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Zimbabwe fire brigade on frontline after protests

Bulawayo's fire brigade should have 320 employees but is 70 people short because of budget cuts

New name, same flaws in eSwatini election, say critics

Opposition activists in the tiny southern African country formerly known as Swaziland say Friday's election is a mockery of democracy

Zimbabwe lawmakers begin historic debate on Mugabe impeachment

Legal experts say impeachment could take weeks and be subject to court appeals.

Impeachment motion looms against Mugabe

A military takeover last week was followed by huge street protests against the authoritarian leader and the ZANU-PF.

Afghanistan’s modern artists puzzle and provoke

Shocking and often bemusing to outsiders, the modern art produced by a small group of young Afghans would come as a surprise to most art connoisseurs.

India embraces the vuvuzela

The vuvuzelas that became the droning soundtrack to the Soccer World Cup in SA are to make a comeback at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Teams look to army of workers to rescue Games

After the threat of several nations boycotting the Games receded, many team officials seem determined to adopt an upbeat approach.

US marines push deeper in Afghan assault

United States Marines pushed deeper into Taliban strongholds on Friday.

India’s IPL fans miss exiled heroes

A new shopping mall on the outskirts of New Delhi is the closest that fans of the city's IPL cricket team get to attending a home game this year.

Sri Lanka topple All Stars at Hong Kong Sixes

An All Stars team containing some of the greatest names in world cricket was beaten in the final of the Hong Kong Sixes on Sunday by a team of little-known Sri Lankans. Over two days of carnival cricket, the All Stars -- featuring captain Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and Anil Kumble -- had produced explosive cricket.

World legends spark fireworks at Hong Kong Sixes

Cricketing greats Shane Warne, Brian Lara and Glenn McGrath on Saturday starred on the opening day of the Hong Kong Sixes -- one of the sport's most colourful tournaments. They led an All-Stars team competing in a weekend of quick-fire matches with innings of only five overs a side -- a format that demands non-stop boundaries from the batsmen.

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