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The England team will receive the top bonus if they can remain the No 1 ranked Test team

ICC increase prize money in bid to save Test cricket

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Apartheid land reforms in chaos as blacks sell farms back to whites

The South African government has conceded that 30 per cent of land it has bought since the end of apartheid for redistribution to black farmers has been resold by the beneficiaries, often to the original owners.

Zimbabwe increases pressure on miner

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Briefly: General Solomon Mujuru

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House fire kills former aide to Mugabe

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