Toronto Mom Reunited with Kids after Alleged Abduction

Toronto, December 18, 2012 - A Toronto mother has been re-united with her two children after they were allegedly abducted by relatives in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Newtown Students To Return To Classes In Wake Of School Massacre

Newtown, Connecticut, December 18, 2012 - The schools of Newtown, which stood empty in the wake of a shooting rampage that took 26 of their own, will again ring with the sounds of students and teachers on Tuesday as the bucolic Connecticut town struggles to return to normal. ... Full story

Police Concede Bomb Threat Tied To Mangaung

Mangaung, December 18, 2012 - Four men will appear at the Bloemfontein magistrate's court in connection with a right wing threat "directed" at the ANC's Mangaung conference. ... Full story

MDC Members To Descend At Prison To Witness Release of Jailed Activists

Harare, December 18, 2012 - The Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai were Tuesday expected to descend at Chikurubi Maximum Prison to witness the release of its 21 members jailed on charges of killing a Glenview cop in May last year. ... Full story

Ndlovu 'Stable' As Brother Dies In Car Crash

Harare, December 17, 2012 - Former Zimbabwe international Peter Ndlovu was in a "stable condition" after suffering serious injuries in a car crash which killed his elder brother Adam, a family friend said Sunday. ... Full story

Sall Mediates Ivorian Reconciliation Bids

Dakar, December 16, 2012 - Senegalese President Macky Sall has met Ivory Coast's main opposition party in Dakar in a bid to mediate stalled reconciliation efforts after deadly poll violence last year, his office said on Friday. ... Full story

Family Defies China One-child Rule

Beijing, December 16, 2012- China's one-child rule has numerous critics, but perhaps none have so emphatically defied the policy as a couple who have accumulated four boys and four girls - some born to two surrogate mothers. ... Full story

Tearful Obama Calls For 'Meaningful Action'

Washington, December 16, 2012 - Choking up and wiping away tears, President Barack Obama said on Friday that "our hearts are broken" for the victims of a deadly shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school and called for "meaningful action" to curb gun violence. ... Full story

Mandela Has Surgery To Remove Gallstones

Pretoria, December 16, 2012 - The presidency says former president Nelson Mandela has undergone successful surgery to remove gallstones. ... Full story

Zuma 'Doesn't Waste Time' On Malema

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has said he doesn't have "time to waste" on thinking about expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. ... Full story

The ANC's Top Six Nominees: Who's Who

Johannesburg, December 15, 2012 - If the ANC establishment gets its way, the party's top six leaders elected at its national elective conference in Mangaung next week will consist of President Jacob Zuma and old allies. ... Full story

Mandela: Alive or Dead?

Johannesburg, December 14, 2012 - South Africans seemed satisfied this week that Nelson Mandela's health was taking a turn for the better - until it emerged the government had lied. ... Full story

Community News Activist Acquitted

Kariba, December 14, 2012 - Kariba magistrate Felix Chauromwe on Thursday acquitted community news activist, Kudakwashe Matura, who was being charged with criminal defamation. ... Full story

Teachers Strike Looms In January

Harare, December 14, 2012 - Zimbabwe teachers are bracing for a crippling industrial action in January next year as civil servants push for a salary increment ahead of polls President Robert Mugabe wants held in March without fail. ... Full story

U.S. States Inch Closer to Pre-recession Prosperity

Washington, December 14, 2012 - United States are coming close to the end of a three-year trek back to the financial prosperity they enjoyed before the recession, according to a survey released on Friday that found the recovery is slow and uneven. ... Full story

Tutu Urges Ugandan MPs To Reject Anti-homosexuality Bill

Johannesburg, December 14, 2012 - Archbishop Desmond Tutu argues that the anti-homosexuality legislation Uganda is considering is an instrument of oppression similar to apartheid. ... Full story

Police Raid Zimrights Offices

Harare, December 13, 2012 - Detectives from the dreaded Harare CID Law and Order division on Thursday stormed the offices of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) saying they were investigating the source of a fake voter registration exercise they suspected was being led by the organisation. ... Full story

Banking Deal Sets EU Leaders Up For Upbeat End to 2012

Brussels, December 13, 2012 - The European Union reached a landmark deal on Thursday to make the European Central Bank the bloc's top banking supervisor, giving EU leaders greater confidence that they are gaining the upper hand over the euro zone's debt crisis. ... Full story

The Muslim Brotherhood And The New Egyptian Divide

Egypt, December 13, 2012 - Egypt is running short on common ground. The election of Mohamed Morsi as president was itself a near thing, the longtime Muslim Brotherhood official winning office with less than 52% of the vote over a former prime minister from the time of Hosni Mubarak. ... Full story

Econet Takes Control of TN Bank

HARARE, December 13, 2012 — Econet Wireless has assumed 100% ownership of TN Bank in a deal that would result in the bank’s founder, Tawanda Nyambirai, getting minority shareholding in the mobile operator. ... Full story

Australian Radio Show Pledges $525,000 to Family of Nurse after Prank Call

Australia, December 2012 - The Australian radio station that made a prank phone call to the Duchess of Cambridge’s nurse has announced it will donate at least $500,000 Australian dollars ($525,494 U.S. dollars) to the family of Jacintha Saldanha, reports the BBC. ... Full story

Mandela Is Suffering From a Lung Infection

Johannesburg, December 12, 2012 - Former President Nelson Mandela, who has been hospitalised since Saturday, is suffering from a recurrence of a lung infection and is responding to treatment, the office of South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma, announced on Tuesday. ... Full story

Unknown Attackers Fire At Cairo Protesters, Nine Hurt

Cairo, December 12, 2012 - Nine people were hurt when unknown attackers fired at protesters camping at Tahrir Square in central Cairo on Tuesday, according to witnesses and Egyptian media, as opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi's plans to vote on a new constitution geared up for a day of street demonstrations. ... Full story

Mali's Prime Minister Diarra Resigns After Arrest

Mali, December 11, 2012 - Mali's Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra has resigned hours after being arrested by soldiers while trying to leave the West African nation. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Hits At Zim Exiled Radio Stations

Harare, December 11, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) party on Monday condemned private radio stations and media houses that report on the country from outside Zimbabwe,resolutions of the party's conference show. ... Full story

EU Receives Nobel For Building "Continent Of Peace"

Oslo, December 10, 2012 - The European Union will receive the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo on Monday, honored by the Norwegian committee for bringing decades of peace and democracy to Europe after the horrors and division of two world wars. ... Full story

Ghana's Mahama Wins Election, Opposition Cries Foul

Accra, December 10, 2012 - Ghana's electoral authorities said on Sunday incumbent leader John Dramani Mahama won a new term as president in the West African state in an election the opposition claimed was marred by tampering. ... Full story

Swaziland Urged To Hike Witch-Doctor Tax

Mbabane, December 09, 2012 - A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy. ... Full story

Habib New Wits Vice-Chancellor

Johannesburg, December 09, 2012 - The University of the Witwatersrand has a new vice-chancellor. Professor Adam Habib was offered the position on Friday. ... Full story

3 Dead, 15 Wounded In Nairobi Blast

Nairobi , December 08, 2012- A grenade thrown at worshippers leaving a mosque in a Somali neighborhood in the Kenyan capital killed three people and wounded 15 on Friday evening, the city's police chief said. The explosion was the second in the same Nairobi neighborhood in three days. ... Full story

Mugabe Vows To Overhaul Business Laws

Gweru , December 08, 2012 - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Friday vowed to overhaul business laws to require 100% black ownership of firms, up from 51%. ... Full story

Ghana Vote Set For Second Day

Accra, December 08, 2012 - Ghana extended its presidential election into a second day on Saturday after technical glitches led to long delays in some areas in a country seeking to further burnish its democratic credentials. ... Full story

Zim's Constitution Committee Unconstitutional

Harare, December 07, 2012 - The recent take over of the constitution making process by the three principals who signed Zimbabwe's Global Political Agreement (GPA), is unconstitutional and will further delay the exercise, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Chairperson and Zimrights Director Okay Machisa has said. ... Full story

Banks Bent Over Backwards For Zuma

Johannesburg, December 07, 2012 - After 1994, South Africa's biggest banks bent over backwards to accommodate Jacob Zuma, who regularly splurged on credit. ... Full story

Romney Campaign Had $25.7 Million Left After U.S. Election

Washington, December 07, 2012 - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign had $25.7 million left in the bank days after the November 6 election that ended months of relentless fundraising in the most expensive race in U.S. history, new campaign finance disclosures showed on Thursday. ... Full story

SA Singer In Drug-Fuelled Murder Gets 25 Years

Johannesburg, December 06, 2012 - A South African singer convicted of killing four school children when he lost control of his car during a drug-fuelled drag race was jailed Wednesday for 25 years. ... Full story

Eleven killed in South Africa military plane crash

Johannesburg, December 06, 2012 - Eleven people were killed when a South African military plane crashed during severe weather in a remote area of the eastern Drakensberg mountains, the defense ministry said on Thursday. ... Full story

Sports Awards Nominees Unveiled

Harare, December 06, 2012 - The Sports and Recreation Commission has unveiled the finalists for the 2012 annual National Sports Awards with reigning Sportsperson of the Year, swimmer Kirsty Coventry, among the list. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Torch MDC Houses

Harare, December 06, 2012 - Two members of the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in Gutu were left homeless after their houses were razed to the ground by suspected Zanu (PF) arsonists. ... Full story

The Future of Murdoch's Media Empire

New York, December 05, 2012 - Billionaire mogul Rupert Murdoch‘s plan to split his giant media conglomerate News Corp. into two independent publicly traded companies began to take shape Monday, after the company announced a flurry of management and organizational changes ahead of the breakup. ... Full story

Could Mangaung Be The End Of The Road For Juju?

Johannesburg, December 05, 2012 - Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's political career may be at an end as the potential for him to be reinstated at Mangaung diminishes. ... Full story

Zim Headman on the Run after Petrol Bombing Headmaster’s House

Musengezi, December 05, 2012 - A headman and self confessed Zanu (PF) supporter, Richard Chikwasha is still missing almost two weeks after he petrol bombed a Musengezi Secondary School headmaster's house amid allegations police have failed to act on the matter. ... Full story

BAT Denies Espionage Allegations

Harare, December 04, 2012 - BAT Zimbabwe has finally denied allegations of espionage levelled against the tobacco cigarette manufacturer by its Zimbabwean competitors. ... Full story

French Aid Workers Go On Trial In African Child Adoption Case

Paris, December 04, 2012 - A group of former French charity workers convicted of abducting African children in Chad only to be later pardoned went on trial in Paris on Monday charged with defrauding French families who had hoped to adopt the youngsters. ... Full story

Royal Baby a ‘Delight,’ Especially to Britain’s Tabloids

London, December 04, 2012 - The speculation began virtually the moment Kate Middleton said “I will” to Prince William in April 2011, leaving an industry of tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines with a big black hole where their wedding coverage used to be. ... Full story

Zimbabwe In Tough World Cup Draw

Harare, December 04, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Sables have been handed a tough 2015 rugby World Cup draw following the groupings conducted by the International Rugby Board on Monday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Must Hold Peaceful, Credible Elections: German Minister

Harare, December 03, 2012 - Visiting Germany Development Minister Dirk Niebel on Monday called on Zimbabwe to hold peaceful and credible referendum and general elections in 2013 to end the coalition government formed over three years ago. ... Full story

My Priority Is Job Creation – Tsvangirai

Harare, December 02, 2012- The MDC in government’s top priority is job creation, since there cannot be any real empowerment in the country if people have no jobs, MDC-T President Tsvangirai has said. ... Full story

Damascus: Internet Still Cut, Clashes Continue

Damascus, December 01, 2012- Fighting raged around Damascus on Friday and Internet and phone links in Syria remained cut for a second day, as the capital's international airport reopened to flights after heavy clashes in the area. ... Full story

Sata Tells Army To Deal With Separatists

Lusaka, December 01, 2012 - Zambia's President Michael Sata on Friday told the military to "deal" with a separatist movement in the nation's west. ... Full story

Nearly 30 Dead in Congo Plane Crash - Report

Brazzaville, December 01, 2012 - A cargo plan crashed at Brazzaville airport as it was trying to land in a storm on Friday, killing around 30 residents and also the crew, emergency services and witnesses said. ... Full story

Zim MDC Launches Economic Blueprint

Harare, December 01, 2012 - One of Zimbabwe’s political parties, The MDC-T, led by Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday unveiled its economic blueprint with measures to create jobs and lure billions in investment. ... Full story