Jacob Zuma: legal case could lead to renewed corruption charges. Photograph:  John MacDougall/AFP/Getty

South Africa’s beleaguered president, Jacob Zuma, came under intense political and legal pressure on two fronts yesterday from the opposition Democrat(...)

President Michael D Higgins (second right) with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa (left), former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  and Salman Khurshid, former Indian minister for justice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s revolutionary period was cited as inspirational by retired politicians from three former British colonies during a discussion, After Empire,(...)

South Africa’s former president Kgalema Motlanthe in December 2005, when he was general secretary of the African National Congress. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has given a highly critical assessment of the ruling African National Congress party’s current crop o(...)

Gareth Thomas paved the way for other gay athletes to feel sufficiently emboldened to also come out. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rugby fever – and, with it, autumn – is about to sweep through the Old World and, with immaculate timing, Guinness have unveiled two riveting and b(...)

Poetic ties: former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki; Mbeki based a keynote speech almost entirely on WB Yeats’s poem The Second Coming. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

I can clearly recall the day when the unique literary standing of WB Yeats was brought home to me. It was in Kuala Lumpur in February 2003, and the 13(...)

Fifa vice-president Jack Warner is accused of diverting $750,000 of funds donated by Fifa towards Haiti earthquake victims. Photo: Diego Urdanetta/Getty Images

Jack Warner, the embattled former Fifa vice-president at the centre of corruption charges, faces a new slew of allegations as more details emerge of p(...)

Former South African president  Nelson Mandela: the  sequel is based on a little known manuscript Mandela wrote by hand but never completed, chronicling his time as the country’s first black president. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest(...)

Attendees listen to a speech during the state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in the Soweto township. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

It did not turn out quite as planned.The state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela would fill this giant 96,000-seat fo(...)

South African president Jacob Zuma before making a speech in Soweto. The country’s first citizen was booed and heckled repeatedly by some sections of the crowd throughout the Mandela memorial service. Photograph: Reuters

The hostile reception South African president Jacob Zuma received as he made his way on to the stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will cause (...)

US President Barack Obama (left) greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg today. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Nelson Mandela urging the world to use the celebration of his life as a period of “self-reflection.” (...)