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

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Broadcasters and politicians criticised senior BBC executives for refusing to give interviews in response to the evidence uncovered in the Pollard report transcripts.

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Zimbabwe's first licensed commercial radio station went live yesterday, ending a 32-year monopoly by the state-controlled broadcaster and meeting some demands to free up the nation's airwaves ahead of proposed elections.

Lying low: Molly Ngaivambe was told to keep quiet

Asylum-seekers are told:'Go home and lie'

Ruling will decide if Britain is right to expect deportees to protect themselves by dissembling

Move to disqualify Mugabe denied

A panel of MPs in charge of rewriting Zimbabwe's constitution says it it has not reached any conclusions about imposing an age limit for the presidency.

Joyce Mujuru talks to the media after this week's inquest into the death of her husband, General Solomon Mujuru

Mugabe general 'killed in blaze' cannot be exhumed, says court

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A raging house fire has killed one of Zimbabwe's main political brokers, raising questions about the battle within President Robert Mugabe's party over who will succeed the ailing 87-year-old leader.

ANC youth leader becomes liability for President Zuma

He is the sorcerer's apprentice of South African politics. But deluged by a flood of damaging allegations, the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League leader Julius Malema suddenly faces the prospect that the sorcerer, President Jacob Zuma, will not wave his saviour's wand this time.

Malawi's protesters to come out of hiding after bloody crackdown

Protest leaders in Malawi said yesterday they were coming out of hiding and would stage fresh demonstrations one week after 19 people were killed in a violent government crackdown.

Zimbabwean general calls PM a security threat

A powerful general has called Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai a "security threat" and accused him of taking instructions from Westerners who are seeking "illegal regime change".

Mugabe loses political battle over Speaker

An ally of Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwean Prime Minister and former opposition leader, was re-elected as Speaker of Parliament late on Tuesday in a bitter political battle against President Robert Mugabe's party ahead of a possible general election.

Newspaper banned by Mugabe is back on sale

The once-banned Daily News, known for its criticism of President Robert Mugabe, returned to the streets of Zimbabwe yesterday, appearing for the first time in nearly eight years with a promise to highlight bad governance.

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