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Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe To Sell Seven Companies

Harare, May 31, 2011 - The cash strapped Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is offloading its shares in seven companies at a time when creditors owed millions of United States dollars are queuing to auction its assets. ... Full story

Relief For Alleged Treason Activists

Harare, May 31, 2011 - Six social, economic justice and human rights activists who were charged with treason in February for allegedly plotting to unseat President Robert Mugabe’s administration will now only report to the police once a month after High Court Judge Justice Samuel Kudya relaxed their reporting conditions. ... Full story

Rufaro Stadium To Host Nations Cup Tie

Harare, May 31, 2011 - The 2012 African Cup of Nations match between Mali and Zimbabwe’s Warriors will be played at Rufaro Stadium instead of the Warriors’ traditional home of the National Sports Stadium. ... Full story

Parliament To Discuss Controversial Chinese Military Academy

Harare, May 31, 2011 - Parliament is on Tuesday expected to discuss the controversial military and defence college which is being built on the outskirts of Harare at a cost of US$ 75 million dollars, according to a source who told Radio VOP that the matter had been placed on the order paper. ... Full story

Timbaland Disappoints Fans

Harare, May 31, 2011- Zimbabweans danced to the unmistakable velvet voice of Ciara and the outrageous dressed hip hop Lil Kim. ... Full story

Police Arrest MDC-T Activists In Midnight Raids

Harare, May 31, 2011 - Police officers in Harare arrested 15 activists belonging to the Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for allegedly taking part in the political violence that led to the death of a police officer in Harare's high density suburb of Glen View. ... Full story

FIFA Scandal Deepens, Blatter Denies Crisis Talk

Zurich, May 31, 2011 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter, facing a deepening corruption scandal including accusations that Qatar bought the right to stage the 2022 World Cup, denied there was a crisis and described the problems as local difficulties on Monday. ... Full story

Officers Disown Gaddafi As Peace Bid Stalls

Tripoli, May 31, 2011 - Under pressure from a new round of defections, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi renewed a cease-fire call in talks with an African mediator but gave no sign he will heed Western-led demands that he step down. ... Full story

Japan PM wants To Stay On To Resolve Nuclear Crisis

Tokyo, May 31, 2011 - Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who faces a likely no-confidence motion in parliament, said on Tuesday he wants to stay in his post to resolve the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ... Full story

Zim Villagers In Trouble Over Mugabe Praise Song

Chiweshe, May 30, 2011 - Three Chiweshe villagers are in trouble for allegedly twisting a song in praise of President Robert Mugabe and his deputies to also honour Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who formed a coalition government with the octogenarian leader to extricate the country from a decade long agonising economic and political crisis. ... Full story

Tuku Stands Up To Swazi Threats

Harare, May 30, 2011 – Musician Oliver Mtukudzi at the weekend stood up to threats from democracy campaigners in Swaziland who had warned to harm him if he performed at the Swaziland Festival of the Arts popularly known as the Bushfire Festival. ... Full story

Butler Accuses MDC Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Of Abuse

Harare, May 30, 2011 - The mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party appointed Ambassador to Australia has been accused by her butler of sordid and undiplomatic behaviour which does not befit the person of her stature. ... Full story

Muzhingi Makes It Three Out Of Three

Harare, May 30, 2011 - Stephen Muzhingi had aimed to make it three out of three this year. And he did exactly that on Sunday surpassing his own expectations and still remains determined to accomplish more. ... Full story

New Voters' Roll For Zim - ISS

Harare, May 30, 2011 - A South African based Institute of Security Studies (ISS) has called for a new voters' roll for Zimbabwe before fresh elections are held. ... Full story

Mohamed Bin Hammam Withdraws From FIFA Elections

ZURICH, May 29, 2011- Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar says he has pulled out of the race to head football's world governing body, Fifa. ... Full story

Nigerian President Sworn In

LAGOS, May 29, 2011- Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan is being sworn in as president for a new four-year term. ... Full story

Syrian Tanks Attack Two Central Towns

BEIRUT, May 29, 2011- Syrian government troops backed by tanks attacked Sunday two central towns that have seen intense protests against President Bashar Assad's regime, while security forces opened fire at demonstrators overnight in several parts of the country causing casualties, activists said. ... Full story

Mladic’s Neighbours Surprised By His Arrest

LAZAREVO, Serbia, May 29, 2011- It's hard to keep a secret in this leafy village in northern Serbia — and that's what makes war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic's arrest such a surprise. ... Full story

Messi’s Barcelona Capture Champions Crown

WEMBLEY, May 29, 2011- Led by another dominant performance from Lionel Messi, the Catalan club beat Manchester United, 3-1, yesterday to earn its third Champions League title in six seasons and No. 4 overall. ... Full story

Kimberley Process Urged To Resolve Zim Diamond Issue

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has called on the members of the Kimberley Process to resolve their internal disagreements on the issue of rough diamond exports from Zimbabwe, and without any further delay take the essential and courageous decision to allow Zimbabwe to export rough diamonds from all diamond mining areas in the country, including the controversial Marange fields in the eastern part of the country. ... Full story

Timba Looses Key Allies

HARARE, May 29,2011- ReNaissance Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) founder Patterson Timba has lost key allies after two top lawyers who were trustees to his family trust quit following the unearthing of financial shenanigans by the central bank. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Thanks SADC

HARARE, May 29, 2011- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has heaped praise on the Southern African Development (SADC) and its mediator in the Zimbabwe crisis, South African President Jacob Zuma, for showing patience in trying to find a lasting solution to the political stalemate in Harare, the Sunday Times has reported. ... Full story

Obama Wraps Up European Tour In Poland

WARSAW, MAY 28, 2011- US President Barack Obama has wrapped up his six-day European tour in Warsaw, meeting Polish political leaders. ... Full story

Egypt Eases Blockade At Gaza’s Rafah Border

GAZA, May 28, 2011- Egypt has relaxed restrictions at its border with the Gaza Strip, allowing many Palestinians to cross freely for the first time in four years. ... Full story

Zapu Says ‘No Unity Deal’ With Other Parties

BULAWAYO, May 28, 2011- The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) led by former Zipra intelligence chief, Dumiso Dabengwa has become the second political party to rule out any alliance with other parties in the next general election expected sometime next year. ... Full story

MDC-T Dissolves Foreign Structures

JOHANNESBURG, May 28, 2011- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party has appointed Nelson Chamisa to take charge of all the party’s external structures and dissolved provincial structures. ... Full story

Mugabe’s Henchman Lived A Comfortable Life

LONDON, May 28, 2011- Former Zimbabwean spy who admitted torturing and killing opposition supporters before fleeing to Britain has been working in a Bristol care home, according to Britain’s Evening Post. ... Full story

Two Men To Make Football History

LONDON, May 28, 2011- In his pre-match press conference at Wembley on Friday, Alex Ferguson stuck to the first rule of public speaking: always open with a gag. ... Full story

Stage Set For Match Made In Heaven

WEMBLEY, May 28, 2011- In the overwrought, over-hyped sport of football, where even the injunctions are super, where referees are not the only whistle-blowers, there comes a time when the sport clambers from the darkness and into the light. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Condemns Reckless Utterances By Army’s Top Brass

HARARE, May 28, 2011- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Friday said reckless utterances by the army’s top brass and their blind loyalty to President Robert Mugabe possed a serious threat to the security of the country. ... Full story

Outrage As Britain Protects Butcher Of MDC Members

LONDON, May 27, 2011- A former operative of Zimbabwe,s dreaded spy agency, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) has been allowed to stay in Britain despite confessing to killings and torture of MDC supporters and other activists in the country. ... Full story

No Water At Zifa Offices

HARARE, May 27, 2011- The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) headquarters at 53 Livingstone Avenue in Harare has run dry after the City of Harare disconnected water supplies for none payment of services. ... Full story

Commercial Farmer Arrested For Raping Minor

GWERU, May 27, 2011- A Gweru based white commercial farmer Brian Sydney Hein has been arrested for allegedly raping and impregnating a juvenile who is also one of his female employees. ... Full story

Mladic Arrested In Serbia

BELGRADE, May 26, 2011- Serbian authorities have arrested a man believed to be the former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, broadcaster B92 reported on Thursday. ... Full story

AU To Demand End To Nato Libya Strikes

ADDIS ABABA, May 26, 2011- African leaders on Thursday geared up to demand an outright end to Nato air strikes on Libya, accusing the West of sidelining African nations in efforts to end a conflict on their home turf. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Calls For Radio Licenses

Harare, May 26, 2011 - The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) which has been under fire for failing to issue out broadcasting licences in the country on Thursday announced invitations from prospective players to apply for two free to air national commercial radio licences. ... Full story

Parties Deadlocked On Election Timeframe: Tsvangirai

PLUMTREE, May 26, 2011-Zimbabwe’s political parties are deadlocked on the implementation timeframes of the election roadmap to guarantee free and fair polls, Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has said. ... Full story

Gono Wants Zim Dollar Back

HARARE, May 26, 2011 - THE Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Gideon Gono, has once again ignited his lost battle for the return of the worthless Zimbabwe dollar but, this time, backed by "gold bullion". ... Full story

Ghanaians Say Mugabe Is Best Leader In Africa

ACCRA, May 26, 2011- The people of Ghana where President Robert Mugabe lived during the first years of the struggle for independence and later married local woman Sarah Heyfron, strongly believe the veteran politician is the best leader in Africa.Some say he was sent by the Almighty himself to lead Africa. ... Full story

Maseko’s Trial Still On

BULAWAYO, May 26, 2011- Controversial Bulawayo visual artist Owen Maseko faces more than 20 years in jail for depicting the Gukurahundi massacres in which 20,000 people were killed by troops of the infamous Five Brigade in the early 80s. ... Full story

Home Office To Compensate Falsely Imprisoned Zim Immigrant

LONDON, May 26, 2011-Home Office here falsely imprisoned a failed Zimbabwean asylum seeker Shepherd Kambadzi a convicted sex offender in an immigration detention centre for nearly two years because of a failure to carry out regular reviews, a court has ruled. ... Full story

Air Zim Back In Business

HARARE, May 25, 2011- Air Zimbabwe has resumed domestic, regional and overseas flights after solving an impasse that saw Zambezi Airlines withdraw the aircraft it was leasing to the trouble carrier. ... Full story

MISA Says Govt Stifles Broadcasting

HARARE, May 25, 2011- An independent media freedom group says President Robert Mugabe,s party, Zanu (PF) keeps a "stranglehold" on broadcasting in the southern African nation. ... Full story

Never Use Toilet Reserved For President!

BULAWAYO, May 25, 2011-A junior police officer has been languishing at Fairbridge police detention barracks on the outskirts of Bulawayo for the past two weeks following his arrest for using toilets reserved for President Robert Mugabe during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) last month. ... Full story

Siwela’s Condition Worsens In Prison

BULAWAYO, May 25, 2011- Incacerated Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) senior official Paul Siwela has been admitted to a clinic at the notorious Khami Maximum Security Prison on the outskirts of Bulawayo after his blood pressure went up. ... Full story

Barca Should Beat Man United: Lineker

LONDON, May 25, 2011- Gary Lineker says Manchester United will only win Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley if Barcelona play badly. ... Full story

Palestinians Dismiss Netanyahu Speech

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011- Palestinian officials have dismissed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress, saying it will not lead to peace, according to the BBC. ... Full story

Masvingo Students Acquitted

MASVINGO, May 25, 2011-Three Masvingo polytechnic students who were dragged before the courts for undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority after they were caught watching a video which allegedly vilified the president were acquitted after the state failed to provide enough evidence against the trio. ... Full story

Oprah Donation To Rebuild School In Zim

JOHANNESBURG, May 25, 2011- Oprah Winfrey has donated $1.5 million to Westport’s Save the Children in order to rebuild a primary school in Zimbabwe and mark the end of her 25-season run. ... Full story

Flights Cancelled As Ash Cloud Threatens Europe

BRUSSELS, May 24, 2011- European air traffic controllers said on Tuesday morning that 252 flights had been cancelled as a volcanic ash cloud covered Scotland and Northern Ireland. ... Full story

UN Calls For Talks To End Abyei Crisis

GENEVA, May 24, 2011- The UN human rights chief condemned on Tuesday attacks on Sudan's flashpoint town of Abyei, and urged both Khartoum and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army to negotiate an end to the crisis. ... Full story

Namibian Police Deny Harassing Zim Civic Groups

WINDHOEK, May 24, 2011- The Namibian Police on Monday said a report that Zimbabwean activists were detained and thrown out of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit on Friday was a “fabricated” story, the Namibian newspaper reported. ... Full story

South Africa’s Version Of Noisy Neighbours, Zimbabwe

HARARE, May 24, 2011- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is always astonished when claims are made that his regime are infringing basic human rights and, if truth be told, he is actually right because the country doesn't have any. ... Full story

Judge Orders Release Of Coup Plotters

HARARE, May 24, 2011- High Court judge Joseph Musakwa has ordered the release of Albert Matapo and five other coup plotters with whom he is jointly charged for plotting the overthrow of President Robert Mugabe, saying their continued incarceration was unlawful. ... Full story

Disputed Town On Fire:UN

ABYEI, May 24, 2011- The Sudanese town of Abyei has been set on fire, with gunmen looting property, the United Nations says. ... Full story

Zim Model Takes On World

LONDON, May 24, 2011- A young Zimbabwean model is making waves in the international fashion world after appearing on the catwalk for top fashion brands Louis ... Full story

Obama Arrives In London Ahead Of Schedule

LONDON, May 24, 2011- US President Barack Obama has landed in Britain for a three-day state visit, the second stage of his four-nation trip through Europe. ... Full story

Nato Steps Up Airstrikes On Tripoli

TRIPOLI, May 24, 2011- Nato planes have launched a series of air attacks on Libya's capital, Tripoli, the heaviest so far of the campaign, correspondents say. ... Full story

Zulu Hit Back At Zanu (PF) Officials

HARARE, May 24, 2011- President Jacob Zuma’s international relations advisor Lindiwe Zulu has hit back at officials of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party saying their attacks will not stop her from doing her job and to help the people of Zimbabwe find a solution to the political crisis in their country. ... Full story

SADC Outcome Disappointing

WINDHOEK, May 24, 2011- THE virtual suspension of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal by the SADC Extraordinary Summit last week was “disappointing but expected”, according to lawyer Norman Tjombe. ... Full story

School Head Flees After Death Threats

MUTARE, May 24, 2011- the head of Mapo Primary School in Odzi area has fled from his school after receiving death threats from suspected liberation war veterans and Zanu (PF) militants. ... Full story

Zimrights Officials Arrested In Tsholotsho

TSHOLOTSHO, MAY 24, 2011- Police on Monday arrested two officials with Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) for allegedly holding an unsanctioned meeting with villagers. ... Full story

Sino-Zim Withdraws From Marange Diamond Deal

HARARE, May 23, 2011 - The joint venture between government and Chinese firm extracting diamonds from Marange is withdrawing from the controversial mining fields of Chiadzwa citing viability concerns, a government official said Monday. ... Full story

Ncube Rules Out Unity With MDC-T

HARARE, May 23, 2011- MDC leader Welshman Ncube has again ruled out prospects of a unity deal with Morgan Tsvangirai’s faction of the MDC ahead of future elections saying differences that divide the two factions are ‘too deep and strongly felt.’ ... Full story

Give Us Money, Not Treatment: Gukurahundi Survivors

JOHANNESBURG, May 23, 2011- Survivors of post independence Gukurahundi massacres who still have bullets lodged in their bodies say they don’t want medical treatment but financial assistance to ward off starvation and get out of poverty. ... Full story

Govt Promises To Revive Byo Industries

BULAWAYO, May 23, 2011- The marginalising government of Zimbabwe says it is seriously considering strategies aimed at revamping companies in Bulawayo through tariffs and incentives, which are aimed at protecting the local industry from foreign competition. ... Full story

Soccer Star Of The Year Gives Up On Prize Money

HARARE, May 23, 2011- Zimbabwe’s 2010 Soccer Star of the Year, Charles Sibanda has given up on his promised $3 500 winners prize after going for five months without getting his dues. ... Full story

Paine To Lead Australia In Zim

Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine has been named captain of the Australia A squad for next month's tour of Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Big Brother Africa Gets Dirty

JOHANNESBURG, May 22, 2011- Tanzanian representative in the Big Brother Africa Amplified Lotus was on Friday afternoon disqualified from continuing with the show after she slapped Luclay from South Africa who is up for eviction Sunday with three other female housemates. ... Full story

ANC Admits Defeat In Western Cape

CAPE TOWN, May 22, 2011- Internal challenges and a late start to campaigning cost the ruling African National Congress (ANC) heavily in the Western Cape, the party's leadership in the province conceded on Sunday. ... Full story

Wars Vets Petrol Bomb Chief’s Aide Homestead

BULAWAYO, May 22, 2011- Liberation war veterans have petrol bombed a homestead belonging an MDC-T supporter who is employed as an aide to a Zanu (PF) aligned Chief in Mberengwa West Constituency in the central province of Midlands. ... Full story

US ‘Would Repeat Bin Laden Raid’

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2011- US President Barack Obama has said he would order a similar operation to that which killed Osama Bin Laden if another militant leader was found in Pakistan. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Complains To ANC Over Lindiwe Zulu Statements

BULAWAYO, May 22, 2011- Zanu (P) has formally lodged a complaint with the South African ruling party, the ANC, over the behaviour of Ms Lindiwe Zulu, who is part of President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team, following "reckless and inflammatory" statements that she made regarding the succession law in Zimbabwe, it has emerged. ... Full story

What Zuma Can Learn From Mugabe

JOHANNESBURG, May 22, 2011- The African National Congress can learn a lot from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party, specifically how to avoid alienating its support base by following the same path to disaster employed by the dictator from 2000 onwards. ... Full story

Mining Companies At War With Gwayi Council Over Licences

LUPANE, May 22, 2011- A row has erupted between the Gwayi Sub –Catchment Council and the newly licensed coal –mining companies in Matabeleland North province on how the companies got their licences from Ministry of Mines and Development. ... Full story

Welshman Ncube

Harare 9 February 2011, Zimbabwe Minister for Industry Welshman Ncube congratulates Essar Holdings Deputy Chairman Ravi Ruia at the signing ceremony of a USD750 Million deal to revive the ZISCO Steel Company.

Bosso Player In Remand Prison For Assaulting Wife

BULAWAYO, May 21, 2011- A Highlanders Football Club player is languishing at Khami Remand Prison on the outskirts of the city following his arrest for assaulting his wife after she refused to cook supper for him at 12 midnight. ... Full story

Black Farmer Falls On Hard Times

HARARE, May 22, 2011- On the eve of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) extraordinary summit of heads of state in Namibia this weekend, a dispossessed black commercial farmer has been forced to sell packets of sugar to feed his family. ... Full story

White Gold Miner Raided By Police

Karoi, 22 March - Police on Friday were left with an egg on their faces when they raided a white gold miner without a search warrant only to emerge empty handed. ... Full story

Zim Nationals In SA May Be Allowed To Vote

JOHANNESBURG, May 22, 2011- The three principals of Zimbabwe's government of national unity have agreed on a number of critical measures to be implemented as part of ongoing preparations for free and fair elections. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Did Not Abuse Journalists: Tamborinyoka

HARARE, May 21, 2011- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka has defended his boss’s position in which he has been attacked by public media journalists for doubting their professionalism in face of the incessant propaganda being peddled by them. ... Full story

Tourism Boom In Kariba

Kariba- Few Zimbabweans witnessed the second opening of flood gates recently at Kariba dam wall within two months due to high volumes of water coming through the dam.

US Gives Funds To Fight AIDS Through Soccer

Harare, May 20, 2011 - The United States Embassy, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will give US$ 60 000 to the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) and Population Services International- Zimbabwe (PSI-Zim) to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through soccer. ... Full story

'I am A Victim of Hate Speech' - Tsvangirai

Harare, May 20, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he is a victim of hate speech by Zimbabwean journalists but said he is strong defender of press freedom. ... Full story

More Than 640 Hurt In South Africa Train Crash

Johannesburg, May 20, 2011 - A train crash injured more than 640 passengers on Thursday night in South Africa's Soweto township outside Johannesburg, local media reported, citing emergency services. ... Full story

Former IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Gets Bail In Sex Assault Case

New York/Washington, May 20, 2011 - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will leave jail on bail on Friday under the shadow of sexual assault charges as another French official, Christine Lagarde, builds support to succeed him. ... Full story

Mugabe Says He Is Not Ill

Harare, May 19, 2011 - Zimbabwe's 87-year-old president scoffed at speculation over his health as "misplaced" and said Thursday he and his wife are fitness enthusiasts. ... Full story

Swaziland Facing "Severe" Cash Crunch, IMF Says

Johannesburg, May 19, 2011 - JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Swaziland, one of Africa's poorest countries and its last absolute monarchy, is near financial collapse, with a budget deficit of 14.3 percent of GDP and rapidly dwindling foreign reserves, the IMF said. ... Full story

Opposition Gains Ground In South African Vote

Johannesburg, May 19, 2011 - South Africa's opposition made gains in early municipal election results on Thursday in what could indicate growing frustration with the ruling ANC party that helped bring down apartheid 17 years ago. ... Full story

Al Qaeda Releases Posthumous Bin Laden Audio Recording

Cairo, May 19, 2011 - (Reuters) - Al Qaeda released a posthumous audio recording by Osama bin Laden in which he praised revolutions sweeping through several Arab countries, and called for more Muslim "tyrants" to be toppled. ... Full story

IMF Chief Resigns, Debate On Successor Heats Up

New York, May 19, 2011 - Reuters) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF, saying he needs all his energy to fight charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid, prompting an immediate political tug-of-war over his job on Thursday. ... Full story

No to elections, Zim still fragile; Civic society

Harare, May 19, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe is insisting on elections this year despite resistance from the Zimbabwe civic society organisations and the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). ... Full story

Karoi Residents Snub Zanu (PF) Audit Exercise

Karoi, May 19, 2011 - Residents here have for the past five days snubbed a Zanu (PF)'s audit and verification exercise that kicked off at the weekend. ... Full story

Germans Withhold Investment Plans In Zim

Harare, May 19,2011 - The eight member delegation of the Germany parliament which has been in the country for the past two days said the Indigenisation regulations in the country that are forcing foreigners to part away with 51 percent shareholding to locals are scaring their nationals to invest in the country. ... Full story

SADC Suspend Zim Crisis Agenda At Summit

Harare, May 19, 2011 - South African President Jacob Zuma's absenteeism at the South African Development Community (SADC) extra ordinary summit has shelved off plans to discuss Zimbabwe political crisis on Friday in Windhoek, a top diplomat said on Wednesday. ... Full story

Massive Manhunt For Army Deserters

Gwanda, May 19 2011 - Zimbabwe Intelligence Corps alongside the military police are involved in a massive track down operation targeting hundreds of men and women who deserted the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) at the height of political and economical turmoil a decade ago. ... Full story

Tonga Language To Be Tested For First Time

Harare, May 19, 2011 - The Tonga Language will be tested at Grade seven level for the first time in Zimbabwe, Radio VOP can exclusively reveal. ... Full story

State Submitted Wrong Evidence In MDC's Minister Trial

Harare, May 18, 2011 - The state on Wednesday admitted to inserting wrong evidence papers in charging the Movement for Democratic (MDC) Deputy Treasurer General and Energy and Power Development Minister, Elton Mangoma when his trial continued in the capital in which he is facing charges of abusing public office. ... Full story

Zanu PF Youths Continue To Seize Buildings

Bulawayo, May 18,2011 - There was chaos in Bulawayo on Tuesday as riot police engaged in running battles with Zanu (PF) youths who invaded yet another building in the second capital. ... Full story

Chief In Trouble Over Disappearance Of Anti-sanctions Forms

Chimanimani, May 18, 2011 Zanu (PF) officials in Chimanimani are baying for the blood of chief Mwareka Satiya of Chimanimani after the chief failed to account for more than 500 anti –sanction petition forms which the chief was allocated by the party to distribute to his subjects. ... Full story

Libya's Top Oil Official Defects: Tunisian Source

TRIPOLI/TUNIS, May 18, 2011 - The chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation has defected from Muammar Gaddafi's administration and fled to neighbouring Tunisia, a Tunisian security source said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Toilet Row Grabs Headlines As South Africans Vote

Johannesburg, May 18, 2011 - South Africans head to the polls on Wednesday for municipal elections in which squalid unenclosed toilets built for the country's poor have become a potent symbol of local government neglect. ... Full story

Al Qaeda Names Adel As Interim Chief: Report

Dubai, May 18, 2011 - Al Jazeera television said al Qaeda has appointed a temporary leader and a new head of operations following the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos, citing its own correspondent on Wednesday. ... Full story

Jailed IMF Chief Under Pressure To Quit

New York/Washington, May 18, 2011 - Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced growing pressure to quit as head of the IMF after his arrest on attempted rape charges, and Europe sought to fend off a challenge from developing countries to fill a post it has traditionally held. ... Full story

Police Stop Bank Workers Demonstration

HARARE, May 18, 2011 – POLICE on Tuesday cancelled a proposed peaceful solidarity demonstration by bank workers over a salary dispute pitting Stanbic Bank management and junior staff that are up in arms over low wages and poor working conditions. ... Full story

Tsvangirai's MDC Clarifies Its Position On SADC summit

Harare, May 18,2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has dismissed as false claims by presidential spokesman George Charamba that there is a government position to be presented at Friday's Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Windhoek, Namibia. ... Full story

Fresh Woes For Air Zim As Airline Abandons Flights

Harare, May 18, 2011 - Several passengers were on Tuesday left stranded at Harare International Airport after Air Zimbabwe failed to fly to Johannesburg while one of its Chinese made aircraft developed a technical fault. ... Full story

ZUJ blasts Tsvangirai And Mines Minister For Attacking Journos

Harare, May 18, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) has warned Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu against politicising the profession of journalism. ... Full story

Bikita MDC MP Acquitted

Bikita, May 18, 2011 – Bikita resident magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini has acquitted Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) legislator for Bikita South Jani Vharendini on Tuesday. ... Full story

Elephants Wreck Havoc To Police Crops

Bulawayo, May 18, 2011 - Elephants have invaded and destroyed about five hectares of planted maize crop that was awaiting harvest at a police owned farm in Inyathi, Matabeleland North province of Zimbabwe. ... Full story

SADC Set To Discuss Zim Land Reform

Harare, May 17, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s controversial land reform programme is set to take centre stage in the upcoming Southern African Development Community (SADC) special summit on Zimbabwe to be held on Friday, a SADC official has told Radio VOP. ... Full story

Abducted Zim Journalists To Apply For Stay Of Prosecution

Harare, May 17, 2011 - Freelance journalist Andrison Manyere and six other activists facing charges of banditry and sabotage are set to appear before the country's Supreme Court to seek a stay of prosecution until determination of the violation of their rights has been made. ... Full story

Komichi To Instil Discipline In MDC-T

Harare, May 17, 2011 - The newly elected Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC–T) Deputy Chairman Morgan Komichi has warned that his office will act decisively on all pending disciplinary cases in the party and instil a culture of discipline and sanity without fear or favour. ... Full story

Germany Parliamentarians Raise Concern Over Increased violence

Harare, May 17, 2011 - A group of Germany parliamentarians visiting the country have expressed concern over continued violence in the country just over two years after the country's governing parties signed a unity pact . ... Full story

Mubarak wife's Offer To Return Money 'Enough': TV

Cairo, May 17, 2011 - Egypt's judiciary, which is investigating former first lady Suzanne Mubarak for corruption, would be satisfied if she returns some money to the state, the justice minister told Al Arabiya television on Tuesday. ... Full story

IMF Chief, Denied Bail, Prompts Shock In France

New York/Paris, May 17, 2011 - Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent a third night in a New York jail, prompting expressions of shock among some in France that the IMF chief had been denied bail on attempted rape charges that may scupper his French presidential hopes. ... Full story

Smaller MDC Faction Circus Continues

Harare, May 16, 2011 - Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, ousted leader of the small Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has re-constituted a new national executive as he intensifies the battles to keep his position in the inclusive government. ... Full story

Egypt doctors fail to complete test on Mubarak's wife: paper

Cairo, May 16, 2011 - Doctors failed to complete a heart test on the wife of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a state newspaper said on Monday, potentially prolonging a stay in hospital after anti-corruption authorities ordered her detention. ... Full story

Ugandan Police Cordon Off Opposition Leader's House

Kampala, May 16, 2011 - Uganda's main opposition leader, who has been leading anti-government protests for more than a month, is under effective house arrest after police surrounded his home on Monday, his party said. ... Full story

IMF Chief To Face NY court In sex Assault Case

New York, May 16, 2011 - IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn makes his first appearance in court on Monday since being accused of trying to rape a hotel maid in a case that sent shockwaves through French politics and left the IMF in turmoil. ... Full story

Foot And Mouth Vaccines Run Out In Mat South

Gwanda, 16 May 2011 – Thousands of cattle in Matabeleland South province could succumb to the deadly Foot and Mouth disease amid revelations that the region has run out of vaccines to fight the highly contagious disease. ... Full story

Wild Celebrations As Mighty Warriors Qualifies For All Africa Games

Harare, May 16, 2011 - Wild scenes of celebration rocked the streets of Harare as fans celebrated the Mighty Warriors’ qualification to the All Africa Games following a 2-0 victory over Angola at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday to give them a 3-1 aggregate victory. ... Full story

Former Zim's Permanent Representative To The UN In Messy Divorce

Harare, May 16, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s controversial and former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Boniface Chidyausiku is entangled in a messy divorce with his wife, Evelyn, who is demanding $35 000 from the diplomat’s partner for allegedly committing adultery and breaking her marriage of 27 years. ... Full story

Zim's Vimbai Survives Big Brother Eviction

Harare, May 16, 2011 - One of Zimbabwe's representative in the Big Brother Africa (Amplified) reality show, Vimbai, survived eviction on Sunday. ... Full story

Highlanders Punished For Withdrawing From Confederations Cup

JOHANNESBURG, May 15, 2011- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned Zimbabwe’s Highlanders Football Club, Botswana’s Township Rollers and Tourbillon of Chad for withdrawing from the Confederations Cup,Africa’s version of the Europa League. ... Full story

Zim Economy Not Ready For Elections: Gono

HARARE, May 15, 2011- Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Gideon Gono says the country's economy is still recovering and cannot sustain an election, The Sunday Mail reported. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Leaders Cling To Farms Acquired During Land Grab

BULAWAYO, May 15, 2011- Scores of senior Zanu (PF) officials, including close family members of President Robert Mugabe continue to cling to multiple farms which they obtained free of charge under the controversial land reform programme. ... Full story

Zanu(PF) Rebuilds Structures As MDC Penetrates Its Strongholds

HURUNGWE, May 15, 2011- Zanu (PF) is reported to have deployed its officials and some elements from the military to revive and verify its structures which are said to be under threat as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) continues to gain access into the strongholds of the former ruling party. ... Full story

Concern Grows For Detained Somali Refugees In Beitbridge

BEITBRIDGE, May 15, 2011- More than one hundred Somali refugees and others from the Horn of Africa are languishing at the filthy and disease-infested Beitbridge prison. ... Full story

Mixed Reaction After Zim’s Gamu Wins Appeal To Stay In UK

HARARE, May 15, 2011- Social networking site, Facebook was awash with messages of happiness after news trickled that former X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu and her family have won their appeal to remain in the United Kingdom. ... Full story

White House Dashes Rebel Hopes Of Recognition

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2011- The United States has stopped short of recognising Libya's National Transitional Council as the country's legitimate government. ... Full story

Residents’ Faith In Zuma Fades

JOHANNESBURG, May 14, 2011- When President Jacob Zuma visited the Sweetwater Informal Settlement a year ago today he was shocked at how human beings were “living like pigs”. ... Full story

Nato Bombs Cannot Reach Me:Gaddafi

TRIPOLI, May 14, 2011- Tripoli - Muammar Gaddafi said on Friday he is in a place where Nato bombs cannot reach him, after his government spokesperson denied suggestions that the Libyan leader was wounded and on the run. ... Full story

Pakistan Condemns Bin Laden Raid

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2011- Pakistan's parliament has called for a review of the country's relationship with the US over the American commando raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. ... Full story

Zapu Leaders Join ANC Election Campaign

JOHANNESBURG, May 14, 2011- Zapu South Africa province officials have joined their liberation war allies, the African National Congress (ANC) in their door-to-door campaign for municipal elections scheduled for Wednesday next week. ... Full story

RBZ Equipment Goes Under The Hammer In Bulawayo

BULAWAYO, May 14, 2011- Farming equipment worth more than US$3 Million belonging to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) went under the hammer in the city on Friday despite a last minute bid by some Zanu (PF) officials to block the auction. ... Full story

Zimbabwean Faces Australian Jail For Cocaine Dealing

MELBOURNE, May 14, 2011- Prosecutors have recommended up to five years jail for a privileged member of Zimbabwean society over his involvement in cocaine importation to Melbourne. ... Full story

Mnangagwa Says Unity Govt Is Working Well

JOHANNESBURG, May 14, 2011- Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday met Angolan vice-president Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos in Luanda and briefed him about the political situation in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Ncube Is Best Leader For Zimbabwe: Mpofu

BULAWAYO, May 14, 2011- Former deputy Mayor of Bulawayo and one of the city’s longest serving councillors, Alderman Charles Mpofu has urged the people of Zimbabwe regardless of their ethnicity to give MDC leader Welshman Ncube a chance to lead the country in the next general elections. ... Full story

Mighty Warriors On Verge Of Making History

HARARE, May 14, 2011- Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors are on the verge of making history by qualifying for the All Africa Games for the first time-that is if they go past stubborn Angola at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) And MDC Reach Compromised Deal Over New Constitution Process

Harare, May 13, 2011 - Zanu (PF) and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have reached a compromised deal which will allow for a hybrid methodology to be used to analyse views gathered from the public. ... Full story

Destitute Former Zim White Commercial Farmers Turn To The British For Help

Bulawayo, May 13 2011 - The Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU) has re-approached the British to assist its members who are reportedly destitute following the 2000 infamous land invasions. ... Full story

Zim's $100-trillion Bill Is Worth Something

May 13, 2011 - Zimbabwe's 100-trillion-dollar bill is finally worth something. The Wall Street Journal reports that it is selling as a curiosity in this country for $5, far more than it was ever worth in real life. ... Full story

Free Entry Into Mighty Warriors Match

Harare, May 13, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Football Association has resolved to charge nothing for the Mighty Warriors' final All Africa Games qualifier against Angola at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. ... Full story

U.S. Intensifies Drone Aircraft Attacks In Pakistan

Islamabad/Washington, May 13, 2011 - A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles at militants in Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, Pakistani officials said, as American officials vowed to press forward with such attacks after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout. ... Full story

Uganda Police, Opposition Clash At Inauguration

Kampala, May 13, 2011 - Up to five people were killed on Thursday when Ugandan police clashed with opposition supporters who attacked cars carrying African leaders at the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Optimistic Zim Elections Will Be Held In 2012

Harare, May 13, 2011, The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Morgan Tsvangirai said the timetable for Zimbabwe's elections should not go beyond 2013, adding he was optimistic that elections will be held in 2012. ... Full story

Chamber Of Mines Threaten Legal Action Against Indigenous Law

Harare, May 13, 2011- The Chamber of Mines wants only 26 percent to be given to indigenous Zimbabweans instead of the proposed 51 percent, its president Victor Gapare said on Thursday. ... Full story

MDC-T Dismisses Zanu (PF) Claims For An Early Election

Harare, May 12, 2011 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed claims by the Zanu (PF) politburo that the labour-backed party is not ready for elections, citing its boycott of the constitution-making process. ... Full story

Elections To Resolve Electricity Problems In The Country

Harare, May 12, 2011 - The improvement of Zimbabwe's power generation capacity to avert power cuts in the coming years will depend on the outcome of the next elections, a leading consultancy has said. ... Full story

More Than 100 000 Zimbabweans Failing To Access HIV treatment

Harare, May 12, 2011 - Only 350 000 Zimbabweans out of a about 503 000 in need of HIV treatment are getting anti-retroviral drugs, a National Aids Council senior official revealed to Radio VOP. ... Full story

Uganda's Besigye Arrives Home As Museveni Sworn In

Kampala, May 12, 2011 - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye arrived home on Thursday from hospital in Kenya, hours before President Yoweri Museveni was due to be sworn in for a fourth term that will extend his rule to three decades. ... Full story

U.S. Attacks Militants In Pakistan As Pressure Grows

Reuters, May 12, 2011 - A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles at militants in Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, Pakistani officials said, the third such attack since U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Insists On Having Elections This Year

Harare, May 12, 2011 - Zanu (PF)’s decision making body, the politburo on Wednesday reiterated its call for early elections saying they must be held soon after the completion of the constitution making exercise. ... Full story

Bulawayo Artist Acquitted For National Heroes Acre Utterances

Bulawayo, May 12, 2011 - Magistrate Thobekile Mkhosana on Wednesday acquitted prominent artist Styx Mhlanga, who had been on trial for allegedly suggesting to a budding poet Magura Charumbira that the list of national heroes would be incomplete without citing Joseph Msika, John Nkomo and Gibson Sibanda. ... Full story

Zim Constituitional Dispute Referred To GPA Superiors

Harare, May 12, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) on Wednesday resolved to refer the issue of methodology to be used in analysing data collected from the people for the new constitution of Zimbabwe to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) superiors. ... Full story

Former Warriors player taken ill

Bulawayo, May 12, 2011 - Former Warriors playmaker and 2004 Soccer Star of the Year award winner Ronald “Gidiza” Sibanda is seriously ill. ... Full story

Biti,Gono Crack Whip At Renaissance

Harare, May 12, 2011 — The ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) moved Wednesday to stop the mess at Renaissance Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) by firing the entire board and executive of the group and its flagship arm, Renaissance Merchant Bank (RMB). ... Full story

Zim Constitutional Process Stalls

Harare, May 11, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s constitution making process has temporarily stalled following massive disagreements among the country’s main political parties over the approach to use to analyse the people’s views gathered last year by the Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC). ... Full story

Charamba Says Zim Pirate Radio Stations Are Illegal

Harare, May 11, 2011 - Secretary for Media, Information and Publicity George Charamba said on Wednesday that pirate radio stations beaming into Zimbabwe from outside the country were illegal. ... Full story

600 Pupils Treated After Chewing Gum

Cape Town, May 11, 2011 - At least 600 children from Fisantekraal received medical care on Tuesday when they fell ill after eating dumped chewing gum with a high caffeine content. ... Full story

Zim Coaches Association Hires Expert To Deal With Members' Contracts

Harare, May 11, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association has employed a legal practitioner and a labour expert to help coaches get the best out of their contracts in order to avoid the continuous hiring and firing that has become a habit in Zimbabwean football. ... Full story

MDC-T Hits Out At Matonga Over ZBC Monopoly

Harare, May 11, 2011 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has hit out at the former deputy minister of information and publicity, Bright Matonga over his claims that the government is not ready to issue broadcasting licences to private players. ... Full story

Tuku’s Secret Passion Revealed

Harare, May 11, 2011 – Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s secret passion has been revealed by his own staffers. ... Full story

Matebeleland Snubs Zanu (PF)'s Anti-sanctions Campaign

Harare, May 11, 2011 – President Robert Mugabe’s anti-sanctions petition has so far been signed by more than two million people in the country’s 10 provinces, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Information. ... Full story

Zim Trade Deficit Worsens

Harare, May 11, 2011 — Zimbabwe’s trade deficit worsened to US$557, 6 million in the first quarter of 2011 up fromUS$49,6 million recorded in the same period last year, as the economy imported more goods than it exported, according to data obtained from Treasury. ... Full story

Villagers Paying 2R A Day For War 'Vet's' Leader Upkeep

Masvingo, May 11, 2011 – Villagers in Shumbayaonda area under Chief Manzure here have complained that they are being forced to contribute 2R a day for the upkeep of controversial war veterans leader and Zanu (PF) top campaigning manager. Jabulani Sibanda. ... Full story

U.S. Hopes To Question bin Laden's Wives

Islamabad/Washington - The United States was hoping on Tuesday to question the detained three wives of Osama bin Laden although Pakistani officials played down the possibility of any speedy access, saying no decision had been made. ... Full story

Trump's Real Estate Peers Cool To Presidential Run

Boston, May 11, 2011 - Donald Trump's peers -- commercial real estate professionals -- are overwhelmingly cynical towards the billionaire magnate's potential run for the White House, a new survey showed. ... Full story

Uganda Opposition Leader Barred From Flight - Party Official

Kampala, May 11, 2011 - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was barred in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday from boarding a flight back to Uganda, a party official said. ... Full story

WOZA In Anti-ZESA Monopoly Protests

Bulaway, May 10, 2011 - About 500 Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) activists on Tuesday protested the incessant power outages in Bulawayo during a campaign to launch for an end of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) monopoly on the energy sector. ... Full story

Children in bin Laden House Had Home School To Guard Secret

Islamabad, May 10, 2011 - About 16 children who were living with Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout were carefully watched by the al Qaeda leader, forced to study at home and rarely ventured out of the fortress-like compound. ... Full story

Pakistan May Grant U.S. Access To bin Laden's Wives

Washington, May 10, 2011 - Pakistan now seems ready to allow the United States to interview the wives of Osama bin Laden who were with the al Qaeda leader when he was killed last week, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said on Monday. ... Full story

Libya Migrants Tell IOM Boat Sank Off Tripoli

Geneva, May 10, 2011 - Traumatised migrants have told the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) they saw a boat carrying hundreds of people founder off the Libyan coast last week, the agency said on Monday. ... Full story

Zim's Big Brother Representative Vimbai Up For Eviction

Johannesburg, May 10, 2011 - Zimbabwean Vimbai Mutinhiri has been put for eviction in the Big Brother Amplified on Sunday. ... Full story

Human Rights Group Wants Zim's Constitutional Data Capturing Process Monitored

Harare, May 10, 2011 - A coalition of influential top local pro-democracy and human rights groups says it wants to continue independently monitoring the chaotic constitution making process which resumed last week. ... Full story

Late Architect Vernon Mwamuka Wins Top ZIE Award

Harare, May 10, 2011 - Arguably Zimbabwe's top architects, the late Vernon Mwamuka, has won this year's Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers (ZIE) award for the Best Architectural Work in the country. ... Full story

African Number One Tennis Player Lock Toppled

Harare, May 10, 2011 - Africa's number 1 tennis and Zimbabwean Davis Cup player Benjamin Lock has fallen one place down the ladder to second position on the Under 18 Confederation of African Tennis ranking. ... Full story

MDC Family Drags Zanu (PF) Midlands Governor To Court Over Murdered Son

Gweru, May 10, 2011 - A family of an Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activist killed in 2009 is demanding compensation from the family of Midlands Provincial Governor Jason Machaya before it can bury him. ... Full story

SADC Facilitation Team Wants To Meet Security Chiefs

Harare, May 10, 2011 - A team of South African negotiators facilitating the Zimbabwean political party dialogue aimed at ending the country’s decade long political crisis are planning to meet with members of the security sector to discuss their future and role in politics. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Stalemate Can't Go On Forever, Says Mediator

PRETORIA (AFP) – A member of the southern African mediation team for Zimbabwe said on Monday that the country's political stalemate "cannot go on forever", but said new elections would be impossible this year. ... Full story

Nigeria Opposition Goes To Court Over Election Result

Abuja, May 09, 2011 - The main defeated opposition party in Nigeria's presidential election went to court on Sunday to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan's victory and demand fresh elections in several parts of the country. ... Full story

Romans Gripped By Fear Of Quake Forecast For May 11

Rome, May 09, 2011 - If tourists find Rome unusually quiet next Wednesday, the reason will probably be that thousands of locals have left town in fear of a devastating earthquake allegedly forecast for that day by a long-dead seismologist. ... Full story

Most Wanted Zimbabwean Criminal Nabbed By SA Police

Johannesburg, May 09, 2011 - One of South Africa's most wanted Zimbabwean criminals, Khumbulani Sibanda was shot dead in Norwood, Johannesburg on Sunday, Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Not Ready To Issue Broadcasting Licenses - Matonga

Bulawayo, May 09,2011 - Bright Matonga, the Zanu (PF) legislator for Mhondoro-Ngezi, who is also a member of Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology told journalists here over the weekend that government was not yet ready to free the broadcasting airwaves because it had no capacity to monitor and control them. ... Full story

Zimbabwean Girls Among Sex Slaves Working For Nigerian Syndicate

JOHANNESBURG, May 08, 2011- THE International Police Organisation (Interpol) is tracking down a South African based human trafficking syndicate that is said to have recruited more than 100 young girls, including Zimbabweans, to work as sex slaves, according to The Sunday Mail. ... Full story

Without Reform We Face Vote Sham

HARARE, May 08, 2011- Influential think-tank the International Crisis Group has warned the African Union and the Southern African Development Community that Zimbabwe faces another illegitimate election if the polls are conducted without credible and enforceable reforms. ... Full story

Bin Laden’s Mother In Law Dies

DUBAI, May 08, 2011- Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's first mother-in-law died of a stroke after hearing the news that US forces killed him in Pakistan, a London-based Arabic newspaper reported on Sunday. ... Full story

Ferguson Plots Against Chelsea

LONDON, May 08, 2011- Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says they will virtually seal a record 19th league title if they beat resurgent rivals Chelsea on Sunday. ... Full story

Mujuru Defends BEE Plan

BULAWAYO, May 08, 2011- Vice-president Joyce Mujuru is in a last-minute bid to sell the controversial Indigenisation Act that threatens to take away majority ownership of foreign-owned properties. ... Full story

CAAZ Suspends Departure Tax

HARARE, MAY 8, 2011 - The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) on Saturday suspended the new airport departure tax, which will see domestic travelers paying US$10 and international travelers coughing up an extra US$30. ... Full story

RAF Destroys Gaddafi Missiles

TRIPOLI, May 08, 2011- The RAF has destroyed rocket launchers and Scud-missile containers in Libya, the Ministry of Defence has said. ... Full story

US Releases More Bin Laden Videos

WASHINGTON, May 08, 2011- After receiving news that a team of US Navy Seals had shot dead Osama Bin Laden at a compound in northern Pakistan, President Barack Obama announced that justice had been done. ... Full story

American Tourist Recovering From Lion Attack In Zim

San Diego, May 08, 2011- A dream vacation turned into a nightmare for an East County woman who was attacked by a lion while on a safari with her husband in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Mugabe Or You Die

TORONTO, May 08, 2011- Like thunder rumbling out of Africa, journalist Peter Godwin talks of the menacing buildup of violence that precedes voting in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

SA Police Rescue Zanu (PF) Leaders From Gukurahundi Survivors

JOHANNESBURG, May 08, 2011- Hundreds of Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) and members of the two formations of the MDC showed rare unity on Saturday when they stormed and disrupted a Zanu (PF) meeting at Hillbrow Theatre forcing Zimbabwean leaders including Didymus Mutasa to run for their lives. ... Full story

Syrian Troops Enter Protest City

Troops and tanks are reported to have swept into the Syrian city of Baniyas, a centre of anti-government protests. ... Full story

Nigeria:Deadly Attack On Northern Village

LAGOS, May 07, 2011- At least 16 people have been killed in an attack on a predominantly Christian village in northern Nigeria. ... Full story

Golf Community Mourns Seve Ballesteros

MADRID, May 07, 2011- One of golf's all-time greats, Seve Ballesteros, died on Saturday aged 54. ... Full story

Fans See Blanks As ZBC Refuses To Cover Matches

HARARE, May 07, 2011- The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) said they will continue with the black out of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches on national radio and television until such a time the league sponsor agrees to pay for the coverage. ... Full story