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

Zimbabwe police arrest three Tsvangirai staff

Police have raided the party headquarters of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, and arrested a youth leader and two security guards.

Zimbabwe to exhibit work at Venice Biennale

Every year, the Venice Biennale announces a raft of different countries due to exhibit at the event, the most famous artistic showcase in the world.

Gamu faces deportation after review

Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu faces being deported to Zimbabwe following a Home Office ruling.

The sporting week ahead (20/02/11)


A leap into the unknown

A dancer leaps across the stage at The Place theatre in London, where the Tavaziva Dance Company will perform as part of a new programme announced yesterday.

Nicholas Foulkes: Consoled bynostalgia in a 10-gallon hat

Our writer is keen to catch up with the 'Dallas' folk

Zimbabwean PM accused of inciting uprisings

Zimbabwe's prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has been accused by state-run radio of trying to spark uprisings against President Robert Mugabe similar to those seen in Tunisia and Egypt.

Debut writer Jason Wallace wins Costa book award for Robert Mugabe novel

A debut children's writer who was turned down by 100 publishers has followed in the footsteps of JK Rowling and Philip Pullman to land a major literary prize.

South Africa's Zuma mediates

South Aafrican President Jacob Zuma travelled to Zimbabwe yesterday to try to end power-sharing disputes, but the prospect of elections next year looks set to hamper his mission.

The Fear: The Last Days Of Robert Mugabe, By Peter Godwin

I was carrying Peter Godwin's book across the lobby of a South African hotel when a beaming waitress, pointing to the picture of Robert Mugabe on the cover, stopped me to exclaim proudly: "That's my uncle!" But he's a bad man, I said. "This book shows the terrible things he has done, and is still doing." She clearly didn't believe me. "But it's just a book," she said, her smile fading. "He's really a good man."

Mugabe to scrap power-sharing

President Robert Mugabe vowed to call elections next year to "bring an end" to the troubled coalition with his rival and said a vote would be held even if constitutional reforms are not completed, state radio has reported.

'Mugabe chicken' pop group Freshlyground banned

A south african pop group known for its World Cup collaboration with Shakira has been barred from Zimbabwe after releasing a video depicting Robert Mugabe as a chicken.

Leading article: Zimbabwe's war of succession

Rumours of the ill-health of Robert Mugabe are greatly exaggerated, the man himself insisted yesterday in a rare interview evidently given to allay suggestions that he is about to die. Recent pictures of Mr Mugabe showed him walking unsteadily and needing help to negotiate stairs. So up popped the Zimbabwean president to insist he was "fit as a fiddle". Whether he is or not, there is little doubt that Zimbabwe could be thrown into serious turmoil if Mr Mugabe dies in office. The man who has ruled the country for the past 30 years has indicated that he may run for office again in 2012, or whenever. And there is no unambiguous provision under the current constitution for what happens if the president dies in office.

Blair secretly courted Robert Mugabe to boost trade

Tony Blair secretly courted Robert Mugabe in an effort to win lucrative trade deals for Britain, it has emerged in correspondence released to The Independent under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents show that the relationship between New Labour and the Zimbabwean President blossomed soon after Tony Blair took office in Downing Street.

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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