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Zim Editor To Spend Night In Remand Prison

HARARE, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 – The editor of The Standard newspaper who handed over himself to the police on Tuesday morning has been detained after he was formally charged of communicating falsehoods. ... Full story

Bennett Demands Justice

Harare, 30 November - Tormented Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) treasurer-general Roy Bennett has petitioned the Supreme Court demanding to be furnished with the outcome of an appeal filed by Attorney General (AG) Johannes Tomana challenging the acquittal of the former Chimanimani legislator. ... Full story

US Regrets Release Of Wikileaks

Harare, November 30, 2010 - The United States ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray on Tuesday condemned Wiki-leaks disclosure of diplomatic communication by a former US ambassador to the country which castigated Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as an 'indecisive' leader with questionable judgments while President Robert Mugabe was described as a 'bully." ... Full story

Zim Editor Hands Himself To Police

HARARE, November 30 – THE Standard newspaper editor, Nevanji Madanhire, on Tuesday morning handed himself over to the police after it emerged state security agents were looking for him. ... Full story

Chihuri Must Go - MDC

HARARE, 29 November – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called on controversial police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri to resign for openly saying that the regime will not give in even if Zanu PF loses elections next year. ... Full story

Zimbabwe To Launch One Stop Investment Centre In December

Harare, November 29, 2010 - Zimbabwe will next month launch a one stop investment centre in a bid to attract much needed foreign investment, the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) has said. ... Full story

Kunonga-Anglican Priest Conducts Sermon For Four People

Harare, 29 November - An Anglican Church priest based at St Luke’s Anglican Church parish in Greendale Harare was on Sunday forced to deliver a sermon to just four people, as members of the church continue to desert the Nolbert Kunonga aligned faction. ... Full story

Zuma Wants Sadc To monitor Zim Election

HARARE , 29 November – South African President and facilitator to Zimbabwe’s political crisis, President Jacob Zuma wants the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to play a key role in the running of next year’s elections arguing that he does not want a repeat of the 2008 bloody and chaotic scenario. ... Full story

Detained Zim Journo Goes To Supreme Court

BULAWAYO, November 29,2010—The Standard senior reporter Nqobani Ndlovu who was released on Friday after spending 10 days in Khami Maximum remand prison made an application in the Magistrate Court seeking that the matter be referred to the Supreme Court . ... Full story

MDC Asks God To Intervene In Zimbabwe Crisis

Harare, November 29,2010 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Monday said it has developed a prayer to seek divine intervention for the problems that are bedevilling the country to end, the party said in a statement. ... Full story

Brazilian Troops Sieze Drug Trafficker Stronghold

RIO DE JANEIRO, November 28,2010- Brazilian security forces on Sunday took control of a major Rio de Janeiro drug trafficker stronghold. ... Full story

Algeria Prosecutes Christians

ALGIERS, November 28-Algeria will put on trial four converts to Christianity from Sunday for "illegally opening a place of worship", one of their lawyers told AFP. ... Full story

South Africa Tops List Of Tourist Arrivals In Zim

HARARE, November 28,2010- South Africa topped the list of tourist arrivals in Zimbabwe this year as the country gears up to restore its economy through tourism. ... Full story

No Toilets For Murambatsvina Victims

MASVINGO,November 28, 2010 – Hundreds of families who were displaced by the government,s controversial clean up operation code named ‘Operation Murambatsvina’more than five years ago are living in fear of Cholera and related diseases outbreak as the local authority has come out clear that they will not construct toilets for them. ... Full story

Artist Maseko Wins Award For His Gukurahundi Exhibition

HARARE, NOVEMBER 28, 2010 - Bulawayo based visual artist Owen Maseko who grabbed headlines early this year for his controversial exhibition of post independence massacres of thousands of ZAPU supporters by Zimbabwe government,s infamous Gukurahundi troops was on Saturday named one of this year’s winners of the international Freedom to Create Prize. ... Full story

Zuma Breaks Impasse In Zim,s Fragile Govt

HARARE, November 27, 2010- Mediator to the Zimbabwe crisis President Jacob Zuma of South Africa says his meeting with the principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) on Friday was very fruitful and succeeded in breaking the impasse between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

South Korean Soldiers Protest Amid Growing Tensions With North

SEOL, November 27,2010 -- Members of the South Korean military protested on the streets of the nation's capital Saturday, stating they were angry that their country's government had not done enough to respond to recent shelling by North Korea. ... Full story

Honeymoon Husband A Suspect: Paper

CAPE TOWN, November 27, 2010- British tourist Shrien Dewani is apparently a suspect in the police investigation into the murder of his Swedish wife, Anni Dewani, the Mail and Guardian reported on Friday. ... Full story

Coaches Rush To Obtain Higher Qualifications

HARARE, November 27, 2010- There has been a dramatic rise in the number of coaches seeking higher coaching qualifications following the introduction of new tougher rules, the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association has revealed. ... Full story

I Won't Leave Zanu (PF)’ Vows Chiyangwa

HARARE, November 27, 2010 - Business mogul Phillip Chiyangwa says he will never leave Zanu (PF) despite the fact that he was once tortured and terrorised by the former ruling party goons. ... Full story

More MDC Officials Arrested In Matland

The persecution and intimidation of MDC supporters and officials is continuing unabated in Matabeleland North province.On Thursday 30 members of the Prime Minister,s party including Matebeleland North provincial chairperson, Sengezo Tshabangu were arrested in Nkayi Central on charges of holding an illegal meeting. ... Full story

Zim Journos Petition Zuma

Harare, November 26, 2010 - Zimbabwe journalists on Friday petitioned Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator Jacob Zuma and the Zimbabwe government demanding an urgent halt to the continued arrest and intimidation of journalists as well as the opening of the airwaves. ... Full story

Man Jailed For Insulting Mugabe Gets Relief

Chipinge, November 26, 2010 - Magistrate Samuel Zuze reversed his sentence on a Chipinge resident Gift Mafuka who was due to serve 12 months in jail for insulting or undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Bennett Demands Judge's Farm Inventory In Defamation Case

Harare, November 26, 2010 - Tormented Movement for Democratic Change Treasurer Roy Bennett has challenged High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu to disclose the number of farms which were allocated to the Judge in a test case to the chaotic land reform exercise. ... Full story

Zim Budgets For 2011 Election

Harare, November 26, 2010 - Zimbabwe has budgeted for elections next year, but that is if the unity government decides on holding the polls, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Thursday. ... Full story

Mugabe Party Says New Polls For Zimbabwe In Mid-2011

HARARE , November 25, 2010 -– Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party said Thursday new polls will be held around June next year to succeed the shaky power-sharing government even if the constitution-making process was not done. ... Full story

Minister's Utterances Treasonous - Crisis

Harare, November 25, 2010 - Zimbabwe’s influential civil society organisation, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CIZC) has described as treasonous a utterances by the minister of defence, Emmerson Mnangagwa over the weekend that Zanu (PF) will continue to rule even if they lose elections. ... Full story

Zim Media Commissioner Fears Violence Will Mar Elections

Harare, November 25, 2010 - A Zimbabwe Media Commissioner Matthew Takaona has expressed concern at the prospects of a violent election next year. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Seeks To Annul Mugabe's Appointees

Harare, November 25, 2010 -Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has approached the High Court seeking the annulment of the appointments of provincial governors made by President Robert Mugabe without his consent. ... Full story

MDC Suspends Top Official over Sex Scandal

Harare - The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has suspended its top employee in a swift response to a sexual scandal that rocked the party in recent days. The party’s spokesperson, Nelson Chamisa, announced the decision to suspend Toendepi Shonhe, the party’s Director General who was last week video filmed at a Bulawayo lodge while in the company of his subordinate Sandra Mutsimba. ... Full story

UK Expresses Reservations On Zimbabwe Election Timing

Harare, November 24, 2010 - The political climate in Zimbabwe is not yet conducive to a free and fair general election, which President Robert Mugabe is aiming for by-mid 2011, Britain's top envoy in Harare said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Broke Civil Servants Scramble For Cash

Harare, November 24, 2010 - Zimbabwe's cash-strapped bloated civil service on Tuesday scrambled for hard earned cash after they were given their promised 13th cheque, Radio VOP can reveal. ... Full story

Killing Runs In The Family

Johannesburg, November 24, 2010 - The son of a man currently serving jail time for shooting dead a Zimbabwean, is now also facing a charge of murdering a Zimbabwean in a different incident. ... Full story

Former Fugitive Banker Ready To Invest In Zimbabwe

Harare, November 24, 2010 - One of the business tycoons forced into exile by the Zanu (PF) regime in 2004, Professor Mthuli Ncube says he is now ready to re-invest in the country. ... Full story

Dynamos-the Pakistan of Zimbabwean football ..where fighting is the daily life

Atlas, the mythical Greek god who supposedly held the pillars of the universe would have smiled in admiration in the manner in which Dynamos have dominated Zimbabwean football. ... Full story

Two Koreas Exchange Fire Across Maritime Border

Seoul, November 23, 2010 - North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest bombardments on the South since the Korean War ended in 1953. ... Full story

Nigerian ex-VP to Challenge Jonathan At Primaries

Abuja, November 23, 2010 - A group of influential northern politicians in Nigeria's ruling party said on Monday they had agreed on a consensus candidate to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan in the party's primaries ahead of elections next April. ... Full story

War veterans disrupt youth meeting

Gwanda, November 23, 2010 - In what has been described by young people as an infringement on their basic right to free assembly and association, war veterans from the Bruce Clarck ranch in Ntanye stormed into a youth meeting which they alleged was politically motivated to further the interests of the ‘opposition’. ... Full story

Praise Singing For Mugabe Gets Louder

Mutare, November 23, 2010 - Senior Zanu (PF) officials continue to sing praises for President Robert Mugabe as calls for the 86-year old leader to rule until he drops dead are reaching a crescendo. ... Full story

Zim Constitution Process Illegitimate - Tsvangirai

Harare, November 23, 2010 - Zimbabwe's constitution process while a step in the right direction is far from being legitimate because it was characterised by intimidation and violence, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said. ... Full story

Zim Diplomat Recalled For Stripping

Harare, November 23, 2010 - A controversial Zimbabwean Ambassador to Australia, Jacqueline Zwambila, has been summoned back to Harare to respond to allegations that she stripped up to her underwear in front of her male embassy officials in Canberra. ... Full story

Chinese Company Snaps Up Prime Properties

Harare, November 23, 2010 - A Chinese company, has snapped up prime properties in some of Harare’s affluent locations in deals worth millions of dollars, Radio VOP has established. ... Full story

Church Tests The Water On Condoms

November 22, 2010 - The Pope's example was exceptionally specific: a male prostitute may use a condom where he knows he is HIV-positive and that his way of life is wrong. ... Full story

SA Court Says Zim Govt Property Can Be Auctioned

Harare, November 22, 2010 - The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday ruled that the Zimbabwe government-owned property situated at 28 Salisbury Road in Kenilworth, Cape Town, is of a commercial nature and may therefore be attached and auctioned to satisfy part of the Zimbabwe government’s debts. ... Full story

MDC Supporters Flee As Houses Are Burnt

Harare, November 22, 2010 - At least 43 families believed to be Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters have fled their homes and are living in the mountains after marauding Zanu (PF) youths burnt their houses and assaulted them near Mhangura. ... Full story

Police Block Zim Journalist Bail

Bulawayo, November 22 2010, Bulawayo magistrate Sibongile Msipa on Monday granted Standard reporter Ngobani Ndlovu bail but the state immediately invoked section 121 sub section (1) (a) of the notorious Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act which allows the state to further detain Ndlovu for seven more days. ... Full story

MDC MP Attacked

Masvingo - November 22, 2010 - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Member of Parliament for Masvingo Central constituency Jeffreyson Chitando was on Friday attacked by unknown assailants in Gukunikuni area – about 50 kilometers south of Masvingo city. ... Full story

Widow Of National Hero Faces Arrest

Bulawayo, November, 22, 2010 - The widow of the late national hero Jairos Jiri faces arrest as police are hunting for her for contempt of court. ... Full story

Apology

On Saturday we reported that former Daily News Editor Geoff Nyarota clashed with the deputy Reserve Bank Governor, Charles Kuwaza over a story which was published in The Sunday Times newspaper recently alleging that Kuwaza's boss Gideon Gono was involved in an affair with First Lady Grace Mugabe. ... Full story

Madhuku Urges Villagers To Reject Elections

MASVINGO, November 21, 2010 – National Constitution Assembly (NCA) national chairperson Dr Lovemore Madhuku has embarked on a crusade of rallies in various districts that include Zaka, Bikita and Gutu urging villagers not to accept early election call unless ‘a lot of issues have been addressed by the principals’ in the inclusive government. ... Full story

Zuma Expected To Come Hard On Mugabe

HARARE – South African president Jacob Zuma is expected to come down hard on President Robert Mugabe to force him to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) as pressure mounts on the 86-year-old Zimbabwean hardman. ... Full story

Journalists Federation Demands Release Of Nqobani Ndlovu

BULAWAYO, November 21, 2010-The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ )has demanded the immediate release of journalist Nqobani Ndlovu from the weekly Standard newspaper. ... Full story

Bomb Scare: Namibian Officer Arrested

WINDHOEK, November 20, 2010- Namibian police intercepted a suspicious object with a detonator and a running clock in luggage on an Air Berlin plane from Windhoek to Munich. Germany stepped up security measures after saying it had received intelligence pointing to a planned attack in the country towards the end of this month. ... Full story

Guinea Striker Insists She Is Female

BERLIN, November 20, 2010- Germany based Equatorial Guinea striker insisted on Saturday that she is female as accusations fly that her national side fielded male players during the recent African Women's Championship final. ... Full story

Sadc Troika Fails To Hold Meeting On Zim Crisis

GABORONE, November 20, 2010- Zimbabwean opposition leaders have expressed regret at the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) failure to hold an extra-ordinary summit to discuss current tensions within the Zimbabwean unity government. ... Full story

NATO Sets Timetable For Afghan Withdrawal

LISBON, November 20, 2010- Nato nations have approved a plan to start pulling their troops out of front-line combat in Afghanistan early in 2011, diplomats at a summit in Lisbon on Saturday confirmed. ... Full story

Madagascar Orders Civillians Away From Mutineers Camp

ANTANANARIVO, November 20, 2010 - Soldiers clashed briefly with hundreds of civilians outside a base in Madagascar where dissident military officers have been holed up for three days after attempting a coup. ... Full story

Engage Financial Sector For Media Development: Paradza

YAOUNDE, November 20, 2010- Journalists and media organisations in Zimbabwe have been urged to engage banks and other financial institutions in order to attract huge local investment in their sector. ... Full story

Zim Journalist To Spend Weekend In Prison

Bulawayo, November 19,2010 - Nqobani Ndlovu, the senior reporter with Zimbabwe's Standard Newspaper, arrested on Wednesday will spend the weekend in prison after a Magistrate said she can only make a ruling on his bail application on Monday. ... Full story

Artist to go on solo demonstration against corruption

HARARE - A Zimbabwean artist with interests in promoting human rights, democracy and good governance will next Wednesday hold a one man demonstration at the Parliament of Zimbabwe to demand that all public office holders declare their assets as a way of abating corruption. ... Full story

Poor Policies Or Sanctions - What's hurting Zim's Economy?

Harare – It is highly unlikely that a day passes without Zimbabwean politicians mentioning the word sanctions in their conversations and public engagements. ... Full story

Stop Harassing Journalists - Ncube

Yaoundé, November 18, 2010. The police should not intimidate and harass journalists who report objectively about the conduct of law enforcement agents, a Zimbabwean Newspaper Publisher, Trevor Ncube has said. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Petitions Chiefs While Soldiers Beat Villagers

Harare/Mwenezi, November 18, 2010 - Movement for Democratic Change leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai summoned chiefs to his office over their alleged declaration of Robert Mugabe as life president of Zimbabwe amid reports that several villagers in Mwenezi were on Thursday rushed to hospital after being beaten by soldiers for attending an MDC rally. ... Full story

Zim Deputy Prime Minister Sues Paper

Harare, November 17, 2010 – Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe is suing an independent Sunday newspaper for a whopping US$ 500 000 over a story which claimed she was heavily pregnant from a Harare businessman. ... Full story

Zim Police Arrest Another Journalist

Bulawayo, November 17, 2010 - Police here on Wednesday morning arrested and detained The Standard newspaper Senior reporter Nqobani Ndlovu over a story on police promotional examinations published in that newspaper on Sunday. ... Full story

Mapeza Gets Coaching Qualification

Former Warriors captain Norman Mapeza who was twice denied the post of national team coach because he did not have the required qualifications can now afford to smile after the Confederation of African Football (Caf) issued him with a coaching certificate. ... Full story

Mawere Warns Investors To Zimbabwe

Harare, November 17, 2010 - Zimbabwean born and South African based businessman, Mutumwa Mawere has warned investors to Zimbabwe that as long as there is no rule of law they may wake up and have no business to run like what happened to him. ... Full story

Political Interference In Zim Weather Forecast

Harare, November 17, 2010 - A senior government environmentalist and meteorologist has admitted that there is heavy political interference and censorship of the weather forecasts in Zimbabwe before it is issued out to the public. ... Full story

SADC Troika On Zim To Be Held On Friday

Harare, November 17, 2010 - Zimbabwe’s unity government comes on the spotlight this Friday when the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Troika meets to assess the country’s political problems. ... Full story

MDC Hit At Zim Vice President

HARARE: Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says Vice-president John Nkomo is a misguided element who is out to inflame political tension in the country by making reckless statements. ... Full story

Zim Journo Arrested Over War Veterans Story

HARARE, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 - Police in Bulawayo have arrested the bureau chief of the Alpha Media group – the publishers of the Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard and NewsDay Dumisani Sibanda over a story that alleged that war veterans were being recalled to direct operations ahead of elections. ... Full story

Prince William To Marry In 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged and will marry next year, Clarence House announced on Tuesday. ... Full story

Call For Zim Elections Was 'Nervous Excitement'

Harare, November 16, 2010 - Member of Parliament and Co-Chairman of the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (Copac), Douglas Mwonzora, said President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai call for elections next year could have just been a case of "nervous excitement". ... Full story

Zim's inflation down

Harare, November 16, 2010 - Annual inflation in Zimbabwe stood at 3.6 percent for the month of October from that of 4.2 percent during the same month last year, the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (Zimstats) announced on Tuesday. ... Full story

Chisanno Refuses To Be Drawn Into Zanu (PF) Propaganda

Gweru, November 16, 2010 - Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano refused to be used a cannon fodder in the Zanu PF sanctions propaganda at the weekend. ... Full story

US Urges Egypt To Allow Foreign Election Observers

Washington, November 16, 2010 - The United States on Monday said Egypt should allow peaceful political gatherings, open media coverage and international observers in the run up to its November 28 parliamentary election. ... Full story

Japan Vending Machine Recommends Drinks To Buyers

Tokyo, November 16, 2010 - For you sir, a canned coffee. And for madam, perhaps a nice cold tea. ... Full story

Chombo Heading For A Showdown With Bulawayo City

Bulawayo, November 16, 2010 - The controversial Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo intends to appoint special councillors for Bulawayo city, in a move which is expected to be resisted by the city councillors. ... Full story

Zim Children Most Affected By Political Instability - Graca

Harare, November 16, 2010 - The wife of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, Mrs Graca Machel, said Zimbabwe's children had been most affected by the country's political and economic instability. ... Full story

Mutambara MDC Suffers More Defections

Bulawayo, November 16, 2010 - Two popular Bulawayo councilors belonging to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Arthur Mutambara faction have defected to the mainstream MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

Short Sightedness Hurting Zim Economy

Harare, November 16, 2010 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday the investment climate in Zimbabwe was marred by a ‘lot of impediments’ and ‘retrogressive, short-sighted economic policies’ which were detrimental to development of the country. ... Full story

Beheading Operation Launched To Terrify Zim Villagers

Mount Darwin, November 11, 2010 - Zanu (PF) has launched operation 'headless chicken' which will see people being beheaded if they sympathise with the Movement for Democratic Change in the elections planned for next year. ... Full story

Zim Soccer Needs Divine Intervention - Phiri

Harare, November 11, 2010 - Premier Soccer League (PSL) Chairman, Twine Phiri, has asked God to intervene in Zimbabwe soccer and make it more "gentlemanly". ... Full story

Attorney General Orders Release Of Zim Diamond Executives

Harare, November 11, 2010 – Five diamond mining bosses, whose release from custody Wednesday was blocked by a controversial appeal by the state, were finally released in the evening after Attorney General Johannes Tomana ordered his juniors to abandon their stance. ... Full story

MDC Protests Against Governors, Turns Parly Into Choir Room

Harare, November 11, 2010 - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Senators on Wednesday sang and danced in Parliament to protest against the presence of provincial governors in Senate chambers. ... Full story

Zim New Coach Denied Work Permit

Harare, November 11, 2010 - Zimbabwe's Immigration Department has turned down the work permit application of Tom Seintief who had been appointed national coach by the soccer's mother body, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa). ... Full story

One Diamond Executive Released, Five Others Denied Bail

Harare, November 11, 2010 - Zimbabwe High court ordered the release from custody of Canadile diamond mine chief executive officer, Lovemore Kurotwi who was arrested for fraud after the police failed to bring him to court within the required 96 hours. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Property Face Seizure Over Non Payment of Workers

Harare - Zimbabwe’s ailing national carrier, Air Zimbabwe, which recently failed to pay its pilots was on Wednesday battling to save its assets from attachment by court sherriffs acting on behalf of workers who are owed millions of dollars. ... Full story

Zim Peace Project Exposes Violence In Masvingo

Masvingo - November 10, 2010 - The Zimbabwe Peace Project on Wednesday said two traditional leaders from Masvingo were reportedly forcing villagers to pay two goats per family or US$70 fine for refusing to support Zanu (PF) imposed village heads. ... Full story

Zimbabwe In Race To Host Africa Ladies Golf Challenge

Harare, November 10, 2010 - Zimbabwe have joined the race to host Africa's biggest ladies golf competition, the 2012 All Africa Ladies Golf Challenge, marking the second time the country is bidding to welcome Africa's top lady golfers. ... Full story

Tensions Mount As Guinea Poll Results Trickle In

Conakry, November 0, 2010 - Guinea's former premier Cellou Dallein Diallo held a slight lead over his rival Alpha Conde after Sunday's presidential run-off, partial preliminary results showed on Tuesday. ... Full story

Florida Mum Sold Baby To Buy Car, Police Charge

Miami, November 10, 2010 - A Florida woman was charged with trying to sell her infant son in order to pay for a new car, police said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Sells Zisco To India's Essar

Harare/Mumbai, November 10, 2010 - Zimbabwe said on Tuesday it has chosen a unit of India's Essar Group to take majority control of troubled state-owned steel maker ZISCO in a deal that one source said was worth up to US$500 million. ... Full story

Gukurahundi Activist Dies From Suspected Torture

Bulawayo, November 10,2010 - Qhubekani Dube (35), chairman of Ibetshu Likazulu a Bulawayo based pressure group which fights for the compensation of Gukurahundi victims has died. ... Full story

Zim's Mining CEO's Labelled Stooges

Harare, November 9, 2010 - A former Mines Minister Edward Chindori-Chininga.has labelled Zimbabwe's Mining Chief Execuitive Officers (CEOs) "stooges being remote-controlled by their colonial masters". ... Full story

Zim Civil Servants To Receive Bonuses

Harare November 9, 2010 - Zimbabwe's bloated Civil Service will this Christmas receive golden handshakes in the form of bonuses, the Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, has revealed. ... Full story

Diamond Executives In Court

Harare,November 09,2010 - Harare provincial magistrate, Mishrod Guvamombe on Monday remanded in custody to to Tuesday six diamond executives accused of obtaining a licence fraudulently to mine diamonds from the vast Marange diamond fields. ... Full story

Zim Journos Summoned To Court

Harare, November 09, 2010 - Zimbabwean police have summoned journalists at the Zimbabwe Independent over a story exposing Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri’s opposition to electoral reforms. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Wins Democracy Award

Harare, November 8, 2010 – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has won the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) Democracy Medal. ... Full story

Zim Has Gone Through 268 Million Condoms

Harare, November 08, 2010 - Zimbabwe has used 268.5 million male condoms and 10 million female condoms for the past five years which have assisted the country to reduce HIV prevalence rate, Population Services International (PSI) has said. ... Full story

Guineans Await Results From Presidential Run-Off

Conakry, November 08, 2010 - Guinean election officials counted ballots on Monday after the West African country held a peaceful presidential run-off election aimed at returning it to civilian rule. ... Full story

Giant Jesus Statue Rises Above Polish Countryside

Swiebodzin, Poland, November 08, 2010 - A statue of Jesus Christ that its builders say will be the largest in the world is fast rising from a Polish cabbage field and local officials hope it will become a beacon for tourists. ... Full story

Police Hunting Down MDC-T Bikita Executive

Bikita, November 08, 2010 - Police are hunting down the executive of the Movement for Democratic Change from the Morgan Tsvangirai faction here and two legislators who defied police orders not to go ahead with a roadshow at several places in Bikita on Sunday. ... Full story

ZABG To Shut Down

Harare, November 8, 2010 - The hastily arranged Zimbabwe Allied Banking Group (ZABG) is winding down, a situation that is likely to cause confusion among account holders. ... Full story

Norman Mapeza Quits As Caretaker Coach

Harare, November 8, 2010 - Norman Mapeza who has been Zimbabwe's Warriors caretaker coach has quit the Warriors saying he is fed up with the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA). ... Full story

Soldiers Declare Mugabe Life President As Panic Sets In Masvingo

Masvingo, November 08, 2010- Residents here spent Sunday locked indoors in panic when over 500 armed soldiers marched through the streets of townships demanding that Mugabe rule "forever and ever". ... Full story

No More Joy In Unity Govt - Nkomo

Bulawayo, November 08, 2010 - Zimbabwe's Vice President John Nkomo said there was no more joy in the country's unity government as the parties that signed the Global Political Agreement (GPA) had failed to work together. ... Full story

Studio 263 Actor Dies In South Africa

Harare, November 08 2010 - One of Zimbabwe's greatest actors, 263's Nevernay Chinyanga, popularly known as Muvengwa has died on Friday in South Africa. ... Full story

Farmers Tortured For Not Attending Zanu (PF) Rally

MASVINGO, November 7, 2010- At least 15 resettled farmers from Cooden Farm about 20 kilometers west of Masvingo town were severely tortured by Zanu (PF) youths on Saturday evening for failure to attend a rally held in Mangwandi area under Chief Zimuto. ... Full story

South African Farmers Refusing To Help Zimbabwean Workers Get Permits: MDC Official

CAPE TOWN, November 7, 2010- Zimbabweans working on farms in South Africa,s Western Cape province are living under difficult conditions and their employers are refusing to help them with confirmation letters which they can take to the Department of Home Affairs for special permits. ... Full story

Obama Calls India A Job Creating Giant For US

NEW DELHI, November 7, 2010- America,s first couple showed a softer side of President Obama's agenda Sunday in India chatting with high school students in New Delhi and celebrating a major religious festival. ... Full story

Kenya Cop Kills 10 People In Rampage

NAIROBI, November 7, 2010 - A police officer in a central Kenyan town went on a shooting rampage killing 10 people in three different bars, officials and a local journalist said on Sunday. ... Full story

I Will Testify To Save Mum From Deportation To Zimbabwe: X Factor,s Gamu Nhenga

LONDON, November 7, 2010- Zimbabwean born Gamu Nhenga who was controversially eliminated from Britain,s X Factor reality show has revealed that she will give evidence in her family's bid to stay in Scotland. She spoke of her "delight and relief" at winning the chance to challenge the decision to kick them out of the UK. ... Full story

Mining Company Bosses Banned Over Blood Diamonds Claim

HARARE, November 6, 2010- Zimbabwe's government says it is taking over a joint mining venture after allegations its private partners are dealers of blood diamonds. ... Full story

New Bill To Empower Minister

The government is expected to draft a bill that will empower State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo to enforce policy changes aimed at resuscitating the country’s loss making parastatals. ... Full story

Hosts Banyana Tipped To Reach Semi-Finals

Banyana Banyana despite their setback against Nigeria are within a victory or draw against Mali in the CAF African women's championship Group A match in Daveyton on Sunday of reaching the semi-finals. ... Full story

Ghana Now Middle-Income Nation

ACCRA, November 6, 2010 -Ghana has joined the world's middle-income nations after a re-evaluation put the size of the country's economy more than 60% larger just before it begins pumping oil, an official said on Friday. ... Full story

Obama Arrives In India Amid Controversy Over Pakistan

NEW DELHI, November 6, 2010 -President Barack Obama paid tribute on Saturday to victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but the first day of his visit to India ran into immediate controversy as he made no reference to Pakistan. ... Full story

Tanzania,s Kikwete Wins Second Term

ARUSHA, November 6, 2010 -Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete won a second term in office with 61% of the vote, election officials said on Friday. ... Full story

World Bank Calls For More Transparency From GNU

HARARE, November 6, 2010 – The Washington based World Bank has asked Zimbabwe,s fragile coalition government to be more accountable and transparent before it can release much needed balance of payments support for Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Cholera Fears As Masvingo Runs Dry

Masvingo, November 05, 2010 - The country’s first urban settlement, Masvingo, located 300 kilometers south east of the capital, Harare, has gone without water for four days, raising fears of a resurgent Cholera outbreak. ... Full story

ZCTU Comes To The Aid Of The Workers

Bulawayo, November 5 2010- The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in Bulawayo has embarked on an operation to assist workers who have not been paid their salaries and wages by their employers. ... Full story

ZRP, CIO in manhunt for Editor

Harare, November 05, 2010 - Despite the fact that everybody knows he lives and works in the UK, the Zimbabwe Republic police and the much-despised CIO have jointly launched a man hunt for the Editor of The Zimbabwean Newspaper, Wilf Mbanga. According to state television news last night, they are accusing him of publishing a story after the 2008 elections "which undermined President Robert Mugabe". ... Full story

Fresh Election Not An Answer To Zim Political Woes

Harare, November 05, 2010 - Having fresh elections in Zimbabwe next year is not the sole answer to to current politcal woes facing the country, Industry and Commerce Minister and secretary general of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-M) said on Friday. ... Full story

Nightmare in a Zimbabwe prison - A journalist account

By Nkosana Dhlamini - Two Harare journalists tasted the full wrath of Zanu (PF) supporters last weekend when they were beaten up for doing their job at a constitutional meeting at the outskirts of Harare. ... Full story

Obama Invites Top Lawmakers to White House

Washington, November 05, 2010 - After the big Republican gains in Tuesday's U.S. elections, President Barack Obama has invited top Republican and Democratic lawmakers to meet with him at the White House. ... Full story

Zimbabwe To Unveil Local Ownership Rules This Month

Johannesburg, November 05, 2010 - Zimbabwe will publish guidelines this month on local ownership of various types of companies, ending months of uncertainty that has weighed on the stock market, a government minister said on Thursday. ... Full story

Peter Ndlovu Plots 2011 Comeback

Former Zimbabwe captain Peter Ndlovu has revealed he is returning to football in the local league at age of 37. ... Full story

Kikwete Leads As Opposition Criticises Tanzania Poll

Dar es sallam, November 05, 2010 Tanzania's incumbent president was well ahead in the presidential vote with two-thirds of the constituencies counted, but opposition parties on Thursday criticised the elections, citing vote rigging. ... Full story

South Africa's World Cup Chief Seeks Top FIFA Post

Johannesburg, November 05, 2010 - Danny Jordaan, the man responsible for organising the last World Cup, is now seeking to sit on the all-powerful FIFA committee that decides, among other things, where future World Cups will be played. ... Full story

Kimberley Process fails to certify Zimbabwe diamond sales

Jerusalem, November 05, 2010 - Zimbabwe has not been given approval as of yet to sell diamonds from its controversial Marange mines, the chairman of the body that regulates conflict diamonds said on Thursday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe - An Unfriendly Investment Destination

Harare, November 05, 2010 – Zimbabwe has been ranked 157th investor friendly country in the world out of 183, the World Bank said Thursday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe arrests diamond magnates for fraud

HARARE – Six top officials of two diamond-mining firms have been arrested for fraudulently obtaining a licence to mine the gems in Zimbabwe's controversial Marange fields, their lawyer said Thursday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe election boss says elections unlikely in 2011

Harare - The head of Zimbabwe's electoral commission (ZEC) on Thursday poured cold water on the chance of presidential and parliamentary elections taking place next year, despite President Robert Mugabe saying he wanted the votes to take place by mid-2011. ... Full story

Police Arrest Two MDC Workers

Harare, November 04, 2010 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has said four people who include two of their party drivers were arrested together with two other visitors outside the party's Harvest House headquarters. ... Full story

Zim's Largest Shoe Maker Facing Serious Viability Problems

Zimbabwe’s largest shoe-maker, Bata faces a working capital problem at a time when suppliers are demanding cash upfront for raw materials. ... Full story

Life Expectancy For Zimbabwe Women Falls

Harare, November 04, 2010 - Despite the fact that Zimbabwe's HIV/Aids prevalence rate has done well, the life expectancy for women has however gone down, Radio VOP can reveal. ... Full story

Woods Seeks To Rediscover Winning Habit After Barren Year

Shangai, November 03, 2010 - Tiger Woods believes he has become a different person after a year's absence but one thing the American insists will never change is his unerring desire to win. ... Full story

US Republicans Win House And Gain In Senate

Washington, November 03, 2010 - - Disenchanted US voters swept Democrats from power in the House of Representatives and strengthened the ranks of Senate Republicans on Tuesday in an election rout that dealt a sharp rebuke to President Barack Obama. ... Full story

Sudan Closes Darfur Radio, Rights Group Offices

Khartoum, November 03, 2010 - Sudan shut the Khartoum office of Radio Dabanga, whose reports on Darfur have angered it, and arrested 13 staff from the radio station and a rights group that shares its offices, the group's chairman said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Zim Teachers Face Fresh Political Violence

Harare, November 03, 2010 - Zimbabwe's teachers are facing serious political threats that have so far seen six being transfered at the orders of war veterans. ... Full story

EU Denies Accepting Mugabe Ambassadors

Harare, November 03, 2010 - The European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe on Tuesday said the decision to aceept the credentials of Zimbabwe's ambassador designate to the EU was still to be made. ... Full story

Zim's Unity Govt Not Based On Mugabe's Generosity

Harare, November 03, 2010 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the inclusive government does not depend on President Robert Mugabe’s whims and its lifespan is not determined by an individual. ... Full story

Partial Results Promised In Ivory Coast Election

Abidjan, November 02, 2010 - - Ivory Coast's electoral commission was due to start giving partial results from Sunday's presidential election on Tuesday, the commission said, as concerns grew over the transparency of the counting. ... Full story

Berlusconi Says Liking Girls "Better Than Being Gay"

Rome, November 02, 2010 - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dismissed calls to resign on Tuesday over reports he helped a 17-year-old girl who attended parties at his house, saying it was "better to like beautiful girls than to be gay." ... Full story

Democratic Power At Risk In US Elections

Washington, November 02, 2010 - After a long and bitter campaign, Americans cast their votes on Tuesday in elections that could sweep Democrats from power in Congress and slam the brakes on President Barack Obama's legislative agenda. ... Full story

Political Violence Hit Chimanimani

Chimanimani, November 02 2010 - Political violence has hit Kwirire area in Chimanimani where war veterans and Zanu (PF) supporters are forcing villagers to attend the party's campaign meetings which are being held at the homesteads of local traditional leaders during the night. ... Full story

South Korean Giants Eye Zimbabwe Investment

Harare, November 02, 2010 - South Korean industrial giants, Samsung, Daewoo, Hyundai and other world acclaimed companies are in Zimbabwe seeking investment opportunities. ... Full story

Pick n Pay Ups Its Stake In Zimbabwe TM Supermarkets

Johannesburg, November 02, 2010 - Pick n Pay will spend US$13m to raise its stake in TM Supermarkets, Zimbabwe's largest grocer, to 49% from the current 25%. ... Full story

Zim Slain White Farmer Laid To Rest

Chegutu, November 02, 2010 - Kobus Joubert who had been one of the remaining few white farmers in Zimbabwe after he was shot dead by armed robbers at his farm in Chegutu last week was laid to rest here on Monday. ... Full story

Ban Zim Diamonds

Harare, November 02, 2010 - A leading human rights organisation, Human Rights Watch on Monday said the diamond watchdog, Kimberley Process Certification Scheme must ban the sell of Chiadzwa diamonds until the Zimbabwe government has addressed ending 'abuses' and diamond 'smuggling.' ... Full story

Zimbabwe Government To Sue Diamond Giant Company

Bulawayo, November 01, 2010 - Mines and Mining Development Minister, Obert Mpofu says the government will sue giant diamond mining company, De Beers for looting Chiadzwa fields for 15 years. ... Full story

Journos Released, Charged With Criminal Nuisance

Harare, November 01, 2010 - Two freelance journalists arrested while covering weekend consultative meetings on a new constitution were released on Sunday after paying fines of US$20 each. ... Full story

Zipra On Peace Path

Bulawayo, November 1 2010 - The ZIPRA Veterans has rolled its peace building, reconciliation and national healing programme in the Midlands and Harare provinces following a success of the programme in some parts of Matabeleland where the initiative started. ... Full story