Mugabe opponents face violent attacks ahead of elections

President Robert Mugabe's supporters have used violence to intimidate opponents before next week's election in Zimbabwe, the rights group Human Rights Watch has said.

An African adventure: Inside story of the wonga coup

In an Equatorial Guinea jail, Simon Mann has finally given his version of the hare-brained plot he led to overthrow the country's leader. And the manacled Old Etonian has named those people – and nations – that he claims backed his dogs of war. By Kim Sengupta

How the tyrant of Harare also started his career in the classroom

Were it not for an accident of history, Robert Mugabe might now be a retired schoolteacher living out his dotage in peaceful Ghana. In the summer of 1960 when the first African National Congress – the one set up in what was then Rhodesia – was starting to challenge white rule, the young Mugabe was more of an academic than an activist. The holder, already, of three degrees he had only returned to his homeland to introduce his future wife, Sally, to his family.

Presidential race hots up in Zimbabwe with more defections from ruling party

Buoyed by key defections from the ruling party and support from the opposition movement, former finance minister Simba Makoni held a presidential election rally in the capital yesterday with promises to repair the economy and heal divisions in the nation.

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