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

Flower named new England team director

Former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Andy Flower was confirmed as England's new team director on Wednesday by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

John Sentamu: The currency of Zimbabwe is falsehood

Neighbours wash their hands of responsibility for ending this reign of terror

Julian Knight: This licence to print money won't put pensioners at their ease

We've heard a lot about how the 0.5 per cent cut in the UK base rate will hurt savers and particularly those who are retired. However, the Government's decision to follow the financial path trodden in the past by the Weimar Republic and Robert Mugabe and in effect print an extra £75bn could have a far more damaging long-term effect on pension pots.

Basildon Peta: Susan Tsvangirai - An ordinary woman with extraordinary charm

What I most admired about Susan Tsvangirai was that she knew that the success of your family was dependent on the success of your country. She never moaned about what life was like for her and her children and the risks that came from living with Robert Mugabe's nemesis. It was always about the children of Zimbabwe. It was a typical caring and motherly attitude that Zimbabwe had always wanted from its First Lady but never got.

John Rentoul: Mugabe analogies are the politics of, er, Mugabe

Iain Dale has a post up entitled "Printing Money is the Economics of Robert Mugabe".

Zimbabwean held in detention centre attempts suicide

A Zimbabwean woman who is being held in a UK detention centre is reported to have tried to hang herself last week after an application for bail failed. Lorraine Thulambo, 18, whose father was murdered by Robert Mugabe’s men, has been held in Yarl’s Wood for more than two months with her mother Priviledge, 39, and her sister Valerie, 20.

Britain to aid UK citizens in Zimbabwe

The British government has launched an emergency initiative to help hundreds of elderly British nationals, hit by the collapse of the food distribution and medical systems in Zimbabwe, to resettle in Britain.

Dinner with Mugabe, By Heidi Holland

The journalist Heidi Holland met Robert Mugabe 30 years ago, when he'd just been released from prison and she gave him dinner at her house. She met him again, in 2007, for a formal interview with him in State House in Harare. She fills in the intervening years, during which Mugabe turned from a freedom fighter into a tyrant, with a series of in-depth interviews with those who've known him best: his brother Donato, his early Zanu colleague Edgar Tereke, Lord Carrington, and others.

Caroline Gluck: 'We used to be dead. Now we are alive'

For the first time since I'd been in Zimbabwe, I passed two women busy sweeping litter from a street corner as I made my way to work. It seemed a minor miracle, given that most basic civic services had broken down. There had been no refuse collection for months; and the water and sewerage system in many areas of the country had stopped functioning altogether.

Zimbabwe's opposition to run finance ministry

The Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday appointed Tendai Biti to be Finance Minister in a unity government and said he would focus on creating monetary stability and attracting foreign investment.

Zimbabwe opposition contests power-sharing claims

Southern African leaders ended an all-night summit on forming a unity government in Zimbabwe but the regional leaders and representatives of Zimbabwe's opposition disagreed on the results.

Mandela's wife calls for Mugabe to step down

Graca Machel, the wife of Nelson Mandela, yesterday described Zimbabwe's government as illegitimate and said regional leaders had allowed hundreds of thousands of people to die needlessly.

The dancers voting with their feet

The rise to power and brutal rule of Robert Mugabe is the subject of a daring ballet choreographed by a Zimbabwean exile – but can dance ever express such horrors? Alice Jones reports

Mugabe: Talks are last chance for opposition

President Robert Mugabe ruled out giving any further concessions to Zimbabwe's opposition, saying it has one last chance to join a government of national unity, a state newspaper reported yesterday.

Activist charged with 'plot to overthrow Mugabe'

Prosecutors today charged former Zimbabwean newscaster Jestina Mukoko and nine other opposition activists with plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe's government.

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