On Gay Rights, Obama Lets Surrogates Lead

Honolulu, December 31, 2011— President Obama has long relied on his oratorical gifts to ease him through tricky political situations. But on the emotionally charged issue of gay rights, Mr. Obama has been content recently to let his lieutenants do the talking. And they have said some striking things. ... Full story

Zambia's Sata Reconciles With Malawi

Lusaka, December 31, 2011 - Zambian president Michael Sata said on Friday he had decided to reconcile with eastern neighbour Malawi after a diplomatic row over his 2007 deportation from that country when he was an opposition leader. ... Full story

Nigeria church bomb death toll rises

Abuja, December 31, 2011 - The death toll from a bomb attack on a church just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja on Christmas Day has risen to 37, with 57 people wounded, a source at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Friday. ... Full story

High Court Rules In Favour Of Zvoma On Urgency Of Case

Harare, December 31, 2011 - High Court Judge Francis Bere on Friday ruled that the case brought by embattled Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma was urgent. ... Full story

Indigenisation Move Turns Sour For Zanu –PF Youth Militia

Masvingo, December 31, 2011 -The controversial black empowerment and indigenisation policy fronted by Zanu-PF has backfired to its youth militias in Chiredzi who have been summoned to court after they forcibly grabbed three buildings in the sugar estate town owned by white people. ... Full story

Zifa Shifts Goal Posts

Harare, December 31, 2011- The Zimbabwe Football Association have shifted goalposts and have extended the deadline for the finalisation of the Asiagate scandal to March. ... Full story

Parliament Mull Suing Herald Newspaper

Harare, December 30, 2011– A committee of parliament drafting the country’s new constitution (Copac) is contemplating taking the state owned Herald newspaper to court for publishing constitutional material without its approval. ... Full story

US ‘Unfreezes’ Palestinian Money

Washington - The US State Department said Congress has released $40 million in aid to the Palestinians, part of the nearly $200 million that was frozen over their bid for full UN recognition. ... Full story

Egypt Forces Storm Offices of Pro-democracy Groups

Cairo, December 30, 2011 - Egyptian security forces have stormed the offices of 10 human rights and pro-democracy groups, including several based in the US, which were accused by the country's military rulers of destabilising security by fomenting protests with the help of foreign funding. ... Full story

Pasuwa To Stay At Dynamos

Harare, December 30, 2011- Calisto Pasuwa has agreed to stay at Dynamos after the two parties Thursday agreed on a three year deal ending the impasse that had left the popular Harare club without a coach and Pasuwa without a job. ... Full story

Police Charge Media Activist For ‘Denigrating’ Mugabe

Harare, December 30, 2011 ---- Zimbabwean police on Thursday charged prominent media activist Andrew Moyse with publishing statements allegedly denigrating President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Zim Politics Requires A Soft Heart: Tsvangirai Tells Mourners

Bulawayo ,December 30,2011---Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told more than 1000 mourners at MDC-T Senator for Mabutweni, Gladys Gombami- Dube's funeral at Mpopoma Methodist Church Thursday that Zimbabwe politics needs a very soft heart and a spirit of forgiveness, otherwise he would have killed many people in revenge. ... Full story

Police Bar MDC Nkayi Rallies

Bulawayo, December 30, 2011-- Police in Nkayi, Matebeleland North on Thursday barred two rallies of the Welshman Ncube led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) before beating up and chasing more than 200 villagers who had gathered for the party’s first rally. ... Full story

Nengomasha Mom Divulge Son’s Secrets

By Fungai Mambo, Harare, December 29, 2011– Secrets are often shared and kept amongst friends but when shared between mother and a celebrity son it might just be a whole different ball game as Zimbabwe’s international soccer star Tinashe Nengomasha has just learnt. ... Full story

Libya’s Former Rebels Seek Jobs

Tripoli, December 29, 2011 - Hundreds of former Libyan rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi this year have started filling out applications for jobs with the new government. ... Full story

AU Chief in Bissau After Coup Scare

Bissau, December 29, 2011 - The African Union's top executive arrived in Guinea-Bissau for talks Wednesday and said he was concerned two days after the troubled west African state's army chief claimed to have foiled a coup. ... Full story

North Korea Names New 'Supreme Leader'

Seoul, December 29, 2011 - North Korea on Thursday staged a massive memorial service for late leader Kim Jong-Il attended by tens of thousands, and declared his untested young son and successor the supreme party and military chief. ... Full story

Journalists and Rights Defenders Are Zim Heroes-Ray

Harare, December, 29, 2011-US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray has described the country’s Human Rights organisations and journalists as heroes for their continued courage of challenging the inclusive government to respect rule of law and human rights. ... Full story

A Tribute to The Prince

Michael Kariati-Harare, December 29, 2011-You cannot talk of Zimbabwean music without mentioning the name Prince Tendai Mupfurutsa. Composer, songwriter, singer, producer and promoter, he had all the hallmarks of a great all-rounder musician. ... Full story

Diamond Firm ‘Hires’ Plane for Mugabe As Air Zim Woes Haunt Mugabe

Harare, December 29, 2011-President Robert Mugabe has become the latest victim of chaos at Air Zimbabwe after he was forced to hire a private plane to ferry him to the Far East for his annual vacation last week. ... Full story

Tendai "Prince" Mupfurutsa Dies

Harare, December 29, 2011 – Tendai Mupfurutsa, the man who popularised barbered wire music, has died. ... Full story

Mujuru Faction Opens Parallel Party Offices In Bikita

Bikita-December 28, 2011 – Serious in-house fighting within Zanu-PF in Bikita District Coordinating Committee (DCC) has resulted in the warring factions opening two parallel party offices at Nyika Growth Point. ... Full story

Mel Gibson Loses Half His $850m

Los Angeles, December 28, 2011 - Mel Gibson's ex-wife has been awarded half his $850m fortune in their divorce settlement. ... Full story

Thatcher Iron Lady Image Softened

Los Angeles, December 28, 2011 - Making a film about an iconic politician like Britain's Margaret Thatcher is akin to walking into a movie minefield, and casting an American - even one as revered as Meryl Streep - is asking for more trouble. ... Full story

'Jealous Foreigners Made Us Poor': Mswati 111

Swaziland's absolute monarch, King Mswati III, has blamed foreigners who are “jealous” of his rule for his country's economic troubles, in his annual State of the Kingdom address to hundreds of traditional warriors. ... Full story

Nigeria Situation ‘Could Degenerate’

Abuja, December 28, 2011 - Northern Nigerian Christians said on Tuesday they feared that a spate of Christmas Day bombings by Islamist militants that killed over two dozen people could lead to a religious war in Africa's most populous country. ... Full story

Iran Threatens to Block Oil Shipments, as U.S. Prepares Sanctions

WASHINGTON, December 28, 2011 — A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply. ... Full story

Popular First Street Shoe Cleaner Kabudura Dies

Harare, December 28, 2011- Popular Harare First Street shoe cleaner Stan Kabudura has died. ... Full story

Chidzambwa Tipped To Lead Dynamos Again

Harare, December 28, 2011- Sunday Chidzambwa who took Dynamos to the finals of the 1998 Caf Champions League is back in the picture to take over his former position as the club’s director of coaching thereby effectively taking control of the senior team. ... Full story

Police Arrest Lake Chivero Boat Owner

Harare, December 28, 2011 - Zimbabwean police on Tuesday said they had arrested the owner of the boat that capsized killing 11 children at Lake Chivero on Christmas Day. ... Full story

Nigerians Fear More Church Attacks

Madalla, December 27, 2011 - Women returned to clean the blood from St Theresa Catholic Church on Monday and one man wept uncontrollably amid its debris as a Nigerian Christian association demanded protection for its churches. ... Full story

Chief Chundu Villagers Miss Christmas Due To Roadblocks

Chundu, December 27, 2011-Hundreds of Chief Chundu villagers missed the joy of meeting their relatives on the Christmas day after most of the visitors failed to get to their homes owing to heavy police road block which impounded vehicles which ply the area which has no busses. ... Full story

Zanu-PF Bigwigs Sell Free Maize Seed on Parallel Market

Magunje, December 27, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe’s continued support of land reform through free seed is backfiring as Zanu-PF delegates who attended the Bulawayo conference are allegedly selling it on the black-market here. ... Full story

Arifonso Zvenyika Pleads For Aid

Harare, December 27, 2011- Former two time Commonwealth flyweight boxing champion, Arifonso Zvenyika is pleading for assistance for his boxing centre which only has two sets of boxing gloves. ... Full story

Police Disperse Villagers Celebrating Christmas

Chitindiva, December 26, 2011-Police on Christmas day closed all shops at around 1800 hours and dispersed thousands of villagers celebrating Christmas accusing them of illegally gathering at the shopping centre. ... Full story

US Seeks To Salvage Alliance With Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, December 26, 2011 — With the United States facing the reality that its broad security partnership with Pakistan is over, American officials are seeking to salvage a more limited counterterrorism alliance that they acknowledge will complicate their ability to launch attacks against extremists and move supplies into Afghanistan. ... Full story

Gaddafi Children Aim To Destabilise Libya

Tripoli - The surviving children of Libya's dead dictator Muammar Gaddafi are determined to destabilise the country, National Transitional Council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Saturday. ... Full story

Nigeria Blames Christmas Terror on Boko Haram

Abuja, December 26, 2011 - Nigeria's national security adviser said in a statement on Sunday that Christmas Day bomb attacks targeting churches and a secret police office were carried out by Islamist group Boko Haram. ... Full story

Farm Workers Celebrate Christmas Without Salaries

Temgwe, December 26, 2011- Christmas celebrations were dampened by lack of money for most farm workers who went for several months without salaries. ... Full story

King Shady Expected To Perform in the UK

London, December 26, 2011- King Shaddy who failed to perform in the UK in the highly hyped Three Kings Tour featuring Nox and Stunner is expected to finally travel and make the Birmingham show on the 31 of December. ... Full story

Motor Action Contests Coach of the Year Award

Harare, December 26, 2011- Motor Action Football Club have written to the Zimbabwe Football Association contesting the selection of the 2011 Castle Coach of the Year Award that was won by Hwange coach -Tennant Chilumba. ... Full story

Kim Jong-Il's Last 'Loving' Gift - Fish

Seoul, December 25, 2011 - Kim Jong-Il's "loving care" for the North Korean people lingers even beyond his death, with residents in the capital enjoying a special treat of fresh fish, official media reported on Saturday. ... Full story

61 Die In Nigeria Violence

Maiduguri, December 25, 2011 - At least 61 people have been killed during several days of fighting in northeast Nigeria between security forces and a radical Muslim sect responsible for a series of increasingly bloody attacks in Africa's most populous nation, authorities said on Saturday. ... Full story

Hospitalised Inmate Skips Police Protection

Karoi, December 25, 2011- A prisoner faked illness to a magistrate and bolted out of Karoi hospital where he was under guard from two officers last Wednesday. ... Full story

Zapu Battling to Delete Zanu-PF Violence Tag

Hurungwe, December 25, 2011- Zapu claims to have made inroads into Hurungwe, Mashonaland West province among other areas as it position itself ahead of general elections. ... Full story

Gvt Extends Free Health Services to Pregnant Women First: Madzorera

Bulawayo, December 24, 2011—Health Minister Henry Madzorera said pregnant women and HIV/AIDS patients will not pay hospital fees at all government hospitals with effect next month. ... Full story

MDC-T Dismiss National Report on Constitution

Harare, December 24, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) last Friday disowned a national report on the constitutional making process that appeared in the government controlled Herald newspaper and accused Zanu-PF of trying to derail the charter making process. ... Full story

Air Zim Dispatch Senior Engineers To London

Harare, December 24, 2011-Zimbabwe’s troubled national airline, Air Zimbabwe has dispatched some of its senior engineers to beef up a technical team that is attending to one of its grounded long haul planes which developed a technical fault while in London. ... Full story

Stranded Air Zimbabwe Passengers Likely To Spend Christmas At UK Airport

Harare - Air Zimbabwe’s passengers stranded at London's Gatwick International Airport are likely to spend Christmas in the cold at one of London's international airports. ... Full story

Cash Crisis Hits Karoi Council

Karoi, December 23, 2011- Cash crisis hit Karoi town council as management called for an eleventh hour meeting to avert job action after failing to pay salaries for two months. ... Full story

People Wrench At Banks To Get Cash Ahead Of Christmas Holiday

Bulawayo, December 23 , 2011-There was chaos at most banks in Bulawayo on Friday morning as people jostled to withdraw money in preparation for the Christmas holiday. ... Full story

Blasts, Gunfire Rock Nigeria Cities

Kano - Multiple explosions and gunfire on Thursday rocked three cities in Nigeria's northeast, leaving at least one person dead in a region which has been badly hit by violence blamed on Islamists. ... Full story

Turkey Cuts Ties With France

Ankara, December 23, 2011 - Turkey announced on Thursday the suspension of political and military co-operation with France after French lawmakers approved a bill making it a crime to deny Armenian genocide. ... Full story

New Zealand PM: Quakes Frightening

Wellington - The latest powerful earthquakes to hit the devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch are "frightening and disheartening" for its beleaguered residents, Prime Minister John Key said on Friday. ... Full story

Chinhoyi Residents Snub Unity Day Commemorations

Chinhoyi, December 22, 2011- It was business as usual for most workers as shoppers made last minute rush ahead of weekend Christmas holidays. ... Full story

Obama Gets a Lift From Tax Battle With Republicans

Washington, December 22, 2011 — After a long stretch of high unemployment, legislative turmoil and, in turn, slipping public approval, President Obama seemed to regain his political footing this week with the help of House Republicans, whose handling of a standoff over payroll taxes had even leading conservatives accusing them of bungling the politically charged issue. ... Full story

HRW: DRC Forces Kill 24 Since Vote

Kinshasa, December 22, 2011 - Security forces killed at least 24 people and "arbitrarily" arrested dozens more in the Democratic Republic of Congo since Joseph Kabila's contested re-election on December 9, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. ... Full story

Book Cafe/Mannenburg Faces Closure

Harare, December 22, 2011- Artists and revelers have been left in shock with the news that Zimbabwe’s home of arts the Book Cafe and Mannenberg will close shop following Old Mutual Property told all tenants in the building that houses the two joints to make way for them. ... Full story

Zim Journos Face Bleak Christmas

Harare, December 22, 2011-It is going to be a bleak Christmas for most Zimbabwean journalists after some media house failed to pay their employees their December salaries and bonuses. ... Full story

I Now Have One Breast: Khupe

Bulawayo, December 22, 2011- Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe confirmed to Radio VOP that she now has one breast after undergoing a cancer chemotherapy treatment in South Africa last week. ... Full story

Chief Bans MDC's Friday Political Meetings

Chimanimani, December 21 2011 - Chief Caleb Zimunda of Zimunda area in Chimanimani has banned the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai from holding political meetings in the area on Fridays. ... Full story

China Urges Others To Help Keep North Korea Stable

Seoul, December 21, 2011 - China, which may have received advanced notice of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has moved swiftly to call on the United States and other countries to help maintain stability in the reclusive state, officials and news reports said. ... Full story

Kabila Vows To Rebuild Congo In New Term

Kinshasa, December 21, 2011 - Joseph Kabila was sworn in on Tuesday for a new term as president of Democratic Republic of Congo, promising to improve the business climate and rebuild infrastructure destroyed during decades of conflict. ... Full story

S.Africa's Malema Wins ANC Post Despite Suspension

Johannesburg, December 21, 2011 - South African firebrand Julius Malema was elected to a senior African National Congress post in his home province on Tuesday, in a boost to his troubled career and a sign of local support within the ruling party. ... Full story

Tongai Moyo's Family Hit Hard Times

Harare, December 21, 2011 - The family of the late famous musician, Tongai Moyo, is wallowing in poverty just two months after his death from a cancer ailment. ... Full story

Theft Charges Against Zimbabwe journalists Withdrawn

Harare, December 21, 2011 - The State Tuesday withdrew theft charges against two journalists from The Standard, leveled against them by Reserve Bank advisor Munyaradzi amid indications that criminal defamation charges, which the two also face, would be dropped. ... Full story

Lawyer, MP Cases Of Undermining Mugabe

Bindura, December 20, 2011 - The detention ordeal of Bindura human rights lawyer, Ernst Jena, who was accused of undermining the authority of or insulting President Robert Mugabe finally ended on Monday when he was granted bail by Bindura Magistrate Charles Murove. ... Full story

The Late Kim Jong-il Was A "Lovely" Man - Zanu (PF)

Harare, December 20, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) party has described the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il who died Saturday as a "lovely" man who was a joy to work with. ... Full story

Congo Opposition Leader Urges Armed Forces To Obey Him

Kinshasa, December 20, 2011 - Congo's top opposition figure on Sunday urged the armed forces to obey him after losing elections he said were fraudulent and added he would offer a "great prize" to anyone who captured President Joseph Kabila. ... Full story

Huge Trades Lift Turnover As Market Slides Further

By Ngoni Chanakira, Harare, December 20, 2011 - The market’s downward trend continued unabated despite an upsurge in turnover buoyed by huge back to back trades in Delta Corporation Limited, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Holdings Limited and Innscor Corporation Limited. ... Full story

North Korea Mourns Dead Leader, Son Is "Great Successor"

Seoul, December 20, 2011 - North Koreans poured into the streets on Monday to mourn the death of leader Kim Jong-il and state media hailed his untested son as the "Great Successor" of the reclusive state whose atomic weapons ambitions are a major threat to the region. ... Full story

Egypt Clashes Move Into 4th Day, US Worried

Cairo, December 20, 2011 - Egyptian security forces fought opponents of army rule in Cairo for a fourth day on Monday and the United States, worried by the violence, urged the generals to respect human rights. ... Full story

Zapu, Small MDC Faction Hail Death Of North Korea Dictator

Bulawayo, December 20, 2011 - Zapu and the small Movement DemocratiC Change (MDC) faction have hailed the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il who died on Saturday saying the man was behind the massacres of thousands of Zimbabweans during the Gukurahundi massacres in 1980s. ... Full story

More Woes As Impounded Air Zim Plane Develops Fault

Harare, December 20, 2011 - An Air Zimbabwe plane which was impounded in London last week could be holed up for some time before it is recovered after it emerged that it suffered some technical fault. ... Full story

Reggae Artist Mavado Kills Festive Season For Zimbabwe

Harare, December 20, 2011 - The selling of Sean Kingston's tickets for Mavado's show was already a bad omen for a festive season that showed so much yet disappointed before it has even reached full swing. ... Full story

North Korea Leader Dead, Son Hailed As "Great Successor"

Seoul, December 19, 2011 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack, state media reported on Monday, sparking concern over who is in real control of the nuclear renegade state as his untested youngest son takes over the family dynasty. ... Full story

S.Africa's Firebrand Malema Openly Mocks Zuma

Johannesburg, December 19, 2011 - Firebrand party rebel Julius Malema mocked South African President Jacob Zuma at a provincial conference this weekend, local media said, in the latest sign of a growing power struggle within the ruling ANC ahead of its leadership election next year. ... Full story

Iraq, a War Obama Didn’t Want, Shaped His Foreign Policy

Washington, December 18, 2011 — President Obama has made good on his campaign pledge to end the Iraq war, portraying the departure of the last troops as a chance to turn to nation-building at home. ... Full story

Nigeria Seizes Bomb Factory

Kano, December 18, 2011 - Nigerian authorities raided a bomb making factory on Saturday belonging to suspected members of an Islamist sect in the northeast, the military said, after gun and bomb attacks across northern Nigeria over four days killed at least seven people. ... Full story

Shut Down Air Zim: MDC-T

Harare, December 18, 2011--MDC-T wants troubled Air Zimbabwe to be shut down saying its problems mirror the plight of most parastatals. ... Full story

Sikhala Sets In Motion 2012 Election Campaign

Chivi, December 18, 2011- An early campaign for next year’s proposed presidential election has seen MDC 99 president and controversial politician Job ‘Wiwa’ Sikhala addressing five people at a rally at Chibi Growth Point on Friday. ... Full story

Zanu-PF Can’t Wake Up Drunk and Declare Elections: Biti

Harare, December 18, 2011-The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has vowed to block any attempts by Zanu-PF to reintroduce the Zimbabwe dollar insisting it will not allow the former ruling party to oil its election campaign machinery through the unpopular plan. ... Full story

They Want To Rule By Spilling Blood: Dabengwa

Bulawayo, December 18, 2011---Zapu President Dumiso Dabengwa last Saturday said his party pulled out of the 1987 unity accord with Zanu-PF because of the former ruling partner’s (Zanu) tendencies of harassing and killing innocent people in order to stay in power. ... Full story

Parly To Build Own Hotel

Harare, December 17, 2011 -The Zimbabwe parliament is set to build its own hotel to accommodate members of parliament when they are on parliamentary business in Harare. ... Full story

U.S., China Embroiled In Trade Spat Over Chicken Feet

Beijing, December 17, 2011 — The United States produces billions of broiler chickens each year, specially bred to be big and juicy, with plump, sturdy feet to hold them up. And for years, all those feet were considered excess parts, and mostly ground into pet food. ... Full story

Nigeria On Alert After Bomb Threats

Jos, December 17, 2011 - Pamphlets threatening bombings of churches and other areas have been posted in the Nigerian city of Jos, where Christmas Eve 2010 attacks and reprisals killed dozens, authorities said on Friday. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Suspends Flights To SA

Harare - Zimbabwe's state-owned airline has suspended flights to neighbouring South Africa over fears its planes could be seized for outstanding debts, a senior airline official told state media. ... Full story

ZAPU Castigates Mathema’s Interference, Asks Him To Back Off

Nompumelelo Moyo, December 17, 2011 - A war of words erupted between the Bulawayo Metropolitan governor Cain Mathema and the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) over the later’s 50th Jubilee anniversary celebrations penciled for Saturday at Barbourfields stadium. ... Full story

Villagers Snub Mugabe’s Seed Handouts

Buhera-, December 17, 2011- There was drama at Mashingaidze shopping center in Buhera Central Constituency this week as war veterans with aid of Zanu-PF youths in ward 17 tried to force hundreds of villagers to accept to accept President Mugabe’s maize seed donations. ... Full story

High Court Orders Release Of Media Monitors

Gwanda, December 17, 2011 – Bulawayo High Court Judge Nicholas Mathonsi last Friday upheld an earlier order by magistrate Douglas Zvenyika that three Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) advocacy officers who have been in custody for the past 12 days be released on bail of $50 bail each. ... Full story

No Reconciliation With Nkiwane’s ZCTU: Matombo

Charity Bulawayo, December 16, 2011-The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) led by Lovemore Matombo kicked off its Congress in Bulawayo Friday morning in spite of a High Court judgment expected later in the day. ... Full story

Mubarak, Ben Ali Assets To Be Seized

The Hague, December 16, 2011 - A probe to seize vast assets of deposed strongmen Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia has been launched in Europe and North America, a Eurojust spokesperson said on Thursday. ... Full story

U.S. Marks End to 9-Year War, Leaving an Uncertain Iraq

Baghdad, December 16, 2011 — At a crowded market in the city center here, the flotsam of the war is for sale. Ripped Fuel workout supplement. Ready-to-eat meals, macaroni and cheese “Mexican style.” Pistol holsters. Nothing seems off limits to the merchants out for a quick dinar, not even a bottle of prescription pills from a pharmacy in Waco, Tex., probably tossed out by a departing soldier. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Calls For Reforms Before Vote

Harare , December 16, 2011- Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai warned on Thursday that crucial reforms were needed before credible elections could take place. ... Full story

Mbada To Bankroll Bulls Caf Campaign

Harare, December 16, 2011- Mbada Diamonds have extended the $150 000 earmarked to bankroll the winners of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in their participation in the Caf Confederations to Motor Action’s Mighty Bulls who finished as the runners up 16 team tournament. ... Full story

Delta, Econet Lift Turnover As Bearish Conditions Persist

Harare, December 16, 2011 - Three special bargains in Delta Corporation Limited and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Holdings Limited helped the day’s turnover to surge to US$11,5 million as the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE's) Industrial Index recorded its ninth consecutive loss. ... Full story

Moyo Refuses To Back Down On Zvoma Motion

Harare, December 16, 2011 – Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo has refused to back down to pressure by Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma backed by some Zanu-PF MPs who want him to relieve himself from presiding over a motion seeking Zvoma’s immediate dismissal. ... Full story

Court Orders Mutambara To Step Down As MDC Leader

Bulawayo, December 15, 2011- A Bulawayo High Court Judge has ordered Professor Arthur Mutambara to stop purporting to be the president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), a principal in government and exercising any functions vested on the party’s president. ... Full story

Politicians Implicated In WikiLeaks Have No Case To Answer - Tomana

Ntabazinduna, December 15, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s Attorney General, Johannes Tamana has said politicians being investigated for allegedly committing acts of treason arising from the WikiLeaks cables have no case to answer as a number of reports in the whistle blower website were false. ... Full story

Egyptians Set To Give Islamists Biggest Bloc In Vote

Cairo, December 15, 2011 - Egyptians return to polling stations on Thursday in a phased election likely to give Islamists the biggest bloc in a parliament that will play a key role in drafting a new constitution after decades of autocratic rule. ... Full story

Gaddafi Daughter Seeks ICC Probe Into His Killing

Algiers, December 15, 2011 - A lawyer for Muammar Gaddafi's daughter said on Wednesday he had written to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ask if an investigation had been launched into the killing of her father and brother. ... Full story

Dynamos boss tells unhappy players to leave

Harare, December 15, 2011 - Dynamos players will not receive a single cent from the US$70 000 the club got for winning the 2011 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title, club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa has declared, adding that those not happy with the club’s decision are free to leave the club. ... Full story

Zim Journalists Lose Court Appeal

Harare, December 15, 2011 - A Harare magistrate has dismissed an application by the editor of The Standard newspaper to have his criminal defamation case referred to the Supreme Court, in yet another blow to press freedom in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Mugabe Begs International Support For Overcrowded Prisons

Ntabazinduna, December 15, 2011- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday begged for help from international donor community saying they should give support to Zimbabwe prisons, which are still in deplorable conditions despite formation of a unity government. ... Full story

Tsvangirai To Deliver End Of Year Statement To Parly

Harare, December 15, 2011 - Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai is on Thursday expected to deliver his end of year statement in Parliament, according to his press officer, Conrad Mwanawashe. ... Full story

KISS- FM Challenges BAZ Licensing Decision

Harare, December 15, 2011 - KISS-FM in which music superstar Oliver Mtukuzi has a stake, is challenging the awarding by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) of two radio licences to AB Communications and Zimpapers. ... Full story

Zim Clerk Of Parly Fights For His Job

Harare, December 14, 2011 – Embattled Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma has filed an urgent application with the High Court in desperate attempts to halt a motion in the house by legislators from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) T seeking his dismissal. ... Full story

Mugabe Blocks Shamu’s Wife For Senior Party Position

Chinhoyi, December 14, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe is said to have recently moved in to block another attempt by Zanu (PF) national commissar, Webster Shamu, to smuggle his wife into the Central Committee as division continue to rock the party in Mugabe's home province of Mashonaland West. ... Full story

Gunman Turns Belgian Christmas Market Into Bloodbath

LIEGE, Belgium, December 14, 2011 - A lone gunman brought carnage to the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday, spraying bullets at Christmas shoppers and hurling a grenade at people waiting for a bus, killing four people including a girl of 17 months before shooting himself dead. ... Full story

Chaotic Congo Vote Count Mars Credibility Of Result: EU

Kinshasa, December 14, 2011 - Lack of transparency during vote count in the Democratic Republic of Congo's elections, undermined the credibility of results in which incumbent Joseph Kabila was declared winner, the European Union's observer mission said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Job Sikhala Arrested

Harare, December 14, 2011 - Maverick MDC99 president Job Sikhala was arrested on Tuesday a day after he led a small band of supporters on a peaceful demonstration outside President Robert Mugabe’s offices demanding the disbandment of the coalition government. ... Full story

Zim Fails To Lure International Sports Star For Awards

Harare, December 14, 2011 - The Sports and Recreation Commission has failed to lure an international sports star to present prizes at Thursday’s Annual National Sports Awards as has been the tradition. ... Full story

Equities Sink Deep Into Losses

By Ngoni Chanakira, Harare, December 14, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) stocks closed the day deeply in the red weighed in by losses in heavy cap counters Delta Corporation Limited, ABC Financial Holdings Limited, CBZ Financial Holdings Limited, Old Mutual Limited and Dairibord Zimbabwe Holdings Limited as fears of a possible reintroduction of Zimbabwe dollar were re-ignited. ... Full story

Stunner, Footprynce, Nox, King Shaddy To Warm Up The UK

London, 14 December, 2011 - The UK has warmed up to the festive season with the promise of top notch performances from their own UK based urban musicians and Zimbabwean acts of the moment; Stunner, King Shaddy and Nox. ... Full story

MDC Youth Call For Advertisers Boycott For Zim's New Radio Stations

Bulawayo, December 13, 2011- The Movement for Democratic (MDC T) youth assembly has called on advertisers to boycott AB Communications and Zimpapers once they start broadcasting to protest against the licensing of the Zanu (PF) linked radio stations by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). ... Full story

Mujuru Memorial Service

Harare, December 13, 2011 - The memorial service of the late Retired General Solomon Mujuru is expected to be held next month five months after his mysterious death at his Beatrice Farm. ... Full story

ZSE Dips In Dull Week Opening Trades

By Ngoni Chanakira, Harare, December 13, 2011 - The losses on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) persisted in dull week opening trades driving the main stream Industrial Index down -0,64 percent down to 141.50 points. ... Full story

Chisora Offered Fight Of A Lifetime

Harare, December 13, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s British based heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora has been presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity following revelations that he has been offered a crack at Vitali Klitschko’s World Boxing Council heavyweight title. ... Full story

Soul Brothers Jet in Thursday for Zapu Jubilee celebrations

Nompumelelo Moyo, Bulawayo, December 12 2011 - Mbaqanga kings Soul Brothers have confirmed their participation at the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU)’s 50 years jubilee celebrations pencilled for this Saturday and are expected in the country on Thursday, a spokesperson of the political party has said. ... Full story

Grave Mistake To Endorse Mugabe – MDC-T

Harare, December 13, 2011 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Tuesday the just-ended Zanu (PF) conference made a grave mistake by endorsing President Robert Mugabe as its presidential candidate for next elections. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Plane Impounded In London

London, December 12, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s ailing state run airline, Air Zimbabwe’s woes worsened on Monday after one of its planes was impounded in London by a United States company. ... Full story

New Soccer Coaches Body Seeks Recognition

Harare, December 12, 2011 - The newly formed breakaway Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Union has written to the Zimbabwe Football Association seeking to be registered as one of the mother body’s affiliates. ... Full story

Death In Custody Follows Fresh Unrest In Chinese Village

Hong Kong, December 12, 2011 - A Chinese man accused of participating in a riot over land claims in September died in police custody on Sunday, threatening to fan tensions in a far southern region that has become a source of persistent unrest. ... Full story

Ivory Coast Vote Peaceful, Opposition Boycotts

Abidjan, December 12, 2011 - Ivory Coast awaited results from its first parliamentary election for a decade, with officials saying a boycott by the opposition had done little to disrupt voting in the country recovering from a crippling civil war. ... Full story

Zuma Accepts Nigerian Degree

Johannesburg, December 11, 2011 - President Jacob Zuma has accepted an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Adamawa, the presidency says. ... Full story

New EU Plan Fails To Inspire Confidence

Johannesburg , December 11, 2011– On Friday the European Union (EU) apparently ensured that no debt crisis would again afflict the eurozone, yet the current crisis rages on. ... Full story

Mugabe's Presidential Candidature, A Scandal: ZAPU

Nompumelelo Moyo, December 11, 2011 - The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) has rubbished resolutions by the just ended Zanu-PF national people conference to have elections held next year and mocked their (Zanu-PF) choice of candidate. ... Full story

Safa: We Pulled Jordaan From Elections

Pretoria, December 11, 2011- The South African Football Association (Safa) said on Saturday that contrary to media reports, it withdrew Dr Danny Jordaan's candidature from the elections for the Presidency of Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) on Friday. ... Full story

Sacred Tree Crash Spooks Zim

Harare, December 11, 2011 – A careless truck driver in Zimbabwe felled a tree from which a famous spirit medium and anti-colonial icon was reputedly hanged in 1898, sparking wild speculation across the country on Thursday. ... Full story

Zanu-PF Has Less Than A Million Supporters- Central Committee Report

Bulawayo, December 11, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has 579 312 supporters out of Zimbabwe’s estimated 13 million population, according to a Central Committee report tabled at the party’s conference in Bulawayo last Friday. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Bemoans Unity Government's Failure To End Rights Violations

Harare, December 11, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has bemoaned continued rights violations in the country despite the existence of the inclusive government which committed itself to upholding rights. ... Full story

Arubi Smiles All The Way To The Bank

Harare, December 10, 2011- Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi is smiling all the way to the bank a ahead of the Christmas festive period after receiving a total of $7 000 for being crowned both the 2011 Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year and the Goalkeeper of the Year Award Friday night. ... Full story

Moyo In Trouble For Insulting Tsvangirai

Harare, December 10, 2011 - The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has raised a complaint with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) over Zanu-PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo’s use of abusive language and hate speech against their Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

Russia, US Spar Over Election Unrest

Moscow, December 10, 2011 - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States of provoking post-election protests in Russia that have posed a surprise challenge to his decade-long era of domination. ... Full story

Egypt Islamists Fight Military Rulers Over Charter

Cairo, December 10, 2011 - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group set to dominate the new parliament, has accused the country's military rulers of trying to undercut the authority of elected legislators even before the house is seated. ... Full story

MDC-T Murder Accused Appeal To Supreme Court

Harare, December 10, 2011 -Seven jailed Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activists who were arrested in May on charges of murdering a police officer have filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against a ruling denying them bail by the High Court. ... Full story

Mugabe African Hero – Pan African Youth Leader

Nompumelelo Moyo, December 10, 2011 - Although largely unsupported by his own country’s youths, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has been hailed as the “last man standing” and “a hero and the only hope for African youth” by one of the youth leaders in the continent. ... Full story

Top Zanu PF Officials Worse Than Dogs: Sibanda

Bulawayo, December 09,2011—War veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda has blasted senior Zanu-PF leaders who were recently fingered in whistleblower website WikiLeaks saying “dogs” are even better than them ,as there are serious sellouts. ... Full story

State Invokes Section 121 To Deny Bail To Media Monitors

Gwanda, December 09, 2011 - Magistrate Douglas Zvenyika granted $50 bail each to three Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) advocacy officers but the order was immediately suspended following the invocation of Section 121. ... Full story

Obama Endorses Decision to Limit Morning-After Pill

Washington, December 09, 2011— President Obama, who took office pledging to put science ahead of politics, averted a skirmish with conservatives in the nation’s culture wars on Thursday by endorsing his health secretary’s decision to block over-the-counter sales of an after-sex contraceptive pill to girls under age 17. ... Full story

Congo Delays Election Results Again

Kinshasa, December 09, 2011 - Election authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday delayed the announcement of a winner in the country's presidential election for the second time this week, citing the need to cross-check results. ... Full story

Mawere Warns UK Companies Over Business Risks In Zimbabwe

Harare, December 09, 2011--Mutumwa Mawere has sought the help from the British Embassy in his fight to reclaim assets seized by government in 2004. ... Full story

Gaddafi Was Used And Killed By West: Mugabe

Bulawayo, December 09, 2011 –President Robert Mugabe on Thursday night denounced his longtime ally and late Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi saying he was used by the Western countries before being killed. ... Full story

Civil Servants Cautions Of Strike In The New Year

Harare, December 09 – Zimbabwe civil servants have given the cash-strapped coalition government until December 31, 2011, to address their grievances over low salaries or face a crippling industrial action in the New Year. ... Full story

ANC Pledges Continued Support To Zanu-PF

Bulawayo, December 08, 2011- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has pledged to continue supporting Zanu-PF saying , it is also important that the former liberation war movement win elections scheduled for next year. ... Full story

Zanu-PF Conference To Come Up With 2012 Election Manifesto

Bulawayo, December 08, 2011- Zanu-PF’s conference which takes off in Bulawayo will come up with an election manifesto, party spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo said, adding that this shows the former liberation war movement is ready for polls likely to be held next year. ... Full story

Sudanese Civilians Flee Border Violence

Juba/Khartoum, December 08, 2011 - The armed forces of Sudan and South Sudan clashed in a border region claimed by both sides on Wednesday, in a rare direct confrontation between the old civil war foes. ... Full story

Republicans Talk Tough On Iran

Washington, December 08, 2011 - Republican presidential candidates rattled sabres against Iran and skewered President Barack Obama for being soft in his support for Israel on Wednesday as they vied for the backing of Jewish Republicans. ... Full story

Victim Of Political Violence Releases Album

Harare, December 08 ,2011-Insipred by the political violence which he endured during the June 27 2008 presidential election run of, a Bikita man, Patson Murimoga has released a soulful six track album entitled “Mira Panzvimbo”. ... Full story

Castle Soccer Star Of The Year To Be Crowned Friday

Harare, December 08, 2011-The 2011 Castle Soccer Star of the Year will be unveiled on Friday at ceremony in which he will also receive his $5 000 prize money. ... Full story

US Joins Look-East Policy For Survival: Mugabe

Nompumelelo Moyo, Bulawayo, December 08, 2011- President Robert Mugabe has described the United States of America as a collapsing and heavily-indebted country now looking to the East like Zimbabwe for economic survival. ... Full story

Chief Summons Tsvangirai Over Marriage Taboo

Harare, December 7, 2011-A Zimbabwean chief has summoned Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to stand trial at the weekend for allegedly violating cultural rituals by marrying in November. ... Full story

Zim Media Monitors Remanded In Custody

Gwanda, December 07, 2011, - Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) advocacy offices arrested in Gwanda Monday will remain in custody at Gwanda Remand Prison after magistrate Douglas Zvenyika deferred his bail ruling to Friday saying he needed time to look at the voluminous papers presented by the state. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Mash West Division Saga Deepens

Chinhoyi, December 07, 2011 - Zanu (PF) national chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo threatened to bar Mashonaland West province from attending the party conference which officially starts Thursday after postponing elections in the province on three occasions. ... Full story

Bulawayo Business Snub Zanu (PF) Business Expo

Nompumelelo Moyo, Bulawayo, December 06, 2011 - Zanu (PF) supporters were on Tuesday putting final touches at their stands in preparation of the mini business exhibition to run alongside the party’s 12th Annual National People’s Conference which will be officially opened by President Robert Mugabe on Thursday. ... Full story

Five Picked For London Olympics

Harare, December 07, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee has picked five athletes for the 2012 London Olympic Games. ... Full story

Greece Passes Austerity Budget After Street Clashes

Athens, December 07, 2011 - Greece's coalition government on Wednesday passed an austerity 2012 budget aimed at shrinking its debt mountain with tax hikes and spending cuts, hours after protesters clashed with police outside parliament. ... Full story

Congo Delays Presidential Vote Results For 48 Hours

Kinshasa, December 07, 2011 - Results in the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential election have been delayed for a further two days as returns have not been received from all polling stations, officials said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Arrested Media Monitor Head Released

Harare, December 06, 2011- Police have released without charges Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe Coordinator Andrew Moyse who they arrested after searching the premises on allegations of showing videos of the Gukurahundi massacres. ... Full story

Media Monitor Head Arrested Over Gukurahundi

Harare, December 6, 2011-Police on Tuesday raided and picked up Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) Project Coordinator, Andrew Moyse for allegedly communicating falsehoods prejudicial to the State and confiscated compact discs from the organisation’s offices. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Has Nothing To Do With Tsvangirai Marriage- Party Spokesman

Harare, December 06, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) party says it has nothing to do with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's marriage failure. ... Full story

Putin's Party Has Domination Cut In Russia

Moscow, December 06, 2011 - Several thousand protesters took to the streets on Monday to demand an end to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule after voters cut his party's parliamentary majority in an election that was condemned as unfair by European monitors. ... Full story

Global Witness Pulls Out Of "Blood Diamond" Scheme

London, December 06, 2011 - Campaign group Global Witness has pulled out of the Kimberley Process, a scheme designed to prevent "blood diamonds" from entering the mainstream market, calling the scheme outdated and a failure, almost nine years after its launch. ... Full story

Plot To Arrest Tsvangirai - MDC-T

HARARE – December 06, 2011 – Zimbabwe’s shaky inclusive government is headed for a defining moment amid revelations that two senior Zanu (PF) cabinet ministers and members of the Central Intelligence Office (CIO) were working on a plot to arrest Prime Minister and President of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

Garan’anga To Star In Zimbabwe Open

Harare, December 06, 2011 - The United States of America based Zimbabwean tennis star Takanyi Garan’anga will be the star attraction in the Zimbabwe Open Tennis Tournament set to run at Harare Sports Club from December 13 to 17. ... Full story

Zim Theatre Group Quizzed Over Play

By Criswell Chisango, Karoi, December 06, 2011 - Two members of a theatre group based here, Baptism of Fire (BOF )were on Monday summoned by police over a play on the forthcoming referendum to chose a new constitution for Zimbabwe. ... Full story

The Stage Is Set For Zanu (PF) Conference

Nompumelelo Moyo, Bulawayo, December 06, 2011 – Zanu (PF) was on Monday morning accrediting delegates, journalists and other service providers like the police and nurses at the Bulawayo Polytechnic for its National People’s Conference which officially starts Thursday. ... Full story

Joshua Nkomo Statue Wrangle Continues

Nompumelelo Moyo, Bulawayo, December 06, 2011- Confusion continues to dog the erection of the late Vice President of Zimbabwe Joshua Nkomo’s statue with a senior member of the project revealing that the Ministry of Home Affairs is investigating the abandonment of the project by a Harare based construction company. ... Full story

Mujuru Exposes Mugabe

Roy Chikara, Masvingo, Decembe 05, 2011 - Vice President Joice Mujuru exposed her boss, President Robert Mugabe over the weekend, saying whenever she visited provinces Mugabe would ask her if she was not there 'to create some other presidents'. ... Full story

Media Monitors Arrested.

Gwanda, December 05, 2011 - Police detectives here have arrested three members of the Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) for allegedly holding an unsanctioned meeting to discuss media coverage in Matabeleland south last week. ... Full story