Sport Richardt Strauss could return to the Ireland squad for the Six Nations following his rapid recovery from heart surgery

Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

Mouritz Botha who begged for a chance with Sarries after being laid off from his office job

Mouritz Botha: Blond With Bottle

It's been a long road to the top for Mouritz Botha. Laid off from his office job, he begged for a chance with Sarries. Now all the hard work has paid off. He talks to Chris Hewett

Bradley Davies is shown yellow during the match with Ireland

Chris Hewett: The IRB must also take blame for putting players in peril

Thanks to the rule changes, most tackles at rucks are now made higher on the body

Malawi threatens to 'smoke out' protesters

Malawi's government yesterday sent troops into cities as President Bingu wa Mutharika threatened to "smoke out" those opposed to his strong-armed rule after an unprecedented wave of protests left 18 people dead.

Rebels expect Cipriani to remain in Australia despite Bath rumours

The Melbourne Rebels said yesterday that they expect former England fly-half Danny Cipriani to honour his two-year deal with the Super 15 club despite ongoing disciplinary issues and reports that he is being sought by Bath.

Prosecutor says Dewani is a 'guilty fugitive'

Uproar as top legal official claims on TV that Briton accused of murdering his wife on honeymoon committed 'a heinous crime'

CSI South Africa: Apartheid's last murder mystery

Nosizile Shweni's eyes glisten as she watches a coffin being set down in front of her. This is the closest the 81-year-old has come to seeing her husband Nontasi for nearly half a century. Inside the coffin is what little is left of him: a few crumbling bones painstakingly exhumed from an unmarked grave miles from home. Nontasi Shweni died at the gallows in Pretoria in 1967 aged just 36 and, until a few months ago, his wife could not even be certain whether he had been killed – let alone where he was buried.

South Africa sets stage for opera on high and low notes of Winnie

The life of South Africa's most famous and most controversial woman is being adapted for a new opera, to open next year in Pretoria.

Boer farmers head for new home in Georgia

Facing the threat of land reform, white South Africans are looking to pastures new

Elsom's Wallabies leave Boks on rocks

Australia won an extraordinary Tri-Nations match in Bloemfontein yesterday. The Wallabies, who beat South Africa 41-39, scored five tries to three, gained revenge for last week's 44-31 defeat in Pretoria and secured second place in the tournament table. They will play New Zealand, the runaway winners, in the final match in Sydney next Saturday.

Wallabies bring in muscle to avenge Pretoria defeat

The Australia coach, Robbie Deans, has beefed up his pack in an effort to match the physicality of South Africa's set-piece in Saturday's Tri-Nations test in Bloemfontein following the 44-31 defeat in Pretoria last weekend.

Peter Bills: South Africa and Australia are playing dumb

South Africa and Australia came close to producing a new version of rugby on Saturday in Pretoria.

Roux held over death of officer

The Bulls prop Bees Roux has been arrested on suspicion of beating a police officer to death, a South African police spokeswoman said yesterday.

Campbell's ex-agent told a 'pack of lies'

Naomi Campbell's former agent has been accused of telling a "complete pack of lies" about a gift to the supermodel of alleged "blood diamonds". Testifying at The Hague, Carole White said Ms Campbell was given the stones by the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor. Ms White said Ms Campbell knew she was to receive the diamonds. But Mr Taylor's defence team suggested she invented her story to support a $600,000 (£375,935) legal dispute with Ms Campbell over alleged unpaid royalties from a perfume deal. Mr Taylor's defence lawyer, Courtenay Griffiths, said: "Quite frankly, Ms White, I suggest that your account is a complete pack of lies." Ms White repeatedly denied making up her account of what happened at a party hosted by Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1997.

Paraguay through after penalty shoot-out drama

Paraguay 0 Japan 0 (Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

Japan given cause for optimism as they tackle Paraguay's faltering challenge

Paraguay v Japan: Today, Pretoria, 3pm, ITV1

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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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Clothing the gap

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain