Voices Mandela delivering his first public speech since his release from jail in Cape Town in 1990 - the same year Mandela visited Dublin

When asked if the IRA should be admitted to Northern Ireland talks without first ending its campaign of violence, Mandela fumbled his reply

Hundreds of Zimbabweans seek refuge at US embassy

About 200 Zimbabwean opposition supporters have sought refuge at the US embassy in Harare amid new reports of violence against dissenters.

Leading article: The lesser of two evils

Morgan Tsvangirai is a political realist. That is why he decided, in the end, not to stand against Robert Mugabe in last week's bogus election in Zimbabwe. Too many of his supporters and – when they went into hiding – their wives, were being killed in the run-up to a polling day whose result he well knew would be rigged by a man determined not to relinquish office to any power less than the divine. Mr Tsvangirai is a brave man but he is not foolish.

The world voices its revulsion as Mugabe is sworn in as president

Robert Mugabe was sworn in for a sixth term as President of Zimbabwe yesterday ahead of his departure to an African Union summit where he is expected to seek recognition for his "overwhelming" victory in an election in which he was the sole candidate.

Death toll in campaign of intimidation against MDC supporters 'close to 500'

The true death toll in the campaign of terror being led by Robert Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe is close to 500, according to doctors' groups and opposition sources. The estimated number of killings had been thought to be 86 but new evidence collected from rural areas witnessing the worst of the intimidation has prompted a five-fold increase in the tally.

Young Mugabe: The making of a despot

Abandoned by his father, raised by his fanatically religious mother, and devastated by the death of his adored elder brother, Robert Mugabe's childhood left him lonely, bitter - and ruthless. Through a series of exclusive interviews with the dictator and his family, Heidi Holland uncovers a history of private torment

Gugulethu Moyo: Yes, Tsvangirai was right to pull out

Too many lives have been lost in run-up to election

Leading article: An aborted election, but no triumph for Mugabe

No one can blame Morgan Tsvangirai for withdrawing from Friday's run-off in Zimbabwe's presidential election. Least of all can he be accused of lacking personal courage. He returned to Zimbabwe to campaign, despite ample evidence that rigging had deprived him of a clear victory in the first round and very real threats to his life.

Let's finish it! Tsvangirai in call to bring down Mugabe

Zimbabwe's main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), will decide tomorrow whether to boycott what is seen as the country's most important election since independence. The run-off next week between the MDC's Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe has been thrown into disarray by a state-sponsored campaign of terror designed to overturn the regime's first-round defeat and prolong the President's 28-year rule.

Leading article: Even amid the horror, an election is still the best way to oust this tyrant

The benighted country of Zimbabwe has entered the last days of campaigning before next Friday's poll. As recently as a week ago it was hard to imagine how the circumstances of this presidential run-off could possibly deteriorate any further. Yet deteriorate they have, with practically every day bringing new evidence of the depths to which Robert Mugabe is prepared to stoop to hang on to the dismal remnants of his power.

Mugabe's opponents die in firebomb attack

Zimbabwe's ruling regime stepped up its win at all costs election campaign with a firebomb attack that killed four opposition party activists.

Mbeki steps up pressure on Mugabe

Diplomatic efforts intensified last night to bring peace to Zimbabwe ahead of presidential run-off elections due on 27 June.

US ambassador warns of ‘massive starvation’

The US ambassador to Zimbabwe has attacked President Robert Mugabe's regime, saying a lorry carrying American aid destined forchildren was ''hijacked'' by the authorities and the food handed out to pro-government supporters.

Zimbabwe opposition negotiator is accused of treason

In the strongest indication yet that the Zimbabwean regime intends to fight to the bitter end, the opposition's chief negotiator was arrested yesterday and charged with treason.

Mugabe says seized farms have been under-used

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, seeking to keep power in a June 27 election run-off, has conceded that beneficiaries of his farm seizures are using less than half the land and threatened to take it off them.

Police stamp out Tsvangirai's election campaign

Police stopped the election campaign of Robert Mugabe's main rival in its tracks today.

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