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Zimbabwe election

ZIMBABWE police said three people were killed in Harare as soldiers dispersed stone-throwing opposition supporters who accused the ruling party of trying to rig Monday’s presidential election. The deployment of soldiers and their beating of unarmed protesters set back President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s efforts to shed Zimbabwe’s pariah status after decades …

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Unspoilt charms east of Istanbul

SOMETIMES to get the most for your tourist dollar you need to go the extra mile. However, that doesn’t mean foregoing familiar comforts – at least not in Turkey, one of the least explored but most rewarding destinations. As more people are discovering, there is a lot more to this …

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Cheetahs fast at making friends

AT Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park in northern Namibia, you get to meet the cats and give them a good scratch behind the ears. Usually, this goes off without a hitch, but six-year-old Zeeu has snagged a tooth on my tatty T-shirt and now we’re both wondering how to extricate ourselves. She …

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Duck in for Rabatseason

WHEREVER you go in Rabat the scent of mandarin blossom hangs in the air, especially in the Andalusian Gardens near the kasbah. In this enchanting area, laid out by the French, the trees are laden with fruit. The old quarter of Rabat may be less picturesque than the one in …

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Flying high in Dubai

SHAYNE Mahon, above, turned her world upside-down when she swapped her Coorparoo postcode in Brisbane for one in Dubai. Like most young people, the QUT administration officer was looking for adventure and a way to travel. Although she had never flown on Emirates, the former Lourdes Hill student had heard …

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Baksheesh, miss?

CROSSING Cairo’s busy main roads gives new meaning to the term "walk like an Egyptian". It is less a belly dance than a dance with death. People take no notice of traffic lights. Getting from our hotel overlooking the Nile to Cairo’s Talaat Harb Square involved taking our lives into …

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Open doors to a desert land

JUST as the windmill has become synonymous with Holland, and the whitewashed house with Greece, it is the door that has become the iconic symbol of Tunisia. Images of doors adorn the covers of almost every guidebook and travel brochure about Tunisia. It’s an evocative, attractive symbol but, of course, …

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Date for tea in coffee country

TEA and cakes. Scones and cucumber sandwiches. Such dainty, civilised nourishment to enjoy late in the afternoon. Plenty of hotels world-wide offer afternoon tea, but I’m about to indulge in one of the world’s finest, and tallest, eateries, the 321m Burj al-Arab in Dubai. Though the Burj claims only a …

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Cape of content

WANT to enjoy one of the world’s best drives? Pick up a rental car at Cape Town airport and head east. More precisely, take a meandering route around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, following the brown signs marked with wine barrels that indicate the wineries along the way. There may be other …

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