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Tsvangirai Tipped To Win Nobel Peace Prize

September, 30, 2010 - For the second year running, Zimbabwean Premier Morgan Tsvangirai has been tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize after bookmakers listed him among hopefuls to land the 2010 award. ... Full story

Mugabe Blasts Foreign Investors

Harare, September 30, 2010 – President Robert Mugabe on Thursday blasted foreign investors who are complaining about the country’s indigenisation laws which are aimed at awarding locals a majority shareholding, saying the can go. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Wants Zanu (PF)'s 'War Vet' Leader Arrested

Harare, September 30, 2010 - Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change has demanded that police arrest Jabulani Sibanda, leader of a splinter group ofthe war veterans association for threatening and intimidating villagers in Masvingo Province. ... Full story

Police Vow To Track Bennett

Harare, Sepetember 30, 2010 - Police have vowed to track and arrest Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) treasurer Roy Bennett whom they have been stalking for the past month if they establish that he committed an offence. ... Full story

Mep Attacks Zuma Over Zimbabwe Stance

September 30, 2010 - South Africa has been accused of "acquiescing" whilst people in Zimbabwe starved, during a hearing with the country's president, Jacob Zuma. ... Full story

Tekere Hospitalized

MUTARE -Edgar Tekere, one of the luminaries of Zimbabwe’s war of liberation, has been rushed to a private hospital in Harare after falling ill on Monday. ... Full story

COPAC Wants Political Leaders To Publicly Denounce Violence

A committee leading the crafting of the country’s new constitution wants the leaders of country’s three political parties to publicly denounce violence before they can resume abandoned consultative meetings in Harare and Chitungwiza. ... Full story

Tongogara's Widow Seeks Help From Tsvangirai

Harare, September 29, 2010 -The neglected widow of national hero Josiah Tongogara has approached Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for assistance. ... Full story

Zanu PF declares Masawi a national hero

Harare, September 28, 2010 – Ephraim Masawi, the late Zanu (PF) deputy national commissar has been declared a national hero by the party’s politburo. ... Full story

International Trade Union Calls For Free And Fair Election

Harare, September 28, 2010 – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe saying any further imposition of an illegitimate government posed a continued threat to workers’ rights. ... Full story

Man In Court For Saying Mugabe Must Go To Hell

Bulawayo, September 28,2010 - A Bulawayo man was on Monday arrested and dragged to court for saying President Robert Mugabe “should go to hell”. ... Full story

Zifa Board Member Quits Over New Coach

Solomon Mugavazi has quit as a member of the Zifa board unhappy with the way the appointment of the national coach was handled. ... Full story

Musician Performs In Eight Countries In 24 Hours

Berlin, September 28, 2010 - A German musician who wanted to break a world record and promote his new CD gave concerts in eight countries last weekend -- all in 24 hours. ... Full story

Suicide Bomb Kills Afghan Vice-Governor, Five Others

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, September 28, 2010 - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed on Tuesday the deputy governor of Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Mohammad Kazim Allahyar, and five other people, a top police official said. ... Full story

N.Korean Leader's Son Unveiled, Seen As Successor

SEOUL, September 28, 2010 - North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong-il gave his youngest son his first public title on Tuesday, naming him a general in a move analysts said marked the first stage of dynastic succession in the secretive state. ... Full story

Bennett's Woes Mount As Judge Sues

Harare, September 28, 2010 - The alleged defamation of High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu could be the motive behind the stalking of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Treasurer and Deputy Agriculture Minister-Designate Senator Roy Bennett by state security agents. ... Full story

Mugabe's Large Entourage On Foreign Trips A Concern

Harare, September 28, 2010 - President Robert Mugabe always travels with between 50 to 60 officials when he goes overseas, Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has revealed. ... Full story

'War Vet' Leader Holds Warning Rallies

Zaka, September 28, 2010- Controversial Zimbabwe war veterans national chairman Jabulani Sibanda who is conducting warning rallies here has stunned villagers by telling them that he was "sent to warn all sell-outs in the area that Zanu (PF) is ready to kill them if they fail to join his party before campaigns for next elections has begun. ... Full story

Zim Constitution May Be Negotiated

Harare, September 27, 2010 - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday said he hoped the constitution making process would not be abandoned, hinting that the final outcome may be a negotiated settlement between political parties in parliament. ... Full story

Mwaruwari Recalled For Cape Verde Game

Harare, September 27, 2010 - Former Zimbabwe national team captain Benjani Mwaruwari has been recalled to the national team for the Warriors' October 10 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde at the National Sports Stadium. ... Full story

War Vets Demand More Land

Bulawayo, September 27, 2010 - War veterans who were allocated land in Bubi District, Matabeleland North Province, are demanding more land, saying they were allocated small portions during the 2000 land grabs. ... Full story

Karoi Prisoner In Suicide Attempt

Karoi, September 27, 2010 - Karoi prison officers here are under probe after an inmate attempted suicide by cutting his throat using a razor blade he had smuggled into jail. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe given one week to pay pilots

Harare, September, 26, 2010 The national airliner, Air Zimbabwe management has 12 days to pay its pilots who have since returned to work after they agreed to call off a two strike which grounded its regional and international flights resulting in an estimated loss of $8 million dollars in revenue. ... Full story

Mugabe Cancels Ecuador Trip

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has returned home from New York canceling a scheduled trip to the South American country, Ecuador where he was due to receive an honorary degree from a university run by a controversial church. ... Full story

Israeli Leaders Hail Castro

Jerusalem, September 26 2010 - Israeli leaders are praising former Cuban President Fidel Castro for supporting Israel in a series of interviews. ... Full story

Violence And Abuse Worries ZPP

Harare, September 26, 2010 - Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has noted with concern continued abuse and intolerance by political parties during constitution outreach programme. ... Full story

Patients Losing Out On Drugs

Harare, September 25, 2010 - Zimbabwe's poor HIV & AIDS patients are losing out on Anti-retro viral Therapy services at the country's government and council hospitals as a result of massive corruption caused by low remuneration, a survey carried out by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has revealed. ... Full story

Mugabe Duped Us, Say Villagers

Bikita, September 25, 2010 - Hundreds of villagers here have condemned President Robert Mugabe saying he duped them by giving schools in their area ‘fake computer donations’ about three years ago. ... Full story

Canadian Held Over Pakistan Plane Threat

Sweden, September 25, 2010 - A bomb threat forced a Pakistan International Airlines plane with 273 people on board to divert to Sweden on Saturday, and a Canadian man in his 30s was arrested after the plane landed and was evacuated. ... Full story

Top Zanu (PF) Member Dies

HARARE, September 25, 2010 - Former Zanu (PF) deputy spokesman Ephraim Masawi died in Harare this morning. ... Full story

New Coach For Warriors

HARARE -ZIFA has appointed Tom Sainfiet as the Warriors substantive coach despite an outcry from football fans who were rallying behind Norman Mapeza. ... Full story

The first ever Big Brother marriage in the house

It will be a first in the Big Brother series or the biggest fluke of all times. Audiences of the popular Big Brother All Stars’ were shocked to learn that they will be a wedding soon between housemates. ... Full story

Zim Veteran Journalist And Media Trainer Burial

Veteran journalist, Tim Nyahunzvi, a trustee of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)-Zimbabwe and accomplished media trainer, will be buried at Warren Hills Cemetery on Saturday. ... Full story

More constitution making meetings cancelled

Makoni, September 24, 2010 - Up to 16 constitution-making outreach meetings have been canceled in most parts of Makoni Distrct in Manicaland Province because of violence being perpetrated by Zanu (PF) supporters and war veterans. ... Full story

MDC MP Barred From Exhibiting At Show

Masvingo, September 24, 2010- Masvingo provincial governor Titus Maluleke has instructed Masvingo Show Society organisers to ban Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) legislator Jeffreson Chitando to exhibit at this year’s provincial show. ... Full story

Russians Arrested, Face Deportation

Bulawayo, September 23, 2010 -Zimbabwe’s immigration authorities are set to deport five Russian tourists for illegally exploring minerals in West Nicholson, Matabeleland South province. ... Full story

Senator Sekai Holland threatens to quit

Harare, September 23, 2010 - The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Senator Sekai Holland, says she will quit her post as a member of the Organ of National Healing and Reconciliation if people think that she has failed. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Calls For Urgent Meeting With Mugabe

Harare, September 22, 2010 – The Movement for Demoratic Change leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has called for an urgent meeting with principals who signed the Global Politial Agreeement following the death of an activist from his party after weekend violent clashes with Zanu (PF) over meetings to draft a new constitution. ... Full story

Mugabe Wants Air Zim Pilots Strike Ended

Harare, September 22, 2010 - President Robert Mugabe is said to have directed the Air Zimbabwe management and board to act on the strike by pilots as a matter of urgency, sources told Radio VOP. ... Full story

Zim Drops Charges Against US Doctors

Harare, September 22, 2010 – Charges against five American health workers accused of dispersing AIDS/HIV drugs without appropriate documentation were dropped on Wednesday before plea. ... Full story

Athletes Quit Commonwealth Games As Criticism Mounts

New Delhi, September 22, 2010 - Several big name athletes have pulled out of the Commonwealth Games citing security and health worries, adding to woes of an event meant to showcase India's ability to stand up with the likes of China on the world stage. ... Full story

China's Wen Threatens To Step Up Japan Row

Beijing, September 22, 2010 - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao threatened more steps against Japan unless it releases a trawler captain Tokyo accuses of deliberating colliding with a Japanese coastguard ship near disputed islands. ... Full story

S.Africa's ANC To Go Easy On Mines And Rand At Meeting

Durban, September 22, 2010 - South Africa's ruling African National Congress has rejected calls from its governing alliance partners to weaken the rand or nationalise mines, a top official said on Tuesday at a major ANC policy-setting meeting. ... Full story

Uganda's Museveni Sued Over Bid For Fourth Term

Kampala, September 22, 2010 - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni's bid for a fourth term is facing a legal challenge from a rival who wants the high court to prevent the leader from contesting next year's election. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Takes Over Parcelling Of Foreign-Owned Shops

Harare, September 22, 2010 - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party has hijacked a programme spearheaded by the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) to identify retail shops run by foreigners in the central business area and parcel them to Zimbabwean blacks. ... Full story

Pressure Group Campaigns For No Vote

Harare, September 22, 2010 - Constitutional pressure group, the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) said it will soon start campaigning for a No Vote for the constitutional process in Zimbabwe that has been marred by violence. ... Full story

Union Calls For Strike As Headmaster Commits Suicide

Chirimhanzi, September 22, 2010 – The head of Mukomberanwa Secondary School near Chaka Business Centre here allegedly committed suicide after an intense conflict with parents over suspected abuse of money meant for teacher incentives. ... Full story

Speaker Challenge: Supreme Court Reserves Judgement

Harare, September 21, 2010 - A full Supreme Court bench has reserved judgement in a matter in which Independent Tsholotsho MP Jonathan Moyo and three others are challenging the election of Movement for Democratic Change chairman Lovemore Moyo to the post of Speaker of Parliament in 2008. ... Full story

Veteran Journalist And Teacher, Tim Nyahunzvi Dies

Harare, September 21, 2010 – One of Zimbabwe's veteran journalist and former lecturer Tim Mutero Nyahunzvi, has died. ... Full story

Togo Suspends Coach

Lome, September 21, 2010 - An assistant coach of Togo's soccer team has been suspended for three years after he took a group of imposters masquerading as the national side to play a match in Bahrain, the country's football federation said. ... Full story

Rare North Korea Meeting To Eye On Succession

Seoul, September 21, 2010 - North Korea's ruling party will hold its biggest meeting in decades on September 28 to pick a new leadership, state media reported on Tuesday, and likely anoint an heir to the dynasty as Kim Jong-il's health deteriorates. ... Full story

Nigerian Academics Seek To Elevate Humble Pidgin

LAGOS, Sept 20 (Reuters Life!) - It may share many of its words and basic grammar with English, but a perplexed look descends across the face of most newcomers to Nigeria the first time they are addressed in Pidgin. ... Full story

Billionaire Urges Investment In Zimbabwe

NEW YORK, September 21, 2010 - Billionaire Richard Branson urged people on Monday to invest in Zimbabwe, saying the world was wrong to wait instead of helping the politically volatile, impoverished southern African nation revive itself. ... Full story

Donors Sought To Clear Raw Sewage

Chinhoyi, September 21, 2010 - Deputy Health Minister Douglas Mombeshora is seeking donor funds to clear raw sewage which continues to be discharged into Manyame river, the only source of water for Chinhoyi residents. ... Full story

Constitutional Meetings In Harare Declared Null And Void

Harare, September 21, 2010 - Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora has declared null and void meetings held on Monday in some parts of Harare to solicit people’s views for Zimbabwe's new constitution. ... Full story

Zimbabweans Squat In Cape Town Consulate Office

Cape Town, September 20, 2010 - While AfriForum is waiting for the courts to decide if it can go ahead with auctioning an abandoned building belonging to the Zimbabwe government, homeless people, predominantly Zimbabwean refugees, have occupied it. ... Full story

No To A War Election: Tsvangirai

Harare, September 20, 2010 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will not participate in any election if it is a ‘declaration of war’, a day following violent disruptions of constitution meetings in by Zanu (PF) supporters in Harare over the weekend. ... Full story

Gono, Kuwaza Fight

Harare, September 20, 2010 – Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, Gideon Gono and the deputy chairman of the bank’s board, Charles Kuwaza, who are engaged in a bitter feud for the control of the country’s biggest financial institution, have again differed over remuneration paid to workers. ... Full story

Ghost Of Communal Riots Haunts India Mosque Verdict

New Delhi, September 20, 2010 - A court will rule on Friday whether Hindus or Muslims own land around a demolished mosque in northern India, a judgement haunted by memories of a 1992 riot, some of the country's worst violence since the partition. ... Full story

Zuma: Not The Time To Debate Succession

Durban, September 20, 2010 - It was time for the ANC to act against those prematurely mobilising and lobbying for succession, party president Jacob Zuma says. ... Full story

WOZA Women Arrested

Harare, September 20, 2010 - About 60 women members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were on Monday arrested after taking part in a march to Parliament buildings in Harare to mark International Peace Day. ... Full story

Zim Constitutional Outreach Exercise Suspended

Harare, September 20, 2010 – The Parliamentary led constitutional outreach exercise to gather views for a new constitution in Zimbabwe (Copac) has been suspended indefinitely after weekend violence during meetings in the capital, Harare. ... Full story

Striking Pilots Persuaded To Fly Mugabe To New York

Harare, September 20, 2010 – Air Zimbabwe made last minute attempts to persuade striking pilots to fly President Robert Mugabe to the United Nations general Assembly in New York, it has been established. ... Full story

Zim Rural School Children Stranded

Hurungwe, September 20, 2010 - Some schools remain closed here after education officials stopped the recruitment of temporary teachers last week. ... Full story

Malema's One-Wife Slogan Backfires

Johannesburg,September 19, 2010 - Fiery ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema faces possible suspension from the ruling party after he angered party bosses with his comments about polygamy at a Free State rally last weekend. ... Full story

Accreditation Of Journalists Now Falls Under ZMC

Bulawayo, September 19, 2010 - The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has taken over the role of accrediting journalists during elections times from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) . ... Full story

Get Your SA Docs In Order, Zimbabweans Urged

Johannesburg, September 19, 2010 - Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Sunday appealed to Zimbabweans living in South Africa to take up government's offer to get their documentation in order. ... Full story

Five Copac Members Injured

Harare, September 19, 2010 - Five members from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party were injured while three more were arrested as President Robert Mugabe’s supporters ran amok disrupting constitution making meetings in Harare. ... Full story

Chaos Mars Outreach Programme

Harare, September 18, 2010 - Chaos and violence marred the first day of the constitutional outreach programme in Harare and Bulawayo, with at least one meeting being aborted in the capital. ... Full story

Zim White Farmers Attacker Denied UK Asylum

London, September 18, 2010 - A woman who admitted taking part in savage evictions of white farmers from their homes in Zimbabwe lost her bid for asylum after a High Court judge accused her of ‘crimes against humanity.’ ... Full story

Big Brother Slugger Shown The Door

Johannesburg, September 17, 2010 - 'Big Brother' housemate Hannington Kuteesa has been evicted from the reality show after he hit a female contestant. ... Full story

SA Must Legalise Zimbabweans - MDC

Johannesburg, September 18, 2010 - Zimbabweans with fraudulently obtained SA identity books should receive citizenship status, the country's Movement for Democratic Change party argued in Johannesburg on Friday. ... Full story

Minister Manhandles Cop

Harare, September 18, 2010 - A deputy minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government grabbed a policeman and threatened to choke him for trying to search her car, a police spokesman confirmed on Friday. ... Full story

Abuse Shamed Whole Church Says Pope

London, September 18, 2010 - Pope Benedict apologised to victims of sexual abuse on Saturday, saying paedophile priests had brought "shame and humiliation" on him and the entire Roman Catholic Church. ... Full story

Artist's Case Referred To Supreme Court

Harare, September 18, 2010 - A Harare Magistrate, Ntombizodwa Mazhandu has granted an application filed by tormented visual artist Owen Maseko asking the Supreme Court determine whether or not criminalising creative arts infringes on freedom of expression and freedom of conscience. ... Full story

Senior Cop killed During Robbery

Bulawayo, September 18, 2010 - Armed robbers on Friday night shot dead a senior police officer and made away with US$700, during a raid at a nightclub in the country’s second city, Bulawayo ... Full story

Zim Economy Growth Forecast Revised Upwards

MASVINGO, Friday September 17, 2010-Finance Minister Tendai Biti has upped the country’s economic growth forecast to seven percent, down from five percent, following a drop in inflation aided by a strong agricultural performance. ... Full story

Dynamos In Bribery Scandal

HARARE – Harare giants Dynamos have been sucked in a major bribery scandal involving Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side TP Mazembe and the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is set to institute investigations. ... Full story

Zim Civil Servants March Over Low Salaries

Harare - About 300 civil servants marched through Zimbabwe's capital Harare on Friday demanding higher pay and benefits from money the state earned through recent diamond auctions. ... Full story

No Birthday Celebrations For Tuku

Harare, September 17, 2010- The grief that Oliver Mtukudzi had so much masked through performances throughout the country has started to surface and understandably so. ... Full story

Zim Chief Causes Drama For Being Summoned To Court

Masvingo, September 17, 2010 – There was drama at Chevron hotel here on Friday afternoon when Chief Mabika of Bikita ran up and down hotel corridors banging doors, shouting at the messenger who had delivered summons to his room 204. ... Full story

Big Brother Africa condemned over housemate's punch

Johannesburg, September, 17, 2010 - Women's rights activists have strongly criticised producers of Africa's version of Big Brother for not evicting a housemate who punched a female contestant on live television. ... Full story

Thousands Turn Out To Welcome Pope In London

London, September 17, 2010 - The Pontiff has begun his tour of London after tens of thousands of people attended his first Mass in the UK. ... Full story

MDC-T Factions In informal Talks -Coltart

Harare, September 17, 2010 -The two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) factions are engaged in informal reunification talks following their 2005 acrimonious split, David Coltart, the legal secretary of the smaller formation has said. ... Full story

Sudan Rearranges Furniture As Independence Vote Looms

Sudan, September 16, 2010 - The shiny new headquarters of Sudan’s referendum commission was buzzing with activity on Monday, less than four months ahead of the scheduled start of a seismic vote on whether the country’s oil-producing south should declare independence. ... Full story

Mideast Talks Still Under Threat After Clinton Visit

Jerusalem, September 16, 2010 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended Thursday three days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders with no visible sign of progress on breaking a deadlock over building in West Bank settlements. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Moving In The Right Direction - Tsvangirai

Johannesburg, September 16, 2010 - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday told an economic summit on Zimbabwe that the country was moving in the right direction towards restoring the country’s past economic glory. ... Full story

Daniel Chingoma Forms Political Party

Harare, September 16, 2010 - In a surprise move, engineer Daniel Chingoma, has formed a political party, the Zimbabwe Integrated Revolutionary Party (ZIRP), Radio VOP can reveal. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Will Never Rule Zimbabwe, Says Mutasa

Zaka, 16 September 2010 - Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa, on Wednesday declared that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party that gave President Mugabe his first ever defeat in the 2008 harmonised elections, will never rule Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Biti Breathes Fire - blasts Econet, NetOne, Telecel

Harare, September 16, 2010 - The Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, has lambasted Zimbabwe's three cellular telephone network operators, saying they are greedy and instead of reaping huge profits, should work together to benefit the country's poor citizens. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Tourism Boss Battling For Life

Harare, September 16, 2010 - Zimbabwe Tourism Authority boss Karikoga Kaseke, is battling for life at West End Clinic in Harare after his BMW was involved in an accident near Banket. ... Full story

Police Hound Bennett Again

Harare, September 16, 2010 - Police have launched a fresh crackdown on Movement for Democratic Change treasurer and Deputy Agriculture Minister Designate Roy Bennett to answer to charges of contempt of court. ... Full story

Late Edison Sithole Is Haunting Zanu (PF)

Masvingo, September 16, 2010- The son of the late national hero, Edison Sithole, who together with his secretary Miriam Mhlanga disappeared without trace following their abduction on October 15 1975, denied that his father’s remains had been discovered. ... Full story

State Editors Taste AIPPA

Harare, September 15, 2010 - The state media has come under fire from law enforcement agents with a number of editors being dragged to court by the police. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Army To Stay At Chiadzwa Diamond Fields

Mutare, September 15, 2010 - A top military officer, Brigadier- General Douglas Nyikayaramba said the army will not move out of the Chiadzwa Diamond fields because doing so could result in a national security threat. ... Full story

Twenty COPAC Meetings Abandoned

Mutare, September 15, 2010 - Up to 20 meetings organised by the Constitutional Select Committee (Copac) were aborted in the past week in parts of Manicaland because of violence believed to be instigated by supporters of Zanu (PF). ... Full story

Zimbabwe Inflation Slows Down

Harare, September 14, 2010 - Zimbabwe's annual inflation slowed further to 3.6 percent year-on-year in August from 4.1 percent in July, the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Japan PM Wins Party Vote But Faces More Challenges

Tokyo, September 14, 2010 - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will keep his job after an unexpectedly decisive victory in a ruling party vote on Tuesday, but must now unify his party and forge deals with the opposition in a divided parliament. ... Full story

Global Hunger Declining In 2010: UN

ROME, September 14, 2010 - The number of people in the world suffering chronic hunger has declined for the first time in 15 years, due to improving economic conditions and lower food prices, the United Nations' food agency said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Zim Holds Secret Diamond Auction

Harare, September 14, 2010 - Zimbabwe held a secret auction of diamonds from its Marange fields, where the army has been accused of forced labour and torture, an official said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Air Zim Forking Out US$2 300 Per Hour

Harare, September 14, 2010 - Zimbabwe’s national airline, Air Zimbabwe, is paying USD$ 2 300 per hour to fly a leased aircraft from a South African company Air Quarius, following a strike by pilots which grounded all its planes, a company official confirmed. ... Full story

PSL leaders Motor Action Fire Executive

Harare, September 14, 2010 - Premier Soccer League leaders Motor Action have fired their club executive following an air ticket scam that rocked the club before Zimbabwe's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia on September 5. ... Full story

Home Sick Zim Soccer Star Released

Cape Town, September 14, 2010 - The Cape Town- based soccer club Ajax Cape Town has terminated the contract of promising Zimbabwean teenager, Archieford Gutu because he was home sick. ... Full story

More Zim Women Enter Gold Mining

Harare, September 14, 2010 - There are now 261 women with gold mining licences in Zimbabwe up from 45. Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Gift Chimanikire said he was happy that more women were getting into mining. ... Full story

New Zim Rights Body Will Not Delve Into The Past

Harare, September 14, 2010 - Zimbabwe's Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa has announced that the Human Rights Commission whose bill he has just finished drafting will not have powers to investigate human rights violations that were committed before the formation of the inclusive government. ... Full story

Wife To President Mugabe's Nephew Risks Expulsion From COPAC

HARARE, September 13, 2010 - A Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) rapporteur, who assaulted a team leader last week, faces expulsion from participating in the process meant to solicit people’s views to draft a new constitution for the country. ... Full story

Ministers Seek Consolidated Trial Over Abduction Claims

HARARE, September 13, 2010 - Four government ministers on Monday filed an application seeking an order to consolidate the various matters brought about by more than 10 victims of state sponsored abduction into three clusters for purposes of trial. ... Full story

Zvenyika Turns Boxing Promoter

Harare, September 13, 2010 - Ambitious two time Commonwealth boxing champion Arifonso Zvenyika has turned to a promoter. ... Full story

Former Blackpool Director Joins Politics

Harare, September 13, 2010 - Former Blackpool director Ginger James Chinguwa has turned politician in his Mhondoro rural home. ... Full story

Magistrate Grants Bail To American Health Workers

Harare, September 13, 2010 – A Harare magistrate granted US 200 dollars bail to four Americans, one local doctor and a New Zealand resident doctor who are charged of distributing HIV/AIDS drugs to orphans and patients without a license. ... Full story

Vice President Mujuru Sucked In Mliswa Saga

HARARE – Vice President Joice Mujuru has been sucked into the Temba Mliswa saga and was named in court as one of the politicians behind the controversial businessman’s arrest. ... Full story

Zim Women Sue Ministers Over Deplorable Prisons

Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), have written to co-home affairs ministers informing them of the intention to sue them for the inhumane conditions its members went through while in detention at the Harare central police station prison cells. ... Full story

Zim Warriors Midfielder Opts For Ajax Cape Town

Warriors’ midfielder Willard Katsande has crossed the Limpopo to join the South African ABSA Premier Soccer League. However, the 23-year old has opted to join Ajax Cape Town ahead of champions Supersport which had expressed an interest in his services. Katsande spent a week at Supersport last month and impressed the reigning champions during his short stint. ... Full story

Pregnancy Remains Barred In Zim Schools

Harare, September 13, 2010 – The Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture has said pregnancy remains banned for school going children with the boys responsible expected to be expelled or excluded from attending school. ... Full story

Pope Facing Wall Of Protests

London, September 12, 2010 - A coalition of protest groups will come together to demonstrate against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain, with a march through London uniting those opposed to the historic trip. ... Full story

Zuma's Son Gives Up Loot

Johannesburg, September 12, 2010 - Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane has come to the rescue of his besieged father with the surprise announcement this weekend that he is giving away 70 percent of his share in the R9 billion "money for jam" black economic empowerment (BEE) deal involving steel mining giant ArcelorMittal. ... Full story

US Church To Continue Work In Zimbabwe

Johannesburg, September 12, 2010 - A California church wants to get back to helping Aids orphans in Africa, once it resolves questions over licensing that led to the arrests of six of its workers in Zimbabwe, a minister said on Sunday. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Nearly Barred

HARARE, September 11, 2010 - The co-Minister of Home Affairs Theresa Makone has revealed that a junior ranking police officer wrote to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai ordering him not to attend the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) 11th anniversary celebrations at Gokwe Center on Saturday. ... Full story

Detention Of US Doctors Worries Ambassador

Harare, September 11, 2010 - United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray said he was closely monitoring the out-come of the six American doctors who were arrested by the police for allegedly operating without license, ... Full story

Dabengwa In Door to Door Campaign

Gutu, September 10, 2010-Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) president Dumiso Dabengwa is in Gutu rural district where he is making door- to –door campaigns for the party in early preparation for possible elections next year. ... Full story

ZMC Seek Clarity Over Opening Of Airwaves

Harare, September 10, 2010 – THE Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has requested a meeting with the Broadcasting Corporation (BAZ) to seek clarification on delays in opening the broadcasting sector to other private players. ... Full story

Six American Doctors Arrested

Harare, September 10, 2010 - Police on Thursday arrested six American HIV/AIDS doctors at a Harare College where they were administering drugs to people suffering from the dIsease. ... Full story

Lengthens Directors Fight Over Mteki's Transfer Fees

Harare, September 10, 2010 - Lengthens directors are embroiled in a dispute over the transfer fees that Black Mambas paid for the transfer of Richard Mteki, widely regarded as the Happy People's most prized asset. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Calls For Unity With Breakaway Faction

Harare, September 10, 2010 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and leader of the mainstream Movement for Democratic Change says his party is ready to reopen unity talks with the Arthur Mutambara-led faction so that they can confront President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) in next elections as a united front. ... Full story

South Africans An Ungrateful Lot - Biti

Harare-Finance Minister Tendai Biti has castigated the South African government for threatening to deport all Zimbabweans saying it was unAfrican and lack of gratitude on the part of the South Africans given the fact that Zimbabweans had been contributing to its economic growth through providing labour over the years. ... Full story

Mugabe Dismisses Rumours Of Poor Health

HARARE, September 10, 2010 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday dismissed rumours of ill-health, laughing off suggestions that he was dying of cancer and had recently suffered a stroke. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe hires South African plane to carry passengers

Harare, September 9, 2010 – Air Zimbabwe has chartered a South African airline to carry passengers as the top management of the national airline struggles to find solutions to end the strike by pilots which grounded all their planes. ... Full story

Freshlyground barred from Zimbabwe for Mugabe caricature

Harare- South African Afro-pop musical group Freshlyground have been barred from visiting Zimbabwe after cocking a snook at President Robert Mugabe in a video of their latest single- Chicken to Change. The Cape Town-based group was scheduled to perform at a show which was supposed to be held at one of Harare’s exclusive joints – Wild Geese Lodge next month. ... Full story

Obama Warns Koran-Burning Would Boost al Qaeda

WASHINGTON, September 09, 2010 - President Barack Obama warned Thursday that an obscure U.S. Christian pastor's plan to burn the Koran on September 11 could provoke al Qaeda suicide bombings, and Asian countries urged Washington to prevent the act. ... Full story

S.A Murder Rate Dips 8.6 Percent

JOHANNESBURG, September 09, 2010 - South Africa saw an 8.6 percent dip in its murder rate over the past year but it retained its position as one of the world's most dangerous countries outside a war zone, police data released on Thursday said. ... Full story

Mugabe Wants Closer Ties With West

HARARE, September 09, 2010 - Zimbabwe wants normal ties with Western powers critical of its policies but will press ahead with a plan to hand control of foreign companies to local blacks, President Robert Mugabe said. ... Full story

COPAC Rapporteur Assaults Team Leader

A Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) rapporteurs this week assaulted a COPAC team leader and Bindura South Member of Parliament Bednock Nyaude outside the offices of the District Administrator for Kadoma in Mashonaland West Province. ... Full story

Date Set For Dynamos, CAPS Cup Final Clash

Harare, September 09, 2010 - The Premier Soccer League have set September 25 as the day for the high profile Banc ABC Sup8r final between traditional rivals Dynamos and CAPS United. ... Full story

Tensions In Smaller MDC Faction

Masvingo - September 9, 2010- The indications by the secretary general of the smaller faction of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-M) Professor Welshman Ncube that he might want to campaign for the presidency in the next party elective congress has created divisions which threaten to split the party in Masvingo. ... Full story

Gweru Rugby Team Making A Comeback

Gweru, September 08, 2010 - Gweru Sports Club (GSC) rugby team is set to return to the national rugby league next year. ... Full story

Angry Zimbabwe Commuters Turn Against Police

Harare, September 08, 2010 - Members of the public on Wednesday morning turned against a group of police officers who tried to arrest a public transport crew after it had dropped off passengers at an undesignated point in the city centre. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Government Slashes Passport Charges

Harare, September 07, 2010 - Zimbabwe has reduced the charges to obtain a passport to US$50 from about US$140 following a cabinet directive issued on Tuesday. ... Full story

Copac Teams Evicted From Bulawayo Hotel

Bulawayo, September 08, 2010 - THE Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) outreach team that was kicked out of Rainbow Hotel in Bulawayo because of non-payment of bills, has been booked at some hotels around Bulawayo. ... Full story

Muchinguri bursts notorious syndicate of robbers

MUTARE, 7 September - Oppah Muchinguri, a powerful Zanu PF politician instigated the arrest of members of an untouchable syndicate involving a former beauty queen, a CIO operative and several police details who moved around the eastern border city extorting and robbing illegal diamond buyers. ... Full story

Ministers forced to flee fire at gvt offices

Harare, September 6, 2010 -There was drama on Monday morning at the Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture headquarters in Harare when Ministers, senior officials and the entire staff stampeded to get out of 18-floor building after malfunctioning elevators developed an electrical fault which caused fire at the building. ... Full story

Farmers to stand trial

Bulawayo - THREE white commercial farmers from Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North province on Wednesday stand trial for posing a security threat to the state after they were found in possession of firearms. ... Full story

China Landslide Toll Rises

China, September 5, 2010 - The death toll from rain-triggered landslides that hit a remote village in southwestern China rose to 24, with another 24 people still missing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. ... Full story

SA Former Minister Dies

Johannesburg, September 5, 2010 - Former Minister of Mines Fanie Botha died in Pretoria on Saturday morning at the age of 88, his family said. ... Full story

USAID Says Zim Food Situation, Stable

Harare, September 5, 2010 - A leading US funded femine warning organization says Zimbabwe’s food situation has remained stable throughout the year as grain and cereals stocks from the last season are expected to pull the country through September. ... Full story

Quake Hits New Zealand

Wellington, September 4, 2010 - Authorities declared a state of emergency after a major earthquake hit New Zealand's second biggest city early on Saturday, bringing down power lines, ripping up roads and wrecking building facades, but authorities reported no deaths. ... Full story

Mozambique Lost $3m From Riots

Maputo, Septermber 4, 2010 - Mozambique's economy has lost more than $3-million because of deadly riots over the rising prices of food and other goods, the government said on Friday, as state media reported new protests in two other towns. ... Full story

SA To Deport Zimbabweans

Johannesburg, September 4, 2010 - Masses of Zimbabweans will be deported following the lifting of the special dispensation which relaxed conditions for their entry into SA, Lawyers for Human Rights said on Friday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Glass Factory Closes Shop

Harare, September 03, 2010 - Zimglass, a Gweru based glass manufacturing company has decided to close operations for six months in order to improve its machinerty, leaving hundreds of workers stranded. ... Full story

Akon Gets Heroes Welcome

Harare, September 03, 2010 - Business momentarily came to a stand still when the popular Senegalese born Hip Hop icon based in the United States jetted into Harare on Thursday afternoon. ... Full story

Chipinge Man Jailed For Insulting Mugabe

Chipinge, Sept 03, 2010 – A provincial magistrate here has sentenced a 23-year old man from Gaza Township here to one year in jail with hard labour for insulting President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Gets US$50m

Harare, September 1, 2010 - Zimbabwe has received a US$50 million loan from the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) for industry revival. ... Full story

ILO Gives Zim An Ultimatum

Harare, September 2, 2010 - The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has given the Zimbabwean government a one year period to reform all laws that infringe the rights of workers and comply with international labour standards. ... Full story

Mideast Talks Resume

Washington, September 2, 2010 - Israeli and Palestinian leaders have resumed direct talks today, seeking to clinch an elusive peace deal for the Middle East within a year despite deep scepticism and fresh violence. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Now Safe, Says SA

Cape Town, September 2, 2010 – The South African government says it believes some form of stability has returned to Zimbabwe and therefore, all Zimbabweans will now be treated like any other foreign national. ... Full story