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Trump attacks Clinton as victories set stage for brutal election

Battle lines appear drawn for general election as Republican frontrunner says Democrat has nothing going for her except ‘the woman’s card’.

Trump marches toward nomination as Clinton sweeps south on Super Tuesday

Trump and Clinton win seven states and start to look toward general election even as Cruz and Sanders each claim victory in multiple states.

Man held at Guantánamo for 13 years a case of mistaken identity

Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri was low-level Islamist foot soldier, not an al-Qaeda courier and trainer as had been believed.

The African hands that reached out to help a British journalist

David Smith reflects on a Machiavellian Jacob Zuma, a warped Robert Mugabe, and the people of South Africa and the continent who won his admiration.

‘Silent killer’ ravages Madagascar’s children

Almost half of Madagascan children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, yet less than 0.5% of the national budget is spent on the problem.

Cartoon of Zuma’s penis: Limp humour or hardline free speech?

R is for Respect refers to controversy over The Spear, another painting depicting the president’s genitalia, which led to 2012 protests.

Never too old to learn the three Rs

Mohammud Modibbo, thought to be the oldest pupil in Nigeria, has died at the age of 94.

Can the Rainbow Nation ever shine through South Africa’s fog of racism?

Malwande Mhamhe, a promising black player, tells David Smith how prejudice forced him out of the game and lifts the lid on attitudes in SA rugby.

‘The world must see our golden rhino’

Considered the equivalent of Tutankhamun's mask, this symbol of precolonial civilisation could leave South Africa for the first time.

Oscar Pistorius release: ‘Reeva would have been 32 today’

Steenkamp's parents are remembering their daughter on what would have been her 32nd birthday, two days before the planned release of Oscar Pistorius.

Africa hits a high point in the fight against polio

The continent is two years away from being certified polio-free but violent insurgencies could hamper efforts to finally eradicate the virus.

Peacekeepers probed for rape, killing

Men sent to stabilise the Central African Republic are accused of sexual violation and civilian death.

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