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Thobekile Sibanda and her child Kai in Clondalkin Towers in west Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Asylum seekers at a direct provision centre in Dublin, due to close before Christmas, say they are “shocked”, “scared” and “really down” at the prospe(...)

 Sibusisiwe (Busie) Mhlophe at the marina  in Cork city centre near where she runs with her club Togher AC. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Each morning Sibusisiwe Mhlophe checks the notice board in the Kinsale Road direct provision centre where she’s living. She tries her best to hide her(...)

 Bruce Grobbelaar was cleared of match-fixing while at Southampton but a libel trial left him peniless. Photograph: Phil Cole/Allsport

Before we reach the match-fixing trials which ruined his reputation, or remember the 13 major trophies he won as Liverpool’s goalkeeper in 14 staggeri(...)

 A Rastafarian and supporter of the legislation of marijuana light a joint in Johannesburg, as they celebrate after the Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use and growing of marijuana in South Africa is legal. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s highest court has ruled that it is no longer illegal for adults to cultivate or use marijuana in private. The landmark ruling handed (...)

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said: “As a society, we need to look at what we can do to help resolve outstanding issues that are associated with direct provision services in Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of children kept in “wholly unsuitable” conditions at direct provision centres across the country has risen by more than a third over the p(...)

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe (94) in Harare:  “It was an election and his victory cannot be disputed,” he said of Emmerson Mnangagwa. File photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has said he accepts the results of the hotly contested general election, and urged his countrymen to move pa(...)

Jestina Mukoko: “We are talking about a citizenry that has been intimidated over years, these are people who are vulnerable.”  Photograph: Gary Walsh

For three weeks in 2008 Jestina Mukoko’s family believed she was dead. Her brother spent weeks desperately searching through the city morgues after Mu(...)

Emmerson Mnangagwa: the ruling Zanu-PF party’s presidential candidate will be officially sworn in as the country’s next leader in a ceremony on Sunday. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Zimbabwe’s highest court has upheld president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30th presidential election, saying the main opposition alliance(...)

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photograph:   REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Lawyers for Zimbabwe’s main opposition alliance have accused the ruling Zanu-PF party and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of “a massive cover-up” a(...)

Asylum-seeker Ibrahim Sorie Kabba has sent out numerous job applications since he received his new work permit last month. Fluent in English and French, he is hoping to find a job in customer service.

Ibrahim Sorie Kabba has sent out numerous job applications since he received his new work permit last month. Fluent in English and French, he is hopin(...)

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