News In other news ... Jon Snow performed at last year's Newsroom's Got Talent charity event

The veteran Channel 4 host let readers in on the inner workings of his mind – and it’s not as laundered as one might have thought

Group of white farmers who had their land seized in Zimbabwe plead with William Hague not to lift sanctions on Robert Mugabe

A group of farmers who had their land seized in Zimbabwe are launching a campaign today to protest against a proposed lifting of sanctions against Robert Mugabe’s regime by the European Union.

Kevin Curran retired in 1999

Kevin Curran: Cricketer for Gloucestershire and Northants

The cricketer Kevin Curran enjoyed the best years of his career playing for Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire. And although he missed out on Test cricket when he chose to remain in England when Zimbabwe became a Test-playing nation, he had already established his credentials as a fine all-rounder. The former Zimbabwe national team coach died yesterday after collapsing while out jogging in the eastern city of Mutare. He was 53.

Zimbabwe national team selector and former bowler Kevin Curran dies

Zimbabwe national team selector and former fast bowler Kevin Curran has died at the age of 53, Zimbabwe Cricket have confirmed.

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, by Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin has written three pretty-much universally acclaimed, semi-autobiographical books about Zimbabwe. While When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is one of my favourite books of all time, I have yet to read the other two because I loved this one so intensely. It demanded so much, was so colourful, so wise, so... well, edifying, that I feel as though I have to do something amazingly heroic to earn the privilege of reading his others. It's anal, I know. I apply the same cracked logic to the books of my other all-time favourite author, Thomas Mann. Godwin – like Mann – writes literary caviar.

Dramatic storm clouds at the end of the rainy season in Hwange National Park

Trail of the unexpected: New dawn for Zimbabwe

On a return visit, Sue Watt finds a captivating country poised to welcome tourists again.

Robert Mugabe 'ready to stand down' as Zimbabwe president

The Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has said that the long-time President, Robert Mugabe, is ready to give up power if he loses the next election.

Yorkshire take Root in finals

Yorkshire booked their place in the Friends Life t20 finals day with a 29-run victory over Worcestershire at Headingley.

David Haye (left) and Dereck Chisora fight at Upton Park tonight

Boxing: 'Crazy' Chisora can produce a shock unless Haye hits the heights

Dereck Chisora understands that when he fights his former hero, David Haye, he will start as both the underdog and the bad guy in a fight that has gone from inconsequential at the start of this year to essential tonight.

Despite his age, Mr Mugabe says he will run for President again

Foreign Office: borders will remain closed to Mugabe

The Foreign Office reacted with horror last night to signals that the European Union wants to lift the travel ban on Robert Mugabe and his closest allies.

Despite his age, Mr Mugabe says he will run for President again

Foreign Office balks at EU move to let Mugabe back into Europe

British official dismisses plan to lift travel ban as 'awful' and vows dictator will not be coming to UK

Star FM: Zimbabwe gets its first commercial radio station

Zimbabwe's first licensed commercial radio station went live yesterday, ending a 32-year monopoly by the state-controlled broadcaster and meeting some demands to free up the nation's airwaves ahead of proposed elections.

Lying low: Molly Ngaivambe was told to keep quiet

Asylum-seekers are told:'Go home and lie'

Ruling will decide if Britain is right to expect deportees to protect themselves by dissembling

The soaked outfield at Edgbaston meant the first two days were washed out

Rain delays buy England time to ponder Pietersen's replacement

There were compensations for the England selectors yesterday as play was called off for the second successive day in the Third Test. They might not be grateful for it now but the abandonment shortly after lunch gave them more time to ponder one of their greater conundrums of recent times.

Bangladesh appoint Richard Pybus as head coach

Bangladesh have appointed Richard Pybus as their new head coach on a two-year deal.

BBC presenter held by police in Zimbabwe

A BBC classical music presenter has been arrested and detained in Zimbabwe, a human rights group has said.

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Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
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The killer instinct

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