The following letters appear in the 26th December edition of the Independent
The year in politics, summarised in painfully awkward photographs
Loathed for her shopping sprees, the former secretary to Zimbabwe’s declining president is planning for his succession
Investment by Beijing has been crucial in underpinning Zimbabwe’s fragile economy in recent years
Zimbabwe's leader criticised Western nations' attempts to 'proscribe new rights contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs'
The 91-year-old President has been accused of being too old to lead Zimbabwe
Mugabe is not thought to be ready to hand over power. And if he does, the power may eventually lie with his wife, not the vice-presidents
When asked if the IRA should be admitted to Northern Ireland talks without first ending its campaign of violence, Mandela fumbled his reply
President Obama told Johannesburg Mandela 'not only freed the prisoners, he freed the jailers as well'
Middle-order batsman, exciting all-rounder and tall fast bowler heading Down Under
Country plunged into limbo as opposition leader alleges fraud and William Hague voices 'grave concerns' over election
Opponents claim Zanu-PF conned its way to power – rather than taking it by force
Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister said his party is ready to contest elections on 31 July, despite worries that the poll is taking place before democratic reforms can be completed.
Giovanni di Stefano claimed he had links with Bin Laden, Mugabe and Saddam
Tendai Biti made the extraordinary revelation at a press conference yesterday
On a return visit, Sue Watt finds a captivating country poised to welcome tourists again.