Zimbabwe's recent by-election results show next next year's crucial presidential poll could go either way. By Christopher Clark in Cape Town.

Members of new opposition grouping are beaten and killed, sparking concerns for next year's pivotal presidential poll. By Tomas Queface in Maputo.

While West Africa is once again riven by coups, the south of the continent is buoyed by the peaceful transfer of power in Zambia. By Christopher Clark in Cape Town.