Voices Mandela delivering his first public speech since his release from jail in Cape Town in 1990 - the same year Mandela visited Dublin

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The Zimbabwe opposition should not be fooled by symbolism

Muriithi Mutiga: Opposition must make the most of its chance

Zimbabwe'S President, Robert Mugabe, has never passed up an opportunity to demonstrate his distaste for the negotiations aimed at ending the crisis in his battered country.

Mugabe must back down, says rival

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, has refused to be pushed into a deal that would leave Robert Mugabe in effective control of the country. The man regarded by many as the president-elect said Mr Mugabe would have to cede power before any agreement on a government of national unity would be possible.

Confusion over Zimbabwe 'deal'

President Robert Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara, Zimbabwe's breakaway opposition leader, have signed a power-sharing deal, ruling Zanu-PF officials claimed.

Andy Zaltzman, The Stand, Edinburgh

Andy Zaltzman loves making football analogies for political situations: he reckons the poor of the world have had "a terrible last seven millennia", and that they've made some grave errors and let in a few own goals in the past.

Mugabe hails Zimbabwe's prospects for coalition

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said today that marathon power-sharing talks with the opposition were about "little hurdles" and the rival sides were reaching consensus on the way forward.

Hopes grow for Zimbabwe power-sharing deal

South African President Thabo Mbeki, mediating in Zimbabwe's crisis, began meetings with President Robert Mugabe and the country's opposition leaders on Sunday amid signs a power-sharing deal is close.

Leading article: A clash of law and politics

The supporters of Jacob Zuma, the leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party, had promised to bring the city of Pietermaritzburg to a halt yesterday when their hero appeared at a hearing into corruption charges levelled against him by state prosecutors. In the end they produced crowds of only a few hundred.

Mugabe and MDC to restart talks

Talks between Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition MDC aimed at resolving the political crisis will resume on Sunday, according to the South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Upbeat Tsvangirai looks to the future

It is a photograph that will seem inconceivable to most people in Zimbabwe.

Historic handshake offers hope of power-sharing in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe, and his opposition rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, have given themselves a fortnight to reach a deal to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis. The pair briefly put aside bitter personal enmities yesterday to sign a memorandum of understanding that launched formal talks with a two-week deadline to achieve some form of power-sharing agreement.

Zimbabwe opposition set to agree on talks

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said yesterday that Zimbabwe's main opposition was preparing to hold talks with President Robert Mugabe's party.

Brown 'wrong-headed' over waste, says Tesco boss

The chief executive of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy, has called Gordon Brown's recent attack on food waste "well-meaning but wrong-headed". In an interview today in The Independent on Sunday, the boss of the £51.8bn supermarket chain dismissed allegations that the company wastes food, encourages binge drinking and is destroying the face of rural England. "We hardly waste anything," Sir Terry said. "Our waste is just 1 per cent. That's not thrown away; it's just sold at a reduced price."

One in four M&S shareholders fails to support Rose

Nearly one in four Marks & Spencer shareholders refused to back executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose at the eagerly anticipated annual meeting yesterday, sending a clear signal that they want to see an improved performance in certain areas.

Miliband urges UN resolution on Mugabe

Britain called for tough action as well as talk in the face of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's defiance and signs of disunity among his opposition.

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