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Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has repeatedly said this year’s general election will be held in a “free and fair” manner. Photograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

Zimbabwe’s new government has set aside its long-standing ban on western observers’ involvement in the country’s polls, inviting the European Union an(...)

A butcher’s shop in  Boston,  Lincolnshire, where 75 per cent of voters backed the UK decision to leave the European Union in  the 2016 referendum. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Boston’s market place was cold and wet, as a biting wind drove the rain in from the North Sea, down the Wash and along the Haven into this Lincolnshir(...)

Grace Mugabe: has been nicknamed “Gucci Grace”and her wealth has prompted questions as to its provenance and suspicions of her involvement  in illegal activities. Photograph:  Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s former first lady, Grace Mugabe, is under police investigation for her alleged role in a multimillion-dollar ivory-smuggling syndicate. Th(...)

The signs do not augur well for Steve Smith and in terms of Cricket Australia’s  ultimate response to the crisis.

Steve Smith looks set to be permanently stripped of the Australian captaincy and could face a ban of up to a year from representing the country follow(...)

 Robert Mugabe at his residence in Harare last week. Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, has spoken out in public after he resigned under pressure last November. Photograph: Aron Ufumeli/EPA

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe appears to have no intention of going quietly into retirement following his removal from power last November(...)

Tape marks vacant land in Olievenhoutbosch near Centurion in South Africa: whites own 72 per cent of land held by individuals, even though they make up only about 9 per cent of the population. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko

The thorny issue of land reform has risen to the top of South Africa’s national agenda ahead of next year’s general election, following parliament’s r(...)

England’s Sam Simmonds has emphasised the importance of the breakdown battle.  “It’s frustrating, but it can only be improved by us. We know we have to be better at it.”  Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/getty

Possession is nine-tenths of the law is an aphorism that translates to rugby with an appreciable resonance. Ireland will chase a third Grand Slam in (...)

Dublin Airport: Twenty eight thousand people were refused entry to Ireland between 2008 and 2016, according to the Irish Immigrant Support Centre’s  report. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

People refused immigration entry to Ireland who are then held in prisons are being denied basic rights including legal aid, medical treatment and inte(...)

Ireland Under-20s’s Angus Curtis during his side’s victory over Italy. He says his side are still looking for a complete 80-minute performance. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 international Angus Curtis comes from excellent rugby stock, his grandfather Arthur Bryan won three senior caps as a flanker in 1950,(...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa: has repeatedly stated he wants to build a new Zimbabwe but  much of the oppressive legislation introduced by Mugabe remains. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty

With only months to go to a general election in Zimbabwe that citizens hope will mark the beginning of a new democratic era, social justice activists (...)

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