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Biti Still Thinks His Job Is "The Worst In The World"

Johannesburg, 31 March 2011 - Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister, Tendai Biti, says he still feels his job is the “worst in the world” after almost three years at the helm of the country’s finances. ... Full story

Facebook Fan Granted Bail

Bulawayo, 31 March 2011 - High Court Judge Justice Nicholas Ndou on Thursday quashed Magistrate Gideon Ruwetsa’s ruling denying bail to Bulawayo resident Vikas Mavhudzi, who is charged with subverting a government by unconstitutional means. ... Full story

The Mail Newspaper Hits The Harare Streets

HARARE, March 31, 2011 - A new daily newspaper, The Mail, today hit the streets of Harare, bringing to five daily newspapers published in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

HCC Records Profits But Debts Rise To US$88million

Bulawayo, 31 March - Zimbabwe’s main coal mining company, Hwange Colliery Company (HCC) has recorded an operating profit about US$10 million compared to US$5.7 million registered in 2009 despite the company’s debts increasing to US$88 million. ... Full story

ZANU-PF offers Khaya-Moyo ministerial post

HARARE, March 31, 2011 – ZANU-PF has offered Simon Khaya-Moyo a ministerial post in a clear sign of appeasement after at least two party legislators defied the whipping system and voted for rivalry candidate Lovemore Moyo. ... Full story

High Court Judge Orders Immediate Release Of Mthwakazi Leaders

BULAWAYO,March 31,2011--- High Court Judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi on Thursday morning ordered the immediate release of two of the three Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders facing treason charges on bail after he rejected the state application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. ... Full story

Mugabe, Mutambara Arrives In Livingstone For Key Regional Summit

Harare, 31 March - President Robert Mugabe and his entourage arrived in Zambia on Wednesday to attend the SADC troika summit. ... Full story

Mangoma's Trial Resumes

The high profile trial of Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Harare, 31 March - Mangoma, who is charged with allegedly flouting tender procedures in the procurement of fuel resumed at the High Court on Wednesday after prison officials finally brought the MDC deputy treasurer-general to court. ... Full story

Egypt Style Activist Narrates Ordeal At The Hands Of State Security Agents

Harare, 31 March - One of the 46 activists arrested last month and charged of treason after organising a meeting to discuss political uprisings in Egypt and the Arab world say his treatment at the hands of state security agents left him convinced that Zanu PF wants to rule the country forever. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Tensions To Top SADC Summit

Livingstone, 31 March - African leaders on Thursday will try to defuse escalating tensions in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe is accused of cracking down on rivals ahead of polls expected later this year. ... Full story

Eric Knight To Launch Radio Station

London, 30 March - Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) disc jockey (DJ) Eric Knight is set to launch a radio station in the UK next week. Knight and another former popular ZBC DJ, Ezra Sibanda will next week launch their Visions FM. ... Full story

Libya rebels flee oil town under Gaddafi bombardment

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan rebels pulled out of the oil town of Ras Lanuf on Wednesday under heavy bombardment from Muammar Gaddafi's forces, showing up their weakness without Western air strikes to tip the scales in their favour. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Politburo Meets Over Electoral Defeat

Harare, March 30, 2011 - The Zanu (PF) politburo met in Harare on Wednesday still smarting from its embarrassing defeat in which its national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo was walloped by Lovemore Moyo from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) T. ... Full story

Christian Care Food For Work Programme Saves Chipinge Residents

Manzvire, March 30, 2011 - Drought has hit hard this part of Chipinge South and some women in this area have embarked on a food for work project that has been initiated by Christian Care a Non Governmental Organisation so that they can feed their families. ... Full story

Pay Rise For Soccer Referees

Harare, March 30, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has resolved to increase payment of referees because it believes they are poorly paid. ... Full story

MDC's Lovemore Moyo Retains Speaker's Post

HARARE, March 29, 2011 – MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) T national chairman Lovemore Moyo on Tuesday night trounced Zanu (PF) national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo to retain the post of Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Jonathan Moyo Caught Bribing MDC T Officials

HARARE, March 29, 2011 – PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party on Tuesday accused ZANU-PF spin-doctor Jonathan Moyo of attempting to bribe the party’s legislators by allegedly paying them US$5000 each to throw the vote in favour in the ZANU-PF candidate. ... Full story

Blow for MDC As State Vetoes Mangoma Bail Order Prohibiting Him From Voting

Harare, March 29 - Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma will not participate in an election to vote for the position of Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday afternoon after the State invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CPEA) to suspend his bail order. ... Full story

Tsvangirai briefs Namibian President Pohamba

Harare, March 29, 2011 - Movement Democratic Change(MDC-T) President and Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday met the Southern African Development Community (SADC) chair, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House in Windhoek, to brief him on the deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Kingdom Bank dishes out SA Rands

HARARE, March 29, 2011 - TOP flight commercial entity, Kingdom Bank Limited (Kingdom), founded and owned by international banking tycoon, Nigel Chanakira, has become the first commercial bank in Zimbabwe to dish out South African Rands. ... Full story

Smaller MDC Faction To Support Tsvangirai's MDC On Speaker Election

Harare, March 28- The smaller faction of the Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) led by Welshman Ncube said on Monday it will vote for Lovemore Moyo, the Morgan Tsvangirai MDC's candidate for the vacant position of speaker of Parliament. ... Full story

Two Reuters TV journalists Missing In Syria

London, March 28, 2011 - Two Reuters television journalists have been missing in Syria since Saturday night, when they were due to return to Lebanon. ... Full story

Heavy Shooting Erupts In Key Town In I.Coast's West

Abidjan, March 28, 2011 - Heavy gunfire and explosions rang out from the strategic town of Duekoue in western Ivory Coast on Monday, residents said, but it was not clear who was involved in the shooting. ... Full story

Libyan Rebels Stream West Towards Gaddafi Hometown

Ras Lanuf, Libya, March 28, 2011 - A steady stream of rebels in pick-up trucks mounted with machineguns drove towards Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte on Monday, seeking to extend their advance west. ... Full story

French President Honours Mukoko, Holland

Harare, March 28, 2011 - Prominent human rights defender and director for the Zimbabwe Peace Project, Jestina Mukoko, recently received the French National Order of the Legion of Honour award together with the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Sekai Holland for their sterling work in the defence for human rights. ... Full story

Mugabe Says No Going Back on Companies Takeover

HARARE, March 27, 2011- President Robert Mugabe on Sunday vowed to push for the take over of foreign owned companies in the country to allow locals to own 51 percent shares in every company with over US$ 500 000 capital. ... Full story

Capello Happy With England Performance

LONDON, March 27, 2011- England coach Fabio Capello felt that his team's 4-3-3 system was a key factor in his team's 2-0 win in Wales. ... Full story

Anti-Gaddafi Rebels Advance

TRIPOLI, March 27, 2011- Libyan rebels have recaptured three more towns and are moving quickly towards Muammar Gaddafi's heartland, the BBC reported on Sunday. ... Full story

Old Mutual Gems Loose Their Shine

LONDON, March 27, 2011- Listed Old Mutual has come under heavy attack from exiled Movement for Democratic Change politician Roy Bennett for its indirect investment in the Marange “blood-diamond” fields of Zimbabwe. But the company says the gems and their proceeds are tightly governed by the Kimberley process. ... Full story

Zuma, Tsvangirai Discuss Tensions In Unity Govt

JOHANNESBURG, March 27, 2011- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai met with South African President Jacob Zuma amid rising tensions within the unity government with President Robert Mugabe, according to local media. ... Full story

US Blacklists Firms Dealing In Zim Diamonds

JOHANNESBURG, March 27, 2011- The US government is going all out to blacklist trade with any international company found dealing in Zimbabwean diamonds, according to a report in The Times. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Turn To Convicts For Signatures

KAROI, March 27, 2011- Zanu (PF) officials in Karoi have turned to convicted inmates in a desperate bid to garner 2 Million signatures for their controversial anti-sanctions petition. ... Full story

Anti-Sanctions Petition Blues

HARARE, March 26, 2011- President Robert Mugabe’s anti-sanctions campaign appear to have been discredited after it emerged that Zanu (PF) activists and party heavyweights were appending their signatures on the petition more than once. ... Full story

Soldiers Force Villagers To Set Up Zanu (PF) Structures

LUPANE, March 26, 2011- Soldiers who have been deployed in Lupane to campaign for President Robert Mugabe,s party Zanu (PF) have moved from Gwampa Ward to other areas where they are intimidating villagers the majority of them supporters of the two MDC formations. ... Full story

Turkey To Treat Wounded Libyans

ANKARA, March 26, 2011- Turkey is planning to take hundreds of people wounded in the conflict in Libya to give them medical treatment, a senior official said in remarks published on Saturday. ... Full story

75 Dead In Myanmar Quake

YANGON, March 26, 2011- Rescuers on Saturday struggled to reach remote Myanmar towns hit by a powerful earthquake which killed 75 as rare images from the area showed roads torn apart and wooden homes reduced to piles of timber. ... Full story

Apology

Radio Vop website on Friday carried a story headlined “ Journalist Turned Politician Wins MDC Primary Elections. ” ... Full story

Warriors Travel Without Team Manager

HARARE, March 26, 2011- Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa and kit manager Joshua Khumalo were left behind on the African Cup of Nations trip to Mali as the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) could not afford to pay for more people. ... Full story

MDC-T Ministers Under Siege

HARARE, March 26, 2011- Zimbabwe's co-Minister of Home Affairs Theresa Makone is reported to be still in hiding following reports that police are planning to arrest her and other officials of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party. ... Full story

Zim Anglicans Forced To Worship In Pubs

HARARE, March 26, 2011- About 40 per cent of the country's Anglican churches are now in the hands of Nolbert Kunonga, who was unfrocked as Bishop of Harare in 2007 after he split from the Anglican province of Central Africa in protest at the introduction of homosexual priests. ... Full story

Hearing For MDC-T Urgent Application On Speaker Election To Be Heard Next Week

Harare, March 25,2011 - The High Court has set the hearing for the urgent application which seeks an order to compel Clerk of Court Austin Zvoma to call for the election of the now vacant post of Speaker of The House of Assembly to next Wednesday. ... Full story

Double Trouble For Human Rights Activist Facing Treason Charges

Harare, March 26, 2011 – As if getting arrested and languishing in prison for a month was not enough a punishment,one of the 46 human rights activists arrested and charged for treason found that she had become homeless after her release from prison on bail. ... Full story

Mangoma To Remain In Prison And To Face Trial

Harare, March 25 - Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini on Friday indicted Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma for trial at the High Court and committed him to prison. ... Full story

Mangoma Arrested Again

Harare, March 25, 2011 – Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma has been arrested again. ... Full story

Tsvangirai To Meet Zuma

Harare,March 25, 2011 -Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will on Saturday meet with the SADC facilitator and South Africa President Jacob Zuma to brief him on the crisis in Zimbabwe ahead of the Troika Organ Summit scheduled for Zambia next week. ... Full story

Fireworks Expected At Special Cabinet Meeting

Harare, March 24, 2011 - Fireworks is expected at Thursday's special cabinet meeting following recent tensions in the unity government as a result of the nullification of the post of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Speaker of Parliament, arbitrary arrests of MDC senior officials and violence that has rocked many parts of the country. ... Full story

State Blocks Mthwakazi Leaders' Release

BULAWAYO,March 24,2011 ---Three Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders facing treason charges will continue wallowing in remand prison despite the granting of bail by High Court after the state blocked the bail today (Thursday). ... Full story

Harare Governor And Politburo Member Karimanzira Dies

HARARE, March 24 – Harare metropolitan province governor and Zanu PF politburo member David Karimanzira has died. ... Full story

Clash Of The Moyos For Zimbabwe's Speaker Post Expected As MDC Goes To Court

Harare, March 24, 2011 - Prime Minister's Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party on Wednesday filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court seeking to compel Austin Zvoma, the Clerk of Parliament to re-convene sittings in Parliament and to declare as “null and void the purported adjournment of the House of Assembly. ... Full story

Cabinet Approves Diamond Mining And Marketing Framework

Harare, March 24, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Cabinet has tasked Finance Minister Tendai Biti to draft a framework for diamond mining and marketing in the country. ... Full story

Australia halts Japanese food imports

Australia, March 24, 2011 - Australia has ordered a ban on food imports from parts of Japan amid fears of radiation contamination from the country's crippled nuclear plant. ... Full story

Libyan Rebels Form 'Interim Government'

Libya, March 24, 2011 - Libya's pro-democracy fighters have formed an "interim government" even as forces backing the country's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, press ahead with attacks against them. ... Full story

World's Famous Actress Elizaeth Taylor Dies

Los Angeles, March 24, 2011 - Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor died on Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 79. ... Full story

Zim Tennis Player Toppled As Africa's Number 1

Harare, March 23, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s Nicole Dzenga has been toppled as Africa’ tennis Under 14 number one player by Nigeria’s Sarah Degoke. ... Full story

Rooftop Artists Acquitted

Chimanimani. March 23, 2011 - A Mutare Magistrate Nixon Mangoti has acquitted nine Rooftop artists who were charged with criminal nuisance after staging a political satire ‘Rituals’ in Chimanimani, in Manicaland Province. ... Full story

Delta withdraws Gender-Insensitive Advert

Harare, March 23, 2011 – Zimbabwe leading brewer, Delta Corporation has withdrawn its Redds cider drink advertisement after a media lobby group condemned it on the grounds that it was gender insensitive. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Apologises For Being In Contempt Of Court

Harare, March 23, 2011 -Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, has succumbed to threats of arrest and has withdrawn his comments against the Supreme Court ruling which nullified the election of Lovemore Moyo as Speaker of Parliament. ... Full story

MDC To Go To Court On Speaker Election

Harare, March 23, 2011 -The Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T)said on Tuesday It will take legal action against the decision taken by the Clerk of parliament Austin Zvoma to postpone the election of Speaker to Parliament. ... Full story

Zim Speaker Election Cancelled

Harare, March 22, 2011 – The election of a new Zimbabwe Speaker of Parliament was on Tuesday cancelled over reports that Zanu (PF) is confused about its choice of candidate. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Pilots On Strike

Harare, March 22, 2011 - Air Zimbabwe pilots on Tuesday went on strike to protest against the non payment of their allowances. ... Full story

Nkomo Elected Africa's Representative To The World Water Forum

Bulawayo, March 22, 2011 - Water Resources Minister, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, has been elected Africa’s representative to the World Water Forum (WWF) currently meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. ... Full story

Zanu Ndonga Leader Speaks Out

Checheche, March 22, 2011 - Wilson Tarugarira Khumbula, the long forgotten Zanu Ndonga leader, has come out of the political doldrums and likened Zimbabwe to a ship that does not have a captain. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Golf Team Select

Harare, March 22, 2011 - An eight member Zimbabwe squad has been selected for the Zone VI team championships in Mombasa, Kenya. ... Full story

Steam Rises From Stricken Japan Plant; Radiation Worry Grows

Tokyo, March 22, 2011 - Smoke and steam rose from two of the most threatening reactors at Japan's quake-crippled nuclear plant on Tuesday, suggesting the battle to avert a disastrous meltdown and stop the spread of radiation was far from won. ... Full story

Rival Rejects Poll Win Of Benin's Boni Yayi

Cotonou, March 22, 2011 - Benin became the latest African state to face a disputed presidential election on Monday as the main rival to President Boni Yayi rejected results giving the incumbent victory, declaring himself president instead. ... Full story

Strikes On Libya Set To Slow, Stalemate Feared

Tripoli, March 22, 2011 - Anti-aircraft fire rang out across Tripoli for a third night as air attacks were reported in the capital and on targets in eastern Libya. ... Full story

Mugabe Blasts 'Bloody Vampires' West For Attacking Libya

Harare, March 22, 2011 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe blasted 'bloody vampires' Western countries on Monday for attacking his long time ally Colonel Muammar Gaddafi saying the West is exposing double standards and is doing it to exploit oil resources in Libya. ... Full story

Zimbabweans In London Demonstrate Against Deportation And Political Violence

London, March 22, 2011 - Shouting “Mugabe must go” and waving placards stating “ Blood on Zuma’s hands, Do not throw us into the lion’s mouth, Mugabe will eat us all,” a small but passionate group of anti-Zimbabwe deportation protesters made their stand outside the South African embassy in London on Monday. ... Full story

Mthwakazi Leaders Are Bunch Of Criminals - State

Bulawayo, March 22, 2011 — State prosecutors on Monday described Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders facing treason charges as a bunch of criminals who should not be granted bail. ... Full story

Zim Facing Severe Food Shortages In Six Provinces

Harare, March 11, 2011 - Six of Zimbabwe's 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country's grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily said on Monday. ... Full story

Trinidad and Tobago Group Dedicates Commonwealth Week Performance To Zimbabwe

London, March 21, 2011 - A popular Caribbean musical outfit from Trinidad and Tobago dedicated its performances during the Commonwealth celebration week held in London and Cardiff to Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Small MDC Faction Drops Out Of Speaker's Race

Harare, March 21, 2011 – Welshman Ncube’s smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has resolved not to contest the controversial vacant post of Speaker of the House of Assembly. ... Full story

Villagers From anti-Sanctions Rally Battling For Life After Lorry Accident

Masvingo, March 21, 2011 – Hundreds of villagers who were being ferried to their homes after signing President Robert Mugabe's anti-sanctions petition are battling for their lives in Morgenster Mission Hospital here after a lorry which they were travelling in on Sunday morning failed to negotiate a corner and veered of the road before nose-diving into Mudzviru river - some 25 kilometres away from Masvingo town. ... Full story

Zuma Appoints New Diplomat To Harare

Harare, March 21, 2011 – South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed a new ambassador to Zimbabwe, Vusi Mavimbela. ... Full story

NSSA Increases Pension Payouts

Harare, March 21, 2011 - The financially beleaguered National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has increased pension payouts from US 25 per month to US$ 40. ... Full story

Western Powers Strike Libya For Second Night

Tripoli, March 21, 2011 - Western powers launched a second wave of air strikes on Libya early on Monday after halting the advance of Muammar Gaddafi's forces on Benghazi and targeting air defences to let their planes patrol the skies. ... Full story

Outrage, Hints Of Dissent Inside Gaddafi's Stronghold

Tripoli, March 21, 2011 - Allied air strikes may have galvanised Muammar Gaddafi's campaign against Western "terrorists" and "colonialists", but deep within his Tripoli stronghold muted murmurs of dissent persist. ... Full story

WHO Warns Of "Serious" Food Radiation In Disaster-Hit Japan

Tokyo, March 21, 2011 - The World Health Organisation said on Monday that radiation in food after an earthquake damaged a Japanese nuclear plant was a "serious situation", eclipsing clear signs of progress in a battle to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the reactors. ... Full story

Cricket World Cup: Zim Thrash Hapless Kenyans

Zimbabwe recorded their second win of the World Cup with a 161-run victory over Kenya in a dead rubber match. Tatenda Taibu (53) and Vusi Sibanda (61) rescued the Zimbabwe innings from 36-2 with a third-wicket stand of 110. ... Full story

Parties Form Committees To Deal With Violence

BULAWAYO, March 20, 2011-Churches in Bulawayo (CIB), a grouping of church organizations in the city, have been elected to chair multi party peace liaison committees that will handle issues related to election violence. ... Full story

Zim Set Kenya 309-Run Target In Final Group A Match

KOLKATA, March 20. 2011- Zimbabwe batsmen made merry against an insipid bowling performance to set Kenya a 309-run target in their World Cup Group A match on Sunday. ... Full story

Malema Yet To Collect His Cattle From Zim

HARARE, March 20, 2011- A herd of cattle is still awaiting Julius Malema and his ANC Youth League comrades almost a year after the livestock was offered to them as a gift by Zanu (PF) leaders during their visit to Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Zim Asylum-Seekers Face Mass Deportations

LONDON, March 20, 2011- Failed Zimbabwean asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom fear they could be forced into hiding if the authorities enforce a court ruling that empowers the Home Office to deport them. ... Full story

Moonlighting Now A Way Of Life For Zimbabweans

HARARE, March 20, 2011- Watson Chimbira mingles with mourners at the Chitungwiza cemetery outside Zimbabwe's capital, where he digs graves and paints epitaphs on metal plates that serve as temporary tombstones. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Youths Force Businesses To Close For Shamu Rally

MASVINGO, March 19, 2011-Rowdy (PF) youths clad in President Mugabe regalia forced the closure of shops Saturday morning and force marched people to attend the provincial anti-sanctions campaign launch at Mucheke Stadium. ... Full story

Human Shields Protect Gaddafi

TRIPOLI, March 20, 2011- Thousands of Libyans packed into Muammar Gaddafi's heavily fortified Tripoli compound to form a human shield against possible air strikes by allied forces. ... Full story

Nato Planes Attack Gaddafi Forces From Air And Sea

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2011- The UK, US and France have attacked Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the first action to enforce a UN-mandated no-fly zone. ... Full story

Motor Action Booted Out Of Champions League

HARARE, March 20,2011- Asec Mimosas went through to the third round of the Champions League after beating Zimbabwe,s Motor Action in a penalty shootout at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday. ... Full story

Taibu, Wise Man Of Zim Cricket

KANDY, March 20, 2011- Tatenda Taibu sees the Zimbabwe team as a family -- and his team mates clearly regard him as the daddy. ... Full story

MDC-T Rally Banned, Supporters Beaten By Police

HARARE, March 19, 2011- Police on Saturday went ahead and banned a rally organised by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party scheduled for Glammis Arena. ... Full story

Human Remains At Blanket Mine Are For FB Victims: Villagers

GWANDA, March 19, 2011- Villagers who live near Blanket Mine in Gwanda district have accused Mines Minister Obert Mpofu of misleading Zimbabweans about the discovery of human remains at a disused mine shaft this week. ... Full story

Chelsea Targets Sergio Ramos

LONDON, March 19, 2011- With Branislav Ivanovic increasingly used as a central defender and Jose Bosingwa struggling to find form after a long-term injury, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen to recruit a new right-back this summer. ... Full story

Zim Cricket Team Desperate For A Win

KOLKATA, March 19, 2011- Zimbabwe are desperate to prove they belong with cricket's big beasts as they wrap up their World Cup campaign against tournament whipping boys Kenya on Sunday. ... Full story

Gaddafi Troops Enter Rebel Controlled Benghazi

BENGHAZI, March 19, 2011- Pro-Gaddafi tanks are inside Libya's rebel stronghold of Benghazi, a BBC journalist has witnessed, as the city came under attack. ... Full story

SRDSIL's deal worth $1.2 bn with Zimbabwe a let down

SURAT, March 19, 2011- The Diamond Trading Company (DTC) sightholders and small diamantaires, who were part of the newly formed diamond consortium - Surat Rough Diamond Sourcing India Limited (SRDSIL) - have started backing off as the deal with Zimbabwe for the supply of $1.2 billion worth of rough diamonds has turned out to be a big let down. ... Full story

Zuma Sends Envoys To Zimbabwe And Libya

Pretoria, March 18, 2011 - President Jacob Zuma is to send envoys to represent him in Zimbabwe and Libya missions to find solutions to political conflicts and stalemates in these two countries. ... Full story

Saturday Star Rally To Proceed - Tsvangirai

Harare, March 18, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and leader of the main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) said his banned star rally will proceed as planned on Saturday because it was not illegal. ... Full story

US Govt Contributing To Zim's Education System

Chegutu, Zimbabwe, March 18, 2011: United States Ambassador Charles A. Ray said the United States continued to contribute towards the re-building of Zimbabwe’s education system despite claims by individuals facing travel and economic sanctions that its targeted sanctions are impacting on the country’s development. ... Full story

Zim/Japan signing ceremony cancelled As Japanese Ambassador Openly Weeps

HARARE, March 18, 2011 - THERE was drama here when the Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe, Koichi Morita, openly wept before invited guests gathered to witness the signing ceremony of a US$5,6 million grant his country was giving Zimbabwe for various infectious diseases protection for children. ... Full story

What is happening at Newsday?

By TI-ZIMBABWE Harare - On Tuesday 15 March, Newsday commented on the TI-Z report on Attorney Johannes Tomana entitled, Tomana’s reign as Attorney General: a trail of questionable decisions. ... Full story

Senegal Braces For "Tahrir Square" Protest Day

Dakar, March 18, 2011 - Government critics in Senegal are planning a protest on Saturday in the capital Dakar's main square, dubbing it "Tahrir" square for the day in homage to the epicentre of Egypt's uprising. ... Full story

UN Approves Military Force; Gaddafi Closes On Rebels

TRIPOLI/UNITED NATIONS, March 18, 2011 - The United Nations authorised military attacks on Muammar Gaddafi's forces, but his forces closed in on the Libyan rebels and he vowed to storm their stronghold with "no mercy, no pity". ... Full story

Japan Quake Survivors Too Shocked To Contemplate The Future

YAMADA/RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan, March 18, 2011 - A week after their lives were turned upside down by the biggest recorded earthquake in Japan's history, many survivors are too shocked to contemplate the future. ... Full story

Rooftop Actors Languish In Prison

Mutare, March 18, 2011 - Ten Rooftop Members charged with criminal nuisance will have to wait until next Tuesday to hear whether they will be freed or will have to stand trial for beating up drums at Nhedziwa Business Centre in Chimanimani during the performance of their political satire Rituals. ... Full story

Zimbabweans in Wales Blame Tsvangirai For Their Immigration Woes

Cardiff, March 18, 2011 - Zimbabweans living in the Welsh capital, Cardiff are blaming Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for their immigration woes. ... Full story

EU Aid To Zimbabwe Increases Despite Targeted Sanctions

Harare, March 18, 2011 - Despite slapping President Robert Mugabe and his many cronies with punitive sanctions, the European Union (EU) is still among Zimbabwe's largest donors dishing out Euro 1.5 billion (about US$2 billion) so far, Radio VOP can now reveal. ... Full story

All Cricket Roads Lead To Kwekwe This Weekend

Harare, March 18, 2011 - The Botswana Cricket Association Select and Midwest Rhinos, a franchise of Zimbabwe Cricket based in Kwekwe will be engaged in two friendly matches to be played on Friday and Sunday at Kwekwe Sports Club. ... Full story

Daily News Hits The Streets

Harare, March 18, 2011 — The Daily News hit the streets on Friday with a re-launch edition, nine months after the paper was licenced a move that will give Zimbabweans another alternative voice. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Saturday Star Rally Banned/Students forced to Sign anti-sanctions petition

Harare, March 17, 2011 - Zimbabwe police on Thursday banned the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) star rally that was set to be held on Saturday here by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

Mugabe Cannot Be Removed From Power The Egypt Style - UK Labour MP

London, March 17, 2011 - A UK Labour MP, Kate Hoey said President Robert Mugabe cannot be removed from power through force such as what has happened in countries like Egypt. ... Full story

Soldiers, Police, Journalists Forced To Sign Mugabe's Anti-Sanctions Petition

Masvingo, March 17, 2011 - In a desperate bid to meet the three million signatures, the former ruling party, Zanu (PF) has allegedly taken the anti-sanctions petition to the army barracks and police stations here where it is forcing all officers to sign it. ... Full story

Alarm Mounts As Japan Races Against Time To Cool Reactors

Tokyo, March 17, 2011 - Operators of a quake-crippled nuclear plant in Japan dumped water on overheating reactors on Thursday while the United States expressed growing alarm about leaking radiation and said it was sending aircraft to help Americans leave the country. ... Full story

Fighting Hits west Ivory Coast, Killings In Abidjan

Abidjan, March 17, 2011 - Fighting flared in a strategic town in western Ivory Coast on Wednesday, killing at least two people, with five more killed in Abidjan, as security forces cracked down on pro-Ouattara neighbourhoods. ... Full story

Battle For Benghazi Looms, Libya Army Issues Ultimatum

TRIPOLI, March 17, 2011 - The battle for control of rebel capital Benghazi looked just hours away on Thursday after the Libyan army told people to leave opposition-held locations and arms storage areas, but residents said the city was quiet. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Court Grants Bail To 6 Activists

Harare,March 17, 2011 - A Zimbabwe court on Wednesday freed on bail six civic activists accused on charges of treason for allegedly plotting an Egypt-style uprising against longtime ruler President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Zim's Freedom of Expression under Threat As AG Threatens Crackdown on Editors

Harare, March 16, 2011 - Zimbabwe's Attorney General, Johannes Tomana forced a Zimbabwean independent daily, NewsDay to retract a story accusing him of corruption after threatening the papers’ editors with arrest. ... Full story

Wife Of Zimbojam Founder Dies

Harare, March 16, 2011 Shingi Chimuriwo, wife of Zimbojam a respected entertainment website founder has died. ... Full story

MDC Calls For Demonstration Against UK Deportations

London, March 16, 2011 - The Movement for Democratic Change UK and Ireland External Assembly is calling for a demonstration to protest against the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe and the decision by the UK Home Office to start deporting failed asylum seekers back to Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Japan Emperor Makes Unprecedented Address To Nation

Tokyo, March 16, 2011 - Japanese Emperor Akihito made an unprecedented televised address to his disaster-stricken nation on Wednesday, saying he was "deeply worried" by the crisis at damaged nuclear reactors and urging people to help each other in difficult times. ... Full story

North, South Sudan Urged To Resume Separation Talks

Khartoum, March 16, 2011 - The United States and other world powers urged south and north Sudan on Tuesday to return to talks over the looming division of the country, and to control armed groups blamed for recent attacks. ... Full story

Gaddafi Forces Push Towards Rebels, No UN Move Yet

AJDABIYAH, Libya, March 16, 2011 - Muammar Gaddafi's forces pushed eastwards towards the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi and his government predicted victory within days while world powers debated imposing a no-fly zone to help stop him. ... Full story

Art mirrors EU, Zimbabwe Relationship

Harare, March 16, 2011 - Artists have been given a boost by the European Union (EU) which has collaborated with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) and the Friends of the Gallery to hold an exhibition titled Continental Dialogues starting on Saturday. ... Full story

Mapeza - Football Fans Expecting More from Him

Michael Kariati Harare - When the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) refused to give Norman Mapeza the job of national coach, opting for Madinda Ndlovu instead, there was an outcry from fans who thought he was the best man for the job. ... Full story

Tsvangirai to Address star Rally On Saturday

HARARE, March 16, 2011 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has lined up a star rally on Saturday in what insiders say is intended to brief supporters about the latest crisis in the government of national unity (GNU). ... Full story

Botswana/Zimbabwe To sign P500m Line Of Credit

Harare, March 16, 2011 - The Government of Zimbabwe (GOZ) and neighbouring Botswana, will sign a P500 million line of credit at the end of the month, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), has revealed. ... Full story

Arrested Zim Energy Minister Gets Bail

Harare, March 15, 2011 - High Court Judge Justice Samuel Kudya on Tuesday ripped through the State case against Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma describing it as “weak” as he granted bail to the troubled Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Deputy-Treasurer-General. ... Full story

Race for Speaker On

Harare, March 15, 2011 - The Welshman Ncube led Movement for Democratic Change will field Paul Themba Nyathi as the contestant for the vacant position of speaker of parliament. ... Full story

Air Zim Boss Arrested In Connection With Fraud

Harare, March 15, 2011 - Police on Monday arrested a senior Air Zimbabwe employee over a fraud case which happened at the troubled national airline two years ago. ... Full story

Masvingo United Deserted By sponsor

Masvingo, March 15, 2011- Premier soccer league returnees Masvingo United has fallen on hard times as the team’s main sponsor, businessman Petros Mutema, has deserted the once soccer powerhouse in the country. ... Full story

U.S. Urges Restraint By Gulf Nations In Bahrain

Washington, March 15, 2011 - The United States urged Saudi Arabia on Monday to show restraint after it sent troops to neighbouring Bahrain in a move some analysts said showed the limits of Washington's influence in the region. ... Full story

Burkina Shuts Universities After Student Protests

Ouagadougou, March 15, 2011 - The government closed all universities on Monday until further notice in response to protests triggered by the death of a student who had been detained in police custody. ... Full story

Tsvangirai's Risks Arrest/Seeks Regional Support

Harare, March 15, 2011 - Attorney General Johannes Tomana is going after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai whom he wants arrested for contempt of court at a time when the Prime Minister has just left Zimbabwe on a tour to seek regional support. ... Full story

Letters To Sam Mtukudzi, From Mom And Dad

Sam, it’s me your mom Sam mwanangu, I hear your voice again and again as you walk up to me. A shadow? No, this is my son. I want to call out your name, embrace you never to let go again. But my ears my eyes deceive me. Dreams too powerful they sweep me away. ... Full story

Police Raid MDC Headquarters

Harare, March 14, 2011 - Zimbabwe police raided Harvest House, the headquarters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) arresting five people whose charges are yet to be known. ... Full story

France Steps Up Efforts For Libya No-Fly Zone

AJDABIYAH, Libya, March 14, 2011 - France was stepping up efforts on Monday to persuade world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, as Muammar Gaddafi's troops battled rebel fighters for control of the strategic oil town of Brega. ... Full story

International Rescue Effort Gathers Pace In Quake-hit

Tokyo, March 14, 2011 - Rescue workers from more than a dozen countries searched ravaged northeastern coastal cities on Monday for survivors of a massive earthquake and tsunami, as an international effort to help Japan cope with its multiple disasters gathered pace. ... Full story

Libya Welcomes AU Panel, Slams Arab League

Cairo, March 14, 2011 - Libya said on Sunday it welcomed an African Union panel formed to try to end the Libyan crisis and said it would facilitate its work, while condemning an Arab League resolution calling for a no-fly zone over the country. ... Full story

More Than 42 Fighters Dead In Raid On South Sudan Town

Juba, Sudan, March 14, 011 - More than 40 militiamen and two soldiers died when rebel militias raided the capital of south Sudan's oil-producing Upper Nile state and took more than 100 children hostage in an orphanage, the southern army said. ... Full story

Queen Elizabeth II Fondly Remembers Zimbabwe

London, March 14, 2011 - Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday demonstrated just how fondly she still remembers Zimbabwe in a sentimental encounter with a group of Zimbabwean scholars. ... Full story

Late Hero Zvobgo’s Empire Crumbles

Masvingo, March 14, 2011 – The late firebrand Zanu (PF) politician and liberation war hero Edison Mudadirwa Zvobgo’s chain of hotels in Masvingo and Gweru, lodges and night clubs – all under Regency Leisure group are on verge of closure with sources close to the business saying the group owes its service providers and business partners about US$1,2 million dollars. ... Full story

Dynamos lifts Net One Charity Shield

Harare, March 14, 2011 - Sluggish Dynamos has lifted the Net One Charity Shield after overcoming Motor Action in a dull match at Rufaro Stadium Sunday. ... Full story

Henry Olonga Now A Father

Harare, March 14, 2011 Henry Olonga, the former Zimbabwe cricket player is now a father to a daughter called Talika. ... Full story

MDC Activists Relate Horror Stories

HARARE, March 13, 2011- Opposition activists in Zimbabwe have said that they were forced out of their homes and beaten for refusing to support President Robert Mugabe, claiming that the attacks are 'state sponsored,' as the police arrested those who complained, instead of helping them, Britain,s Sky News reported. ... Full story

160 May Have Radiation Exposure

TOKYO, March 13, 2011- The number of individuals exposed to radiation from the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan could be as high as 160, an official of Japan's nuclear safety agency said on Sunday. ... Full story

Peacekeeper Attacked In Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, March 13, 2011- A spokesperson for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast says a UN employee has been hospitalised with a head wound after being attacked. ... Full story

Political Think Tank Says MDC Has Failed Zimbabweans

LONDON, March 13, 2011- A United Kingdom based political think tank says it is time the mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) change its political strategy through a process of "regeneration" for it to regain public trust and keep the fight for democracy alive. ... Full story

Chimbaira Urges Zimbabweans To Vote For Ndebele President

BULAWAYO, March 13, 2011- The chairman of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction led by Welshman Ncube, Goodrich Chimbaira says Zimbabwean voters should seriously consider electing a president who comes from the Ndebele ethnic group. ... Full story

Unity Govt's Top Six To Hold Crisis Talks

HARARE, March 13, 2011- The top six leaders of Zimbabwe's fragile unity government are set to hold a crisis meeting next week in a bid to prevent the collapse of the GNU following the arrest of a senior cabinet minister and the ousting of the Speaker of Parliament this week, according to The Sunday Times of South Africa. ... Full story

We Will Play To Win: Zim,s Brendan Taylor

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka: Brendan Taylor must feel like a big fish in a small pond as the prolific opener represents Zimbabwe — one of the minnows of international cricket. ... Full story

Despite Major Steel Deal, Investors Doubt Zimbabwe

HARARE, March 13, 2011- Zimbabwe last week won its biggest foreign investment in a decade with a $750-million steel deal, but that left other firms even more confused about the rules of business in the troubled nation. ... Full story

Zim Group Iyasa Takes On The World

JOHANNESBURG, March 13, 2011-Globe trotting and internationally acclaimed Zimbabwe dance and theatre group, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa) is embarking on a world tour that will take it to three continents. ... Full story

Arsenal Must Win Big

Arsenal will attempt to banish the disappointment of their Champions League exit on Saturday when they travel to Old Trafford for an FA Cup quarterfinal showdown with Manchester United. ... Full story

Pak vs Zim: Pakistan Aim To Bury Black Caps Blip

PALLEKELE, March 12, 2011- Pakistan believe the heavy defeat to New Zealand will not derail their confidence going into Monday's clash with Zimbabwe where a win will ensure a World Cup quarterfinal spot. ... Full story

Bonde Is New De-Mbare Supporters Boss

HARARE, March 12, 2011- Philemon Bonde is the new Dynamos supporters chairman taking over from the departed long serving Richmond Bonyongwe. ... Full story

Gaddafi Troops Advance

TRIPOLI, March 12, 2011- Libyan fighter jets bombed anti-Faddafi forces on Friday as the European Union called on the Libyan leader to go and Barack Obama urged the world to keep up the pressure. ... Full story

Egypt Arrests Mubarak Allies

CAIRO, March 12, 2011- Egyptian police have arrested two members of Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party accused of organising violence against demonstrators during the uprising that swept him from the presidency. ... Full story

Explosion Blows Roof Off Unstable Reactor

FUKUSHIMA, March 12, 2011- An explosion blew the roof off an unstable reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday, Japanese media said, raising fears of a disastrous meltdown at a nuclear plant damaged in the massive earthquake that hit Japan. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Accused Of Confusing Zimbabweans

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has mastered the art of deceiving people and sometimes openly telling people what they want to hear in order to retain his position as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Mugabe's company grab threats tumbles Zimplats share prices

Harare,March 12, 2011 - Threats by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party to seize foreign owned companies in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the West on the 87 year leader has had negative impact on the share prices on the Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Zimplats), Radio Vop has learnt. ... Full story

MLF Members In Hiding, Four More Arrested

BULAWAYO, March 12, 2011- Police on Friday arrested four more officials of the militant Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) which is advocating for a separate state of Matabeleland. ... Full story

Zim Teachers' Right To Legal Representation Violated

Harare, March 11, 2011 - Disciplinary Committees constituted by the Ministry of Education Sport and Culture are denying teachers their right to legal representation according to the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) on its new website. ... Full story

Mthwakazi Leaders Have A Case To Answer - Magistrate

Bulawayo, March 11,2011- Bulawayo Regional Magistrate John Masimba on Friday dismissed refusal of remand application by the Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders saying they have a case to answer. ... Full story

Mangoma Indicted For trial, Committed To Remand Prison

Harare, March 11 - Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe on Friday indicted Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma for trial at the High Court on charges of criminal abuse of office. ... Full story

EU Appeals To Zuma On Zim's Election Roadmap/Sanctions To Stay

Harare, March 11, 2011 - European member countries ambassadors and representatives have appealed to Zimbabwe's political crisis mediator, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, to ensure an election road map for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

UK Govt Official Says Minister's Arrest - A Sinister Motive

Harare, March 11, 2011 - The British government has described the arrest of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Deputy Secretary General, Elton Mangoma and the reversal by the Supreme Court the election of its chairman, Livermore Mangoma as Speaker of Parliament as a “sinister” move by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party aimed at intimidating its political opponents ahead of a possible election. ... Full story

High Court Judge Dismisses State Appeal Against Mwonzora's Bail

Harare, March 11, 2011 - High Court Judge Justice Susan Mavangira has dismissed an appeal filed by the State seeking to nullify a bail order granted to Nyanga North legislator and Constitution Select Committee co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora and 23 Nyanga villagers. ... Full story

Villagers Homes Destroyed

Mwenezi, March 11, 2011 - About five families in Neshuro lost their homes on Wednesday after they were set alight by rowdy Zanu (PF) youths and boisterous war veterans who accused them of snubbing an anti-sanction petition meeting held over the weekend, as political violence surge in Masvingo province. ... Full story

Ivory Coast's Ouattara says AU Panel Confirms He Won

Addis Ababa, March 11, 2011 - Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday that a panel set up by the African Union to find a solution to the crisis in the West African nation has confirmed he won the disputed election. ... Full story

Gaddafi Threatens Offensive, Ignores Diplomatic Moves

Tripoli, March 11, 2011 - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son told rebels on Thursday they faced a full-scale assault to crush their three-week-old uprising as troops, tanks and warplanes punched into the rebel-held east of the country. ... Full story

Building On Fire As Strong Earthquake Jolts East Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 7.9 struck off the northeast coast of Japan Friday, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, causing at least one fire and triggering a six-metre (20-foot) tsunami warning, NHK television and witnesses reported. ... Full story

Theresa Makone Calls Journalist A Fool

Harare, March 11, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s Co-Minister of Home affairs and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) legislator, Theresa Makone on Thursday called a journalist who had posed a question at a press conference held at the party's headquarters at Harvest House a 'fool and very ignorant'. ... Full story

Former HIV Positive Mashaba Workers Appeal for Food

Mashava, March 11, 2011 – Over 400 HIV positive workers from the closed Shabani-Mashaba mines currently on Anti Retroviral (ARVs) treatment said on Thursday they were in dire need of food donations. ... Full story

Appeal Against Bennett Thrown Out

Harare, March 10, 2011 - Zimbabwe's Supreme Court threw out an appeal against the acquittal of Roy Bennett in an alleged plot to overthrow President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Says Zim In Crisis

Harare, March 10, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday said Zimbabwe's unity government was in crisis, citing the Supreme Court Judgement nullifying the election of Zimbabwe's speaker, Lovemore Moyo, the arrest of his minister, diamonds looting and violence that has rocked the country. ... Full story

Zim Supreme Court Nullifies Speaker's Election

Harare, March 10, 2011 - Zimbabwe's Supreme court ruled Thursday that the election of Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo in 2008 as head of the House of Assembly was null and void, a judgement which is set to cause confusion in the unity government formed over two years ago. ... Full story

Nelson Mandela 46664 Charity To Launch Fashion Label

Johannesburg, March 10, 2011 - Nelson Mandela's Aids charity 46664 is to launch an international fashion label, the former South African president's foundation has announced. ... Full story

Challenging Western Distortions About Zimbabwe's land Reform

Gregory Elich: March 2011 - Faced with Western sanctions, meddling and distorted media reports berating the cronyism and inefficiency underpinning Zimbabwe’s land reform, ‘resettled farmers are succeeding in spite of the obstacles thrown in their way’, argues Gregory Elich. ... Full story

Zim's MDC Energy Minister Mangoma Arrested

Harare, March 10, 2011 - Energy and Power Development minister, Elton Mangoma was arrested on Thursday morning for unknown charges although speculation was rife that it could be over the awarding of a multi-million dollar fuel tender to a little-known South African firm NOOA Petroleum which is not in the books of the State Procurement Board. ... Full story

Lady Gaga May Sue Over Breastmilk Ice Cream Name

London, March 10, 2011 - Pop singer Lady Gaga has threatened to sue a specialist ice cream parlour in London for naming its breast milk ice cream "Baby Gaga," the shop's owner said on Wednesday. ... Full story

New PM says will lift Ireland out of "darkest hour"

Dublin, March 10, 2011 - Ireland's Enda Kenny was elected prime minister with a record majority on Wednesday and pledged to lift the euro zone struggler out of its "darkest hour" as talks on a bailout loom. ... Full story

Ugandan police fire teargas at poll protesters

Kampala, March 10, 2011 - Police in the Ugandan capital fired teargas and shot bullets over the heads of hundreds of people protesting on Wednesday against President Yoweri Museveni's huge election win last month, Reuters witnesses said. ... Full story

EU And NATO To Meet On Libya After Day Of Battles

Tripoli, March 10, 2011 - NATO and the European Union begin two days of talks on Libya on Thursday focusing on a possible "no-fly" zone after some of the fiercest fighting on the ground in almost three weeks of clashes. ... Full story

Top UK Govt Officer And Former Mandela Lawyer Urges Zim To Respect Rule Of Law

London, March 10, 2011 - A senior official in the United Kingdom Conservative government says Zimbabwe has the potential to regain its place among the commonwealth League of Nations if it shows a genuine willingness to respect human rights and the rule of law. ... Full story

No justice for killings, torture in Zim: Human Rights Watch

Johannesburg, March 10, 2011 - The failure by the Zimbabwe government to investigate and prosecute killings, torture, and politically motivated violence since the 2008 elections is fueling further human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. ... Full story

82 Year Old Zim Villager Wallows In Remand Prison

Nyanga, March 10, 2011 - An 82 year-old villager is among the 24 detainees who are languishing in remand prison after High Court Judge Justice Susan Mavangira on Wednesday postponed the hearing of an appeal filed by the Attorney General (AG)’s Office challenging a bail order granted to the Nyanga villagers. ... Full story

Zimbabwe To Take Controlling Stake In Mines

Harare, March 2011 - Zimbabwe will effectively nationalise half of the country's key resources sector by setting up a sovereign wealth fund to own 51 percent stakes of mining companies, a government minister said on Wednesday. ... Full story

Mthwakazi Leaders Treason Case Postponed

Bulawayo, March 09,2011 - The refusal of remand hearing in Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders’ treason case ended prematurely on Wednesday at Bulawayo regional magistrate court after the defence team objected to the state’s move to bring as witness a senior police officer who was present in court when the hearing began. ... Full story

Mandela Remains Under Medical Supervision

Johanessburg, March 09, 2011 - Former president Nelson Mandela is resting at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg and is still under 24-hour supervision by his medical team. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Worst Soccer Ranking

Harare, March 09, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Warriors dropped to position 127 - one of their worst rankings in 18 years on the Fifa/Coca Cola World Rankings released Wednesday ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Mali in Bamako on March 26. ... Full story

Sokwanele Facts About Zimbabwe Women

•Life expectancy is just 33.5 years for Zimbabwean women – the lowest in the world.•At least 18% of the population lives with HIV and AIDS• ... Full story

Strong Quake Hits Northeast Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

Tokyo, March 09, 2011 - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 struck off the coast of northeast Japan Wednesday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. ... Full story

Gunfire Erupts in Abidjan, Gbagbo Forces Kill 4

Abidjan, March 09, 2011 - Thousands of women marched through Abidjan on Tuesday calling for Laurent Gbagbo to step down, but witnesses said security forces shot four people dead near the scene of one and another was broken up by armed youths. ... Full story

Libya no-fly zone must have UN backing: Clinton

Tripoli/Ras Lanuf, Libya, March 09, 2011 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made it clear Washington believes any decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya is a matter for the United Nations and should not be a U.S.-led initiative. ... Full story

Row between Mkoba Teachers' College and Former Students Deepens

Gweru, March 09, 2011 - The row between Mkoba Teacher's College (MTC) here and about 200 of its former students over refusal by the college to grant them certificates, two years after graduation for non-payment, is continuing with the students now living destitute lives. ... Full story

US Warns Zimbabwe on Iran Nuclear Ties

Washington, March 09, 2011 - The United States on Tuesday warned Zimbabwe it could face international penalties if it helped Iran's nuclear programme in defiance of U.N. sanctions and a global arms treaty. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Senator Seeks Class Action Against EU Over Sanctions

Harare, March 09, 2011 – A Zanu (PF) Senator Guy Georgias has moved a motion in Parliament for the inclusive government to institute a class action against the European Union (EU) at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against the contentious targeted measures slammed on President Robert Mugabe and his inner cabal. ... Full story

300 Business Tycoons Gather for Investment Conference

Harare, March 08, 2011 - More than 300 business executives from South Africa, London and the United states of America (US) are gathered in Harare for a one-day investment conference organised by Euro money Conferences in London. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Door-To-Door Registration Sparks Fear

Masvingo, March 08, 2011 – Masvingo residents said they were living in fear as Zanu (PF) youths and war veterans were moving door-to-door registering all people above 18 years and forcing them to attend meetings. ... Full story

Misa-Zimbabwe Demands Dropping Of Delta Beverage Advert As Police Bans Women's Day Commemorations

Harare, March 08, 2011 - The Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) has demanded an immediate drop of an advertisement by Delta beverages that denigrate women saying the company must apologise to women in the country in a statement to mark women's day that falls on March 08 of every year. ... Full story

Chirac On Trial In French Misuse Of Funds Case

Paris, March 08, 2011 - The trial of former French President Jacques Chirac for misuse of public funds began on Monday, but proceedings were promptly delayed by an appeal from a co-defendant which could see the trial postponed for months. ... Full story