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

Former Aussie PM Howard rejected for ICC vice-presidency

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has failed in his attempt to become the next vice-president of the International Cricket Council. The 70-year-old had been nominated by Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, who have been asked to put forward another candidate. The decision was made yesterday at the ICC executive board meeting in Singapore.

Enough's enough: Some things should be put out of their misery much sooner

It lasted 11 hours and five minutes, a total of 138 games and 112 aces served. The epic Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut was the longest game of tennis ever played. Their showdown was just one of many things to have gone on too long. Here are some others that went on way after they should have been put out of their misery.

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Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, fired four cabinet ministers and shifted a fifth to a new post, saying they had failed a performance review.

The Highlight Reel: Ill wind blows into Soweto

Soccer City, the showpiece stadium, the star of Soweto, the ingenious arena built to resemble an African cooking pot or Kalabash, is beginning to acquire another very African characteristic. After two days of strong winds in Johannesburg the venue for today's opening match looks like a dustbowl. Like everything else in the windswept approach to Soweto township, it's been coated in a thick layer of red dust. An attribute that will be immediately recognisable to any fan tuning in from Somalia to Namibia.

Anger management classes for ANC star

Some unsuspecting patients at an anger management class near Johannesburg are set to be joined by South Africa's most notorious big-mouth, it emerged yesterday. Julius Malema, leader of the ruling party's youth wing, is to undergo counselling to help him control his temper.

DVD: Mugabe and the White African, For retail & rental (Dogwoof Pictures)

This revelatory British documentary tells the story of two white farmers in Zimbabwe who are striving to stop their land being "acquisitioned" by the government.

'World Cup will be safe', says South Africa after Terreblanche murder

South African politicians put a lid on their racial invective yesterday amid fears that the image of the World Cup – due to begin in 65 days – could be affected by fallout from the murder of the white extremist Eugene Terreblanche.

'I'll run against Mugabe', says Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe's prime minister said he would run against Robert Mugabe in presidential elections expected next year and called for an army of peacekeepers to protect voters.

Protesters challenge Jacob Zuma over Mugabe at South Africa House

Protesters greeted President Jacob Zuma as he arrived at South Africa House today as part of his state visit to the UK.

Mugabe celebrates birthday amid Zimbabwe's distress

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe celebrates his 86th birthdaytoday with a lavish party as the economy struggles to recover from crisis, showing no sign of planning to retire after 30 years in power.

The Road, John Hillcoat, 111 mins, (15)<br/>It's Complicated, Nancy Meyers, 115 mins, (15)

There are no cars, no zombies and no hope in this poetic, cheerless trudge through a post-apocalyptic America

Mugabe and the White African (12A)

The tragedy of Zimbabwe is righteously caught in this Oscar-nominated documentary about one man's hopeless fight against the chaotic land-grab instituted by Robert Mugabe.

Independent Appeal: Rescuing Zimbabwe's lost generation

They are trained to be the stormtroopers of political violence &ndash; but now a veteran of Zimbabwe's freedom struggle is working to redeem them, writes Basildon Peta

MDC pushes for power-share deal

Zimbabwe's MDC party yesterday ended its boycott of the government, giving President Robert Mugabe a month to settle a new power-sharing deal.

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