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Outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma dances on stage during the ANC National Conference held in Johannesburg earlier this month. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s highest court has ordered parliament to consider the impeachment of Jacob Zuma, adding to pressure on the president following Cyril Ram(...)

Men and children gather in Shagarab refugee camp in eastern Sudan. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Nurah suspected her 13-year-old son was dead when the smuggler who claimed to be holding him hostage refused to put him on the phone. That was three y(...)

Zimbabwe’s then president, Robert Mugabe, and his wife, Grace. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/File/AP Photo

It was not until the military openly supported nationwide anti-Mugabe street protests that Zimbabweans began to really believe their president’s final(...)

South African bowler Morne Morkel ( celebrates with team-mates after the dismissal of Zimbabwean batsman Ryan Burl  during the second day of the Test cricket match between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Photograph: Getty Images

South Africa thrashed Zimbabwe by an innings and 120 runs inside two days of the inaugural four-day Test in Port Elizabeth. The hosts had set a firs(...)

Brenna Cahill: ‘The thermometer just hit 34 degrees Celsius (it’s 11am). I have never experienced a December like this.’

This week, Irish Times Abroad readers have been telling us how they will be spending Christmas Day, from Puglia in Italy to Bali in Indonesia. Joy Fl(...)

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and newly elected president of the African National Congress  (ANC), at the party’s 54th  national conference  in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The African National Congress has clipped the wings of its outgoing president, Jacob Zuma, who remains South Africa’s leader, by adopting a resolution(...)

Jamie Crosbie (17) and Katie Crosbie (6), from Tallaght, run to welcome their sister Ciara, arriving home for Christmas, from Sydney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nicola and Jamie Crosbie’s hands are tightly clasped as they stare intently at the automatic doors in the arrivals area in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1(...)

Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory in the African National Congress (ANC) leadership election provides a glimmer of hope that his sclerotic and scandal-plagued(...)

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and newly-elected president of the ANC, embraces opponent Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The African National Congress’s new leader must secure the balance of power in its top decision-making body, the national executive committee, to impl(...)

Newly elected African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa is congratulated by his rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the party conference in  Johannesburg. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa won the race to become the new leader of the African National Congress on Monday, after a bruising ele(...)

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