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Matabeleland Residents Facing Safe Water Shortage

Nyamandlovu, July 31, 2011-Thirty years after the country got its independence there are still some areas which has no sources of drinking water and if the affected community complain about maginalisation they are further victimised politically. ... Full story

State Of The Art Hospital Lies Idle

Gokwe, July 31, 2011- Villagers in Nembudziya district in Gokwe North have failed to access satisfactory health services as a state of the art hospital built ten years ago lies idle. ... Full story

OVC Centred Approach Vital For ART

Harare, July 31, 2011-Thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) living on the streets are failing to access Anti Retroviral Treatment because of serious challenges some of them policy and social. ... Full story

We Don’t Support MDC – US Ambassador

Harare, July 31, 2011 - The United States of America does not favour any one political party over another in Zimbabwe, the US ambassador in Harare Charles Ray has said. ... Full story

Zimbabwe to face Egypt in 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Harare, July 31, 2011- Zimbabwe’s Warriors have been drawn in the same group with seven time Africa Champions Egypt in the run up to the 2014 World Cup after the two countries were placed in Group G on the road to Brazil following the draw that was conducted in Rio de Janeiro Saturday night. ... Full story

Mthethwa: 56 SA Cops Killed So Far This Year

Pretoria, July 30, 2011 - Fifty-six police officers have been killed in 2011, says South Africa Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. ... Full story

Afghanistan Team Denied Chance At 2012 Olympics

Washington, July 30, 2011-Afghanistan’s national men’s basketball team will not get a chance to qualify for the 2012 Olympics after requests for visas to travel to a prequalifying tournament were denied. ... Full story

Security Guard Faces Jail Over ‘Mugabe’ Joke

Harare, July 30, 2011-A security guard faces up to 12 months in jail because of remarks on the Zimbabwe president's health and a taunt over a snack of biscuits and a fruity milk drink, his lawyer said on Friday. ... Full story

Industrials Close July Firm On Improved Volumes

Harare, July 29, 2011 - In a fairly active trading session on heavy cap stocks the Industrial Index firmed +0,27 percent to close the week and month at 163.69 points. ... Full story

US Universities Parade Study Opportunities To Zim Students

Harare, July 30, 2011 - More than 30 United States of America colleges and universities will host a fair at a local school in Harare this Saturday to provide information on scholarships they provide as the US continues to assist hundreds of Zimbabweans students with scholarships. ... Full story

Red Cross Feeds Starving Prisoners

Harare, July 30, 2011 - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing food supplies to 17 detention places, the organisation has confirmed. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Pilots On Strike Again

Harare, July 29, 2011 - Struggling Air Zimbabwe's pilots went on strike Friday over the non-payment of outstanding allowances. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Says Zim Chrome Should Not Be Exported

Kwekwe, July 29, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says no chrome ore should be allowed out of Zimbabwean borders, saying the future of Zimbabwe lied in exporting finished products. ... Full story

Norway to hold first funeral after killings

Oslo, July 29, 2011 - Norway will hold the first funeral on Friday for a victim of Anders Behring Breivik's massacre of 76 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labour Party that was his main target. ... Full story

Tunisian Court Sentences Ben Ali For Corruption

Tunis, July 29, 2011 - A Tunisian court sentenced ousted president Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali and his son-in-law to 16 years each in jail on Thursday, on charges of corruption that helped fuel a revolution that spread across the Arab world. ... Full story

Zim Nurses Confused About Bonding

Gweru, July 29, 2011 - Un-employed qualified nurses said they are being prejudiced by government who have put them on bonding while they are not able to employ them. ... Full story

Chinese Looting Zim Diamonds

Harare, July 29, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe was this week told that Chinese companies mining diamonds in Chiadzwa are literally looting the precious mineral because they are not certain about his continued stay in power. ... Full story

Khami Maximum Prison Boss Fired

Bulawayo, July 29 - Khami Maximum Prison boss, Chief Superintendent Judah Ndlovu has been fired from his job by the Zimbabwe Prison Service (ZPS) for insulting President Robert Mugabe’s late sister. ... Full story

Chimanimani Headman Expels MDC Supporters

Charity Mukwambo, Chimanimani, July 29 2011- Seven Movement Democratic Change supporters belonging to the Morgan Tsvangirai faction in Mutsamvu area in Chimanimani are living in the bush following their expulsion from the area on Wednesday by the local headman. ... Full story

Musona Joins TSG Hoffeinheim

Harare - Zimbabwe national soccer team striker, Kaizer Chiefs and South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) reigning goal scorer, Knowledge Musona is now a TSG Hoffeinheim player. ... Full story

Seven MDC Activists Denied Bail

Harare, July 28, 2011 - Cynthia Manjoro, one of the 20 people accused of murdering Harare police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza was Thursday granted US$500 bail by the High Court. ... Full story

Zim Street Child Accuses Soldier/Police Members Of Sexual Abuse

By Beven Takunda, Harare, July 28, 2011 - A Harare street kid on Thursday told a media workshop here that he and other street children had experienced sexual abuse from members of the army and police who raided their makeshift homes every night. ... Full story

Ethanol Plant To Displace Families

Micheal Maposhere, Chisumbanje, July 28, 2011- About 300 000 families are set to be displaced in Chisumbanje area if Macdom a company that is setting up an Ethanol Plant goes ahead with its plans to acquire 40 000 hectares of land in the area. ... Full story

Zimbabwe journalist Arrested, Prosecutors Throw Out Case

Bulawayo, July 28, 2011- Police in Bulawayo on Thursday morning arrested and dragged to court Newsday senior court reporter, Richard Muponde on charges of criminal defamation. ... Full story

Norway Police Face Review, Think Killer Acted Alone

Oslo, July 28, 2011 - Police are increasingly certain that mass killer Anders Behring Breivik acted alone, but are leaving no stone unturned in the hunt for collaborators as they try to close one of the bloodiest chapters in Norway's history. ... Full story

Rebel Offer For Gaddafi To Stay In Libya Expired

Benghazi, July 28, 2011 - Libya's rebel leader said on Wednesday that his council had offered to allow Muammar Gaddafi to stay in the country provided he step down first, but that this offer had now expired. ... Full story

Zim Minister Calls For Closure Of Condemned Prison

Harare, July 28, 2011 - Minister of State in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Office Jameson Timba has launched an ambitious fight for the closure of the condemned Matapi police cells. ... Full story

Tsvangirai's Aide On Trial Over Falsehoods

Hwange, July 29, 2011 - The trial of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) deputy national chairperson and non constituency Senator Morgan Komichi for allegedly communicating falsehoods commenced this week at Hwange Magistrates Court. ... Full story

CZI Attacks Political Leaders

Victoria Falls, July 28, 2011 - The head of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has taken a swipe at the country’s political leaders for engaging in what he termed 'political supremacy' at the expense of economic growth as the country is set to have a budget deficit of US$ 700 million this year. ... Full story

Zim Prison Officers Steal Cooking Oil

Harare, July 27, 2011 - Two Zimbabwe Prison Services (ZPS) officers are in trouble after they allegedly stole 48 litres of cooking oil that had been donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) this month, Radio VOP can reveal. ... Full story

Coventry Leads All Africa Games Team

Harare, July 27, 2011 - Swimming sensation, Kirsty Leigh Coventry, who won seven gold medals and three silvers at the last All Africa Games in 2007, leads a team of 192 athletes for the 2011 All Africa Games to be held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 3 to 18 September. ... Full story

Zim Activists Arrested At High Court

Harare, July 27, 2011- More than 10 civil society activists were on Wednesday morning arrested at the High Court while protesting against the continued detention of eight people suspected to have taken part in the murder of a plain-clothes policeman in Glen View in May. ... Full story

Pakistan Cricket Board Decides On Zimbabwe Tour

Lahore, July 27, 2011 - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) meets on Wednesday to finalise the squad for the Zimbabwe tour. ... Full story

Harare Man Declares Himself Presidential Candidate

Harare, July 27, 2011 - An unknown Harare man has declared himself a presidential candidate in Zimbabwe's next election. ... Full story

Cut Down On Foreign Trips Expenditure: Biti

Harare, July 27, 2011 - Finance Minister Tendai Biti has called on the government to “extensively” cut down expenditure incurred during foreign trips as this has a telling effect on the national budget. ... Full story

Mbeki Blasts Zuma, Juju

Johannesburg, July 27, 2011 - The ANC is not the future for South Africa, and President Jacob Zuma has neither the will nor the ability to change the situation the country finds itself in, says Moeletsi Mbeki, brother of former president Thabo Mbeki. ... Full story

Obama Seeks "Plan B" As Debt Plans Stall

Washington, July 27, 2011 - A Republican plan to cut the U.S. deficit faced delay and stiff opposition on Wednesday, piling anxiety onto investors and ordinary Americans hoping for a late compromise to avoid a crippling debt default. ... Full story

Mkoba Teachers' College Political Wrangle

By Patricia Chipaumire, Gweru, July 27, 2011 - Tensions are high at Mkoba Gweru Teachers' College (MTC) after the principal, Florence Dube, alleged to have close links with Zanu (PF) reported some of his lecturers to police last week for refusing to teach. ... Full story

Norwegian Ambassador Refuses To Address Two-day ZIBF Indaba

By Ngoni Chanakira - Harare, July 26, 2011 - The Norwegian Ambassador to Zimbabwe refused to address the two-day Indaba saying "observing a minute's silence" because of the tragedy that happened in his country on Friday, last week, was more important to him than addressing the annual meeting. ... Full story

Zim Speaker Disturbed By Violence At Parliament

Harare, July 26, 2011 - Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo on Tuesday described the attack of a Member of Parliament and journalists by rowdy Zanu (PF) supporters at parliament building last week as 'unprecedented' calling on the three leaders of the main political parties to end the attacks on parliamentarians. ... Full story

Zim Diamond Exports And Revenues Do Not Tally - Biti

Harare, July 26, 2011 - Zimbabwe has exported more than 700 000 diamond carats since the beginning of the year as production levels at the Marange diamond fields increased in line with market demands but these exports and revenues declared are not tallying, Finance minister, Tendai Biti has revealed. ... Full story

Zim Journos Beatean Up By Zanu (PF) Thugs Take Matter To Parliament

Harare, July 26, 2011 - Zimbabwe Journalists who were assaulted on Saturday by Zanu (PF) thugs in parliament have formally lodged complaints with the Parliament of Zimbabwe as outrage continues over the behaviour of the supporters of the former ruling party who disrupted proceedings on Saturday. ... Full story

Zim's Financial Sector Very Worrying - Report

By Ngoni Chanakira - Harare, July 26, 2011 - While Zimbabwe's inflation outlook has stabilised, concerns still exist with regards to the stability of the banking sector, says a Top Periodic Report. ... Full story

Vimbai Snubbed By Zimbabwe Because Of Zanu (PF) Roots

Harare, July 26, 2011 - Zanu (PF) links have been dramatically blamed for Big Brother Amplified candidate, Vimbai Mutinhiri’s eviction. ... Full story

Zim's Brigadier Sends Journalists Running For Dear Life

Harare, July 26, 2011 - Notorious army commander, Brigadier Douglas Nyikayaramba last week forced two young journalists from a Harare-based publication to run for dear life after they quizzed him on remarks by a parliamentarian that he was an “idiot”, Radio VOP has learnt. ... Full story

White Farmer In Court Over Mugabe Insult

Bulawayo, July 25, 2011 —A 76 year- old white commercial farmer and miner Mike Van Royen who was arrested in Bulawayo on Friday on charges of insulting President Robert Mugabe appeared in court on Monday afternoon and was granted free bail to appear in court in mid-August. ... Full story

Newspaper Says S.Africa's Malema Using Secret Fund

Johannesburg, July 25, 2011 - A South African newspaper alleged on Sunday that influential politician Julius Malema, who heads the ruling ANC's Youth League, has used a secret trust fund to finance a lavish lifestyle that includes luxury cars and pricey property. ... Full story

Hotel Maid In Strauss-Kahn Case Speaks Out

New York, July 25, 2011 - The New York hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her said in an interview published on Newsweek's website on Sunday that he appeared as a "crazy man" and attacked her when she entered his room. ... Full story

ZBC Asked To Respond To Hate Language Allegations

Harare, July 25, 2011 – The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) has asked the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) to urgently respond to allegations of using the hate language and partisan reporting. ... Full story

Industrials Firm Buoyed By Retail Gains

Harare, July 25, 2011 - The Industrial Index of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) last week firm at 166.30 points as retail stocks continued to consolidate performance. ... Full story

Disgruntlement Over Civil Servants Salaries

Harare, July 25, 2011 - Sharp differences have emerged within the country’s civil servants as it emerges there are disgruntlements over the latest salary increase for public workers which range between US$31 and US$100. ... Full story

Norway suspect deems killings atrocious but needed

Sundvollen, Norway, July 2011 - A suspected right-wing fanatic accused of killing at least 92 people deemed his acts "atrocious" yet "necessary" as Norway mourned victims of the nation's worst attacks since World War Two. ... Full story

Senegalese take to streets urging leader to quit

Dakar, July 24, 2011 - Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Senegal on Saturday to urge President Abdoulaye Wade to abandon plans to stand for re-election next year, hours ahead of a planned rally by his supporters. ... Full story

God, Not Internet, Holds Key To Malawi Protests

Lilongwe, July 24, 2011 - Unlike the Internet-based popular protests that have swept North Africa and the Middle East, the biggest threat to embattled Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika may be from Christian churches. ... Full story

Zim Police Bans MISA Musical Concert

Harare, July 24, 2011 - Zimbabwe Police on Saturday morning banned a musical concert aimed at promoting the liberalisation of the country’s airwaves. ... Full story

Zim's Constitution-making To Resume Next Week

Harare, July 24, 2011 - The stalled constitution-making process is expected to resume on Monday after the Management Committee of the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) held a crisis meeting to sort differences over what methodology to use to compile data from the outreach exercise. ... Full story

Zim Journos, MDC MP Beaten Up by Zanu (PF)

Harare, July 23, 2011 – A Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator and five journalists were Saturday beaten up by hordes of Zanu (PF) supporters who invaded the Parliament building to disrupt a public hearing by a parliamentary committee on the Human Rights Bill. ... Full story

Zim Finance Minister Takes Police To Supreme Court Over Phone Spying

Harare, July 23, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s tormented Finance Minister, Tendai Biti has taken his battle to the Supreme Court after the high court dismissed his bid seeking to interdict the police from obtaining details of his mobile phone transaction. ... Full story

Troops Patrol Malawi Towns After 18 Killed In Protests

Blantyre, July 22, 2011 - Shops were closed and Malawi troops patrolled streets in major urban areas on Friday after rare protests against President Bingu wa Mutharika this week left 18 people dead in the destitute south African state. ... Full story

Blast Rocks Central Oslo, Norway PM's Office

Oslo, July 22, 2011 - A huge explosion wrecked government buildings in central Oslo Friday including Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters journalist said from the scene. ... Full story

NSSA Reads Riot Act To Banks

Harare, July 22, 2011-The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has told banks that it will no longer give loans financial institutions that charge their clients more than 15 percent interest. ... Full story

Dynamos To Lock Horns With Motor Action

Bulawayo, July 22, 2011- Harare soccer giants, Dynamos football club will lock horns with the premier league soccer defending champions Motor Action in the semi- finals of the Banc ABC Sup8r. ... Full story

Indian Businessmen Sell Companies Ahead Of Kasukuwere’s Planned Takeovers

Bulawayo, July 22, 2011- A number of Indian businesspeople in Bulawayo have been cowed into putting up for sale their businesses to avoid a violent take-over of their businesses by Zanu-(PF) youths in the city, the Hindu Society chairperson has said. ... Full story

War Veterans Disrupts Human Rights Public Hearing

Masvingo, July 22, 2011 -A public meeting on the bill of human rights led by Senate thematic committee on human rights failed to commence at the Civic Centre here after hired rowdy war veterans disrupted the chairperson. ... Full story

NCA Launches A No Vote Campaign

Harare, July 21, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) has launched a campaign to urge voters to reject a government written constitutional draft in a referendum scheduled for end of the year. ... Full story

Romney Still Ahead As Republican’s Contender For White House

Washington, July 21, 2011- Mitt Romney leads the wide-open contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. But a new Washington Post-ABC News poll underscores his vulnerabilities as a front-runner, as well as Sarah Palin’s lingering power to shake up the race if she decides to run. ... Full story

Somalia Famine Threatens to Spread

New York, July 21, 2011-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered an urgent appeal to donors Wednesday for $300 million within two months to stop the world's worst famine, afflicting millions in Somalia, from spreading farther into the country's south. ... Full story

We Cant Allow Thugs To Grab Mines: Chimanikire

Bulawayo, July 21, 2011 – President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) has come under scathing attack by the country’s mines minister over the mooted mines grabbing. ... Full story

SADC Facilitation Urges Full GPA Implementation

Harare, July 21, 2011 – The South African facilitation team is in Harare to map up final details on the roadmap to elections scheduled to be held next year. ... Full story

Hero's Son Challenges Mugabe On Father's Illtreatment

By Beven Takunda, Harare, July 21, 2011 - Dominic Muntanga, son to the late national hero Andrew Muntanga on Wednesday challenged President Robert Mugabe over the ill-treatment of his father who was being buried at the national shrine. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Youths Demonstrate Against US Ambassador

Kwekwe, July 20, 2011 - United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Dr Charles Ray failed to address a a group of youths here after Zanu (PF) hooligans besieged the Kwekwe Theatre, the venue of the meeting carrying placards denouncing the envoy. ... Full story

CNN's Morgan Denies Role In Hacking Saga

Los Angeles, July 20, 2011 - CNN talk show host and former News of the World editor Piers Morgan on Tuesday angrily denied claims by a British lawmaker that he had taken part in phone hacking during his years as a journalist in Britain. ... Full story

Serbia Arrests Last War Crimes Fugitive

Belgrade, July 20, 2011 - Serbia's last major war crimes fugitive, a Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war, has been arrested, a Serbian official told Reuters on Wednesday. ... Full story

Second attack on Guinean leader's home repelled: presidency

Conakry, July 20, 2011 - Guinean President Alpha Conde's guards repelled a second attack on his residence on Tuesday, presidency sources said of a fresh assault which left three dead and came hours after a rocket and gunfire attack by unknown assailants. ... Full story

Disgruntled Sponsor To Attach Dembare Property

Harare, July 20, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s soccer giants Dynamos Football Club have landed themselves in trouble after one of their sponsors petitioned the Deputy Sheriff to attach the club’s property in a bid to recover US$6 800. ... Full story

ZSE's Industrial Index In The Red On Heavy Trading

Harare, July 20, 2011 - THE Industrial Index on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) traded in the negative for the second consecutive session on heavy trading. ... Full story

Mugabe, Tsvangirai Snub Ncube

Harare, July 20, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have rejected a proposal by the small faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Welshman Ncube to deal with the issue of Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara without forcing him to step down. ... Full story

Bizarre Sex Story Causes Stir In Bhora

By Ngoni Chanakira, Juru Growth Point, July 19, 2011 - The story that four women allegedly forced a drunk man to have sex with them using a condom each time, one after the other, has had not only tongues wagging but the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) driving around the famous growth point warning all males to "stick to one partner". ... Full story

Girls Urged To Strip To Support Putin As President

Moscow, July 19, 2011 - An online campaign has been launched in Russia urging young women to support Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a presidential vote by taking off their clothes, a lawmaker's site showed on Sunday. ... Full story

Egyptian PM Taken To Hospital, New Cabinet Delayed

Cairo, July 19, 2011 - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was taken to hospital because of blood pressure problems on Monday, and the swearing in of a much-changed cabinet was delayed. ... Full story

Equities Market Opens The Week Softer

Harare, July 19, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) opened the week on a slow a start as the Industrial Index losing -0,23 percent at 165.47 points while the Mining Index slipped -0,54 percent at 161.31 points. ... Full story

Zim Education Minister Investigates Political Child Abuse

By Charity Mukwambo, Bulawayo, July 19,2011- Zimbabwe's Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Minister David Coltart is investigating the abuse of school children in political campaigns under the guise of sponsoring soccer tournaments. ... Full story

Caps United To Pay For Fans Behaviour

Harare, July 19, 2011 - The Premier Soccer League is going to take action on Caps United following their fans behaviour which led to the abandonment of their Castle Lager match against Gunners Sunday. ... Full story

State Frees Energy Minister Alters Gwisai Treason Charges

Harare, July 19, 2011 - The Attorney General (AG)’s Office has withdrawn charges of criminal abuse of duty against a tormented top aide of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, whose trial was supposed to commence at the High Court, Monday. ... Full story

Hundreds of Ethiopian Refugees Flock Through Zimbabwe

By Ngoni Chanakira, Juru Growth Point, July 18, 2011 - More than 25 shabbily dressed and visibly hungry refugees from Ethiopia are passing through Zimbabwe almost daily using the Juru Growth Point Highway. ... Full story

Juru Growth Point, A Zanu (PF) Stronghold

By Ngoni Chanakira, Juru Growth Point - July 18, 2011 - Juru Growth Point located 50km outside the capital city, Harare, is very much a Zanu (PF) stronghold. ... Full story

Syria Forces Besiege Town After Defections - Residents

Amman, July 18, 2011 - Syrian tanks surrounded a town near the border with Iraq's Sunni heartland on Sunday after thousands of people, emboldened by defections among security forces, took to the streets there denouncing President Bashar al-Assad, residents said. ... Full story

Lawyer Says Egypt's Mubarak In Coma, Agency Denies

July 18 2011 - Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, hospitalised since April and due to stand trial in August, is in a coma, his lawyer said on Sunday, although the state news agency MENA cited a hospital official as denying the report. ... Full story

Oprah Winfrey Builds School In Rural Zimbabwe

Magunje, July 18, 2011 - American talk show host Oprah Winfrey is bankrolling the construction of a rural Zimbabwean school to help her favourite talk show guest realise her childhood dream. ... Full story

Soldiers Run Amok In Masvingo, Beat Up Civilians

Masvingo, July 18, 2011 - Rogue soldiers from the Zimbabwe National Army’(ZNA)’s 4-2 Infantry battalion in Gutu went on the rampage and beat up patrons at Big Wave night club on Saturday after they were frustrated by government failure to increase their salaries. ... Full story

Ncube Lambasts Mugabe Over His Military Credentials

Harare, July 17, 2011 – Leader of the smaller formation of the MDC, Professor Welshman Ncube says President Robert Mugabe should stop boasting about being Defence Forces Commander In Chief but should grant the people's wishes to tame and turn the meddle some security organs into non partisan institutions. ... Full story

MDC Activists Denied Access To Medical Attention By Prison Officials

Harare, July 17, 2011 – Eight activists of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s popular faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, who are in remand prison on charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, are being denied access to medical attention by prison officials despite a court ruling ordering that they receive treatment. ... Full story

Police Officer Thrown Out For Playing MDC Jingles On Cellphone

Bulawayo, July 17, 2011---A senior police officer Assistant Inspector Tedius Chisango who was expelled from the police force for playing MDC songs on his cell phone is now stranded after his eviction from Ntabazinduna police camp and dumped in a bush nearby. ... Full story

Mugabe Tells MDC ,Hands Off Service Chiefs

Harare, July 16, 2011 – President Robert Mugabe has come out guns blazing, urging Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party to stop grumbling over the biased conduct of the country’s security chiefs. ... Full story

Mangoma Back In Courts On Tender Related Charges

Harare, July 16, 2011 – Embattled Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma is back in the court on Monday, this time on charges of ordering the cancellation of a tender involving the purchase and supply of prepayment revenue management system, meters and associated equipment by government power utility. ... Full story

Zim Civil Servants Receive Increments Despite Biti’s Continued Denials

Harare, July 16, 2011 – Zimbabwe’s civil servants will receive their salary increase this month, contrary to continued denials by Finance Minister Tendai Biti that the national purse was still not able to finance the additional expense. ... Full story

Air Zim Pilots Down Tools

Harare ,July 16, 2011 -Troubled Air Zimbabwe pilots last Friday, went on strike to protest against the late payment of the their salaries and allowances of more than four months running into several thousands of dollars. ... Full story

South Sudanese Leader To open Harare Show

By Amos Maseko, Harare, July 15, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe's government has invited the newly installed South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit to come and officially open this year's Harare Agricultural Show, which runs from August 19 to 27. ... Full story

Four Journalists Arrested

Harare, July 15, 2011 – Zimbabwe police on Friday arrested four journalists who were covering the eviction of a senior officer in Ntabazinduna who was being evicted from the police camp after he was allegedly caught playing MDC-T songs. ... Full story

Tuku Spites Zanu (PF) Over Heroes

By Tafirei Shumba, Harare, July 15, 2011 – In apparent spite of Zanu (PF) that stubbornly continues to confer Zimbabwe’s national heroes’ status to its own fallen political cronies, music legend Oliver Mtukudzi has taken it upon himself to mount a life-size stone sculpture in honour of deceased artists whom he describes also as heroes. ... Full story

India PM Vows To Bring Mumbai Bombers To Justice

Mumbai, July 15, 2011 - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vowed on Thursday to bring to justice those behind triple bomb attacks on India's financial capital Mumbai, and police questioned members of a home-grown Islamist militant group. ... Full story

South Sudan Admitted To UN As 193rd Member

United Nations, July 15, 2011 - The General Assembly admitted South Sudan on Thursday as the 193rd member of the United Nations, sealing the new African country's independence after decades of conflict. ... Full story

MDC Officials Brutalised After Abduction

Harare, July 15, 2011 – Two members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), who were abducted on Thursday in Mbare by suspected Zanu (PF) militia known as Chipangano, are battling for their lives at a private hospital. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Disowns Legislator

By Beavan Takunda and Nkosana Dhlamini - Harare, July 14, 2011 - A Zanu (PF) spokesman Rugare Gumbo has dismissed the party's legislature for Marondera East and Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Tracy Mutinhiri as a ‘non event’, saying the party will not waste time discussing her relationship with the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC-T). ... Full story

MDC-T Official Abducted In Mbare

Harare, July 14, 2011 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s faction of the Movement for Democratic Change secretary for Mudzi East Abel Samakande was on Thursday abducted by suspected Zanu (PF) militia in Mbare. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Rejects SADC Election Roadmap

Harare, July 14, 2011 - The Zanu (PF)'s Politburo, the party’s highest decision-making body outside congress, has rejected South African President Jacob Zuma’s inspired road-map to fresh polls, insisting elections should be held this year. ... Full story

MDC-T Reports Brigadier General To JOMIC

Harare, July 14, 2011 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has lodged a formal complaint with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) over controversial statements made by brigadier-general Douglas Nyikayaramba. ... Full story

Once-Daily AIDS Pill Can Slash HIV Infection Risk

London, July 14, 2011 - AIDS drugs designed to treat HIV can also be used to reduce dramatically the risk of infection among heterosexual couples, two studies conducted in Africa showed for the first time on Wednesday. ... Full story

Sudan plans to cancel citizenship of southerners

Khartoum, July 14, 2011 - Sudan's parliament on Wednesday gave initial approval to cancel the citizenship of South Sudanese, state news agency SUNA said, less than a week after South Sudan became independent. ... Full story

Biti interception Case Ruling Reserved

Harare, July 14, 2011 - High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu on Wednesday reserved judgment in a case in which tormented Finance Minister Tendai Biti sought to interdict some senior police officers from accessing his telecommunications record at Econet Wireless. ... Full story

Zim Expects US$500 Million Budget Deficit

Harare, July 14, 2011 - Zimbabwe's 2011 budget will be increased by a deficit of US$ 500 million making the forecasted budget rise from US$2.7 billion to US$3.2 billion, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Wednesday. ... Full story

Tribute To Zim's Mbira Guru

Harare, 14 July, 2011 – Adam Chisvo, 48, one of Zimbabwe’s leading mbira players died in Harare from diabetic complications on Wednesday. ... Full story

Unhappy Zimbabwe Wants Kyokushinkai Karate World Cup

Harare, July 14, Unhappy with the decision to award the world kyokushinkai middleweight title to the hosting nation’s Suiyegov Ruslan, at the expense of Zimbabwe’s defending champion Samson Muripo, Zimbabwe now wants to host the next edition of the Karate World Cup which comes in 2013. ... Full story

Cane Plant Rescues ZESA

By David Masunda, CHISUMBANJE, Middle Sabi – Zimbabwe’s first ethanol only plant will start producing between 2 to 3 megawatts daily from September, company officials told RadioVOP. ... Full story

Zim Legislators Demand New Cars

Harare, July 13, 2011 - Zimbabwe’s parliamentarians are demanding brand new cars from its cash strapped coalition government arguing that the ones that they have suffered depreciation when they were used during the constitution making process outreach programme. ... Full story

Afghan President Weeps As Slain Brother Is Buried

Karz, Afghanistan, July 13, 2011 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai wept and kissed his dead brother's face as thousands of mourners gathered Wednesday for the burial of Ahmad Wali Karzai, whose assassination a day earlier has left a power vacuum in Afghanistan's volatile south. ... Full story

Egyptian Protesters Seek Removal Of Military Council

Cairo, July 13, 2011 - Thousands of Egyptians marched on the cabinet headquarters in central Cairo on Tuesday to demand the removal of the ruling military council. ... Full story

Bulawayo Roads Neglected

Bulawayo, July 12, 2011 - The Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA) has been accused of delaying Bulawayo’s road re-construction projects by failing to release any funds to the local authority for this year’s implementation plan. ... Full story

Mighty Warriors Dates Banyana Banyana Again

Harare, July 13, 2011 — Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors have been drawn in a tough All Africa Games group where they will play perennial rivals Sough Africa’s Banyana Banyana following the draw that was conducted at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters Tuesday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Own Bengazi

Harare, July 13, 2011 - Zimbabwe has its own Bengazi, named after the strife torn Libyan coastal city. ... Full story

MDC-T Appeals To Parliament, Zanu (PF) Calls For GNU's End

Harare, July 13, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s co-governing Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC-T) has asked parliament to force the country’s partisan security forces to stop meddling in the country’s political affairs and to investigate “treasonous” statements uttered by some senior members of the security sector. ... Full story

Constitution Making: Zanu (PF) In Quandary After Being Trounced By MDC-T

Harare, July 12, 2011 - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) has been thrown into further quandary over how to proceed with the current constitution making process after it emerged last week that the majority of its own supporters in Chivi district had massively rejected the party’s preferred positions during the constitution making outreach process. ... Full story

Brother of Afghan president killed - official

Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 12, 2011- Ahmad Wali Karzai, a brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and one of the most powerful men in southern Afghanistan, was killed on Tuesday, an official and a family member confirmed. ... Full story

Facing Uncertainty, Southern Sudanese Leave Khartoum

Mayo Camp, Sudan, July 12, 2011 - Facing an uncertain future in north Sudan, southerner Elias is packing up his few belongings in a dusty slum just outside the capital Khartoum to head to the newly independent south. ... Full story

Egypt Protesters Reject PM Offer Of Cabinet Reshuffle

Cairo, July 12, 2011 - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said on Monday he would reshuffle his cabinet within a week, but crowds protesting at slow reforms and foot-dragging in prosecuting the ex-president said they were not satisfied. ... Full story

Lovemore Majaivana's Son Sings Like His Dad

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, July 12, 2011 - Do these names ring a bell or two - Tendai Manatsa, Selma Mtukudzi, the late Sam Mtukudzi, Sulumani Chimbetu, and Derrek Majaivana? ... Full story

Peter Ndlovu, Twalumba Relations Turn Sour

Harare, July 12, 2011 - Former Zimbabwe international striker Peter Ndlovu is embroiled in a bitter wrangle with his former employers, Twalumba Holdings who terminated his contract for alleged breach of contract. ... Full story

Zim Finance Minister Hauls Mobile Giant To Court

Harare, July 12, 2011 - Finance Minister Tendai Biti has hauled to court Econet Wireless seeking to bar the mobile telecoms company from releasing any information about his cell phone lines, particularly any call history without a valid court order. ... Full story

MDC Parties Mull Coalition

Harare, July 11, 2011 - The two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties say they are ready to form a broad coalition to fight President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party. ... Full story

Bomb Outside Nigerian Capital Kills Three: Red Cross

Suleja, Nigeria, July 11, 2011 - A bomb blast at a church in Suleja, a satellite town on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killed three people and seriously wounded seven on Sunday, the Red Cross said. ... Full story

Blast Rips Through Cyprus Military Base, 8 Killed

Nicosia, July 11, 2011 - At least eight people were killed and dozens injured in a massive blast which ripped through a military base in Cyprus Monday and shut down the island's largest power plant. ... Full story

15 000 Zim Babies Born From HIV Mums Die Annually

Harare, July 11, 2011- At least 15 000 new born babies get infected with HIV and AIDS annually in Zimbabwe, due to lack of information to pregnant mothers about the Mother to Child HIV Intervention programmes designed to prevent transmission of the HIV virus to the unborn baby, an official has said. ... Full story

Leader Of Small MDC Faction And Three Ministers Arrested Then Released

Hwange,July 11,2011 — Leader of the small Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction and Industry and Commerce Minister, Welshman Ncube who had been arrested on Sunday evening together with three other ministers were released from Hwange police station mid-night after five hours in detention. ... Full story

NRZ Pensioners Paid Paltry Salaries

Bulawayo , July 10, 2011- THE National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) pensioners have been promised an increment this month that will result in the lowest paid pensioner earning over US$50 from US$27 per month. ... Full story

Moyo Calls For Fresh Gukurahundi Probe

Bulawayo July 10, 2011--Zimbabwe Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo on Friday said there should be fresh probes on the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres that occurred in Matabeleland region adding that previous investigations were not properly handled. ... Full story

Infighting Within Zanu (PF) Reaches New Level

Harare, July 10, 2011 - Deputy Labour and Social Welfare Minister Tracy Mutinhiri on Saturday said she had been forced to flee her farm in Marondera after it was invaded by Zanu (PF) supporters. ... Full story

Zim Mighty Warriors lift Cosafa title

Harare, July 10, 2011- Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors have lifted their first ever trophy in international football after defeating South Africa’ Banyana Banyana 1-0 in a hugely attended Cosafa Women’s Championships final at Rufaro Stadium, Saturday. ... Full story

Four MDC Activists Released, Eight Still Remain In Custody

Harare, July 09, 2011 - Zimbabwe High Court on Friday granted bail to four more MDC activists facing trumped up charges of murdering a police inspector in Glenview surburb more than a month ago. ... Full story

US Group Mounts Pressure On KP Over Marange Gems

Harare, July 09, 2011 -United States based diamond trading group, Rapaport Trade said Friday the Kimberley Process's United Arab Emirates (UAE) office has released 14 packets of Marange diamonds for export as expected, but warned members to seek clarification on the Chiadzwa gems as they are plugged by controversy. ... Full story

MDC To Submit Draft CIO Bill To Parly

Harare, July 09, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party has completed drafting a bill to regulate the operations of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). ... Full story

Tsvangirai and Mugabe Under Pressure To End Violence

Harare, July 08, 2011-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his arch-rival President Robert Mugabe have resolved to end sponsored violence to ensure economic recovery. ... Full story

MDC MP Ordered To Undergo HIV Test

Bulawayo, July 08, 2011--Bulawayo Regional Magistrate, Mark Dzira on Thursday ordered the state to take the Member of Parliament for Insiza South, Siyabonga Malandu-Ncube to a government hospital for HIV testing. ... Full story

Soldiers Force MDC Members To Join Zanu (PF)

Chimanimani, July 08, 2011 –Soldiers under the command of Colonel Charles Muresherwa are moving from village to village in Mhakwe and Chikwakwa wards in Chimanimani, forcing MDC supporters to denounce their MDC membership and join Zanu (PF) before July 15 this month. ... Full story

Mighty Warriors Through To Cosafa Final

Harare, July 08, 2011- Zimbabwe's Mighty Warriors are through to the final of the Cosafa Women's championships after beating Tanzania 4-2 on post match penalties on Thursday at Rufaro Stadium. ... Full story

Top Zimbabwean Referees Fail Fitness Test

Harare, July 07, 2011- Top two Zimbabwean referees, Oscar Mukucha and Cosmos Chafa have been struck of the Fifa panel after failing a fitness test conducted by Botswana based Fifa referees instructor Felix Tangawarima. ... Full story

Oprah To Teach In SA

July 07, 2011- Oprah Winfrey is to teach life classes to South African high school students. ... Full story

Protests Intensify In Egyptian Capital Cairo

Cairo, July 07, 2011 - Hundreds of Egyptian protesters have lobbed rocks at the security headquarters and set fire to police cars for two days in a flashpoint city, as growing impatience over delays in trying former regime officials and police accused of killing protesters threatened to plunge the nation back into crisis. ... Full story

Rebels Gain Ground In Lybia

Ghanimah, Libya, July 07,2011 — Rebel victories in Libya’s western mountains are shifting the focus of efforts to topple Moammar Gaddafi’s regime, as fighters close in on cities that control the government’s main supply routes. ... Full story

Controversial Zwambila Ordered To Respond To Sexual Allegations

Harare, July 07, 2011 – Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs ministry has ordered the country’s ambassador to Australia, Jacqueline Zwambila, to respond to allegations of sexual harassment on a male staff member at her Canberra official residence. ... Full story

Malawians Angry At Zimbabwe Over Unpaid Debt

Harare, June 7, 2011 – Malawi central bank has written off the debt it is owed by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) after it has reportedly failed to repay US$22 million. The Malawian central Bank says it has now lost hope that it will recover the money. ... Full story

Government To Maintain Grip On Monopoly As Zimpapers Applies For Licence

Harare, July 06, 2011 - The state owned Zimbabwe Newspapers Group (Zimpapers) has applied for a free to air national commercial radio broadcasting licence a move that might be construed government wants to maintain a strong grip on the media. ... Full story

Journalists Receive Death Threats, SANEF Calls For Vigilence

Johannesburg, July 06, 2011- The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has called on media groups to be vigilant of possible threats to the safety of their journalists following reports of death threats and incidents of alleged intimidation against two Sunday Times reporters. ... Full story

Iron Lady, Christine Lagarde, The New IMF Boss

Washington, July 06, 2011- Christine Lagarde has held three chairs in the French cabinet, helped run a major global law firm, earned several advanced academic degrees and is a member of the French Legion of Honor. Among her first duties as managing director of the International Monetary Fund: mandatory ethics training. ... Full story

ZWRCN Pledges $300 000 To Parly

Harare, July 06, 2011 - The Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) on Tuesday pledged to support the Parliament of Zimbabwe with $ 300 000 to fund gender development. ... Full story

GPA Review Meeting Went Well: Mangoma

Harare, July 06, 2011- Negotiators in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) who metTuesday in Harare confirmed that the meeting went smoothly a sign likely to bring optimism to Zimbabwean citizens. ... Full story

We Will Meet The Deadline: Zim Consulate Assures Citizens

Pretoria, July 05, 2011- The Zimbabwe Consulate has assured fellow Zimbabwean citizens awaiting their passports that they will beat the 31 July deadline that will see the South African government commencing deportation of those found without proper documentation ... Full story

Radio VOP Applies For Operating Licence: Masuku

Harare, July 05, 2011 - One of Zimbabwe's most widely listened to, but currently unlicensed radio stations and websites, Radio VOP, has applied for an operating licence, the Executive Director, John Masuku, has confirmed. ... Full story

RBZ Snubs Parly

Harare,July 05,2011-, 2011 - Embattled Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono was on Monday, June 4, 2011 humiliated by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance, Economic Planning and Investment Promotion after he was turned away together with his senior staff members at a meeting to discuss matters related to the bank’s functions and operations. ... Full story

Phiri Calls For Professionalism At Radio VOP

Harare, July 05, 2011 –Radio VOP Website Editor ,Millie Phiri has called for professionalism at the Radio station and urged correspondents to shun partisan reporting ,bias and inaccuracies to ensure credibility. ... Full story

I Will Not Challenge President Zuma: Motlanthe Assures ANC

Pretoria, July 05, 2011- Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has moved swiftly to dismiss suggestions that he is gearing up to challenge President Jacob Zuma for the party leadership at the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung next year. ... Full story

Dalai Lama Resigns,Visit Washington For A Ritual

Washington,July 05,2011-The Dalai Lama returns to Washington on Tuesday for an agenda packed with chanting and meditating, part of a ritual aimed at leading tens of thousands of followers on a spiritual journey to peace. ... Full story

FIFA Join Hands With Interpol On Match Fixing Investigations: Blatter

Harare,July 05,2011-FIFA president, Sepp Blatter has hinted on a possible life ban on all those implicated in match-fixing scandals in Zimbabwe if found guilty. ... Full story

ZCTU’s Salaries Disclosures Move Is Suicidal : IPC

Harare, July 05, 2011 - A leading human resources consultancy,Industrial Psychology Consultants (IPC) has said the move by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) to disclose huge salaries being paid to top company executives is not wise as this might result in unnecessary conflict in organisations. ... Full story

FIFA Boss Arrives In Zimbabwe

Harare, July 04, 2011-FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrived in Zimbabwe on a private jet Monday at the start of a two-day visit to meet administrators of the southern African nation’s controversy-mired game. ... Full story

Engineering Workers Strike: SA Economy Under Serious Threat

Johannesburg,July 04,2011-Several trade unions, representing about 170,000 workers, started a countrywide strike in the engineering sector on Monday to press for better wages. ... Full story

They Want To Kill Our Supporters: MDC-T

Harare, July 04, 2011-Zimbabwe Republic Police has declared war on Movement for Democratic Change supporters for invading police stations. ... Full story

Biti Confess Ignorance On Diamond Proceeds

Harare, July 04, 2011- Finance Minister, Tendai Biti has said that he has not received any proceeds from diamond sales since January, statements likely to further buttress calls for transparency in diamond mining to weed out corruption. ... Full story

AU Step Closer To Libya Solution

Pretoria, July 03, 2011-The African Union's framework agreement on a political solution to the crisis in Libya took Africa one step towards a political solution in that country, president Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. ... Full story

Obama’s New Contestant In 2012

Austin, July 03, 2011 — This week marked the end of a legislative season in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry got pretty much everything he wanted — especially if what he wanted were talking points for a Republican presidential campaign. ... Full story

Ncube Elected MISA Chairperson

Harare, July 03, 2011– Financial Gazette Deputy Editor Njabulo Ncube was Saturday elected unopposed to the position of Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe Chapter) Chairperson, taking over from Lofty Dube who is now in the MISA regional office trust funds body. ... Full story

Blatter To Grace Cosafa Tournament At Rufaro Stadium

Harare, June 02, 2011- The fourth edition of the Cosafa Women Championships finally roars into life Saturday in what promises to be the most remembered women’s regional competition ever. ... Full story

31 Underprivileged Students Benefits From US Scholarships

Harare, July 02, 2011 – 31 disadvantaged students are set to attend top American Universities following the unveiling of $7 million worth of scholarships by the United States Embassy. ... Full story

Eight MDC Supporters Accused Of Killing A Cop Denied Bail

Harare, July 01, 2011 - High Court Judge Justice Tendai Uchena on Friday denied bail to eight supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) who were charged with murdering a police officer. ... Full story

Fist Raising, A Risk In Zim - Tsvangirai

Harare, July 01, 2011 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says it is now becoming very difficult to raise a "fist" lest people misconstrue what you are trying to get at. ... Full story