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Locals read newspapers in Mbare township outside Harare yesterday. Zimbabwe’s electoral commission announced on Saturday that Robert Mugabe had won 61 per cent of the vote in the disputed July 31st presidential election, compared with the 34 per cent secured by his main rival, Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Photograph:  Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Western and African nations appear at odds over the outcome of Zimbabwe’s presidential election, which saw Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe re-elected as (...)

Women walk home from the Jambanja market in Chitungwiza, south of Harare yesterday. Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has claimed a landslide victory in Zimbabwe’s general election that would secure another five years in power for Africa’s oldest head of state. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has won at least a two-thirds majority in parliament, according to a tally released last night by t(...)

The head of the Southern African Development Community electoral  mission, Bernard Membe, speaks during a new conference in Harare today. The group  described the elections as ’free and peaceful’. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said today it could take to the streets to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s victory in an election (...)

Zimbabweans wait to cast their vote in Mbare township outside Harare yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has vowed to serve a full five-year term in office if elected the country’s leader again by the electorate, which (...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi take part in an anti-army rally in Cairo last night. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters.

Egypt’s new rulers today said vigils by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi threatened national security, and signalled that they would end(...)

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace (R) arrive to address the final campaign rally of his ZANU-PF party in Harare. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters.

Zimbabwe’s prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to pack entrenched president Robert Mugabe off into retirement at a thunderous final campaign rally (...)

Dr Yvonne Crotty,  Jerome Morrissey,  Bessie Nyirenda,  Prof  Brian McCraith,  Hensen Seidisa,   Solange Mukanurenzi and    Dr Margaret Farren were at the ceremony.

Dublin City University held a graduation ceremony yesterday more than 7,000km from home, as the first participants in its “future African leaders” pro(...)

People react as Egyptian military aircraft fly over Tahrir Square in Cairo on  the day after President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Egyptian prosecutors escalated what appeared to be a widespread round-up of top Muslim Brotherhood members today, acting hours after the military depo(...)

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe told the Dáil “everyone’s views on the triple lock will be taken into consideration”. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

A possible ending of the “triple lock” mechanism before Irish Defence Forces participate in overseas missions may form part of a Green Paper on defenc(...)

Laurent Xavier Balla, an openly gay rights activist with the Association for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians  in Douala, Cameroon, after he was attacked for the fourth time over his sexual orientation. Photograph:  Reinnier Kaze/AFP/Getty Images

Homophobia is reaching dangerously high levels across Africa, with attacks on homosexuals increasingly more visible and discrimination against them on(...)

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