Chris Otton
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/ 12 April 2008

Doing nothing in Zim ‘not an option’

An emergency summit of Southern African leaders on Zimbabwe’s post-election crisis opened on Saturday with a plea from its chairperson not to turn a blind eye, but President Robert Mugabe stayed away. Zambia’s Levy Mwanawasa told Southern African Development Community leaders that doing nothing was not an option.

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/ 10 February 2008

Bid to sack Arthur as selector blocked

The turmoil at the top of South African cricket deepened on Sunday when the board’s chief executive overruled a move to sack coach Mickey Arthur as a selector in a row over racial quotas. Arthur was removed from the selection panel on Saturday at a meeting of Cricket South Africa’s general council.

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/ 7 December 2007

Mugabe looms over EU-Africa summit

The leaders of Africa and the Europe Union (EU) gathered in Lisbon on Friday for a summit designed to forge a new era in ties, but which is in danger of being overshadowed by the presence of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. The two-day summit in the Portuguese capital is set to be dominated by issues such as trade, immigration, the environment and human rights.

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/ 6 December 2007

Canny Mugabe still a hero for many Africans

Robert Mugabe, a largely unwelcome guest of the European Union at a summit this weekend, is a hero in the eyes of many Africans for daring to stand up to the West and seize land from white farmers. Many in Europe have been left scratching their heads over how Zimbabwe’s president since independence still commands respect.

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/ 22 October 2007

Race debate awaits World Cup heroes

They may be the world champions, but the Springboks have few illusions that their new status will stave off a new push by the government to overhaul the team’s racial composition. Meanwhile, Springbok wing Bryan Habana was on Sunday named the International Rugby Board player of the year.

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/ 18 September 2007

Sri Lanka dump Bangladesh out of T20

Bangladesh were dumped out of the Twenty20 World Championship on Tuesday after slumping to a 64-run defeat to Sri Lanka, whose miserly attack quashed early fears of an upset. Veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas, who took 2-14 off his four overs, and Dilhara Fernando were the stars for Sri Lanka.