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Carpenter In Trouble Over Mugabe Birthday Bash

Mutare, February 29, 2012 - A Zimbabwean carpenter is in trouble for allegedly enquiring on the ability of President Robert Mugabe to blow up birthday balloons given his advanced age and ill-health status. ... Full story

More Than 7,500 killed in Syria, U.N. Says

Amman, February 29, 2012 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be classified as a war criminal, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as the United Nations announced more than 7,500 civilians had been killed by his forces since the start of the revolt. ... Full story

ANC to release final sentencing for suspended Malema

Johannesburg, February 29, 2012 - South Africa's ruling African National Congress said on Wednesday it would deliver its final verdict on the sentencing of suspended youth league leader Julius Malema later in the day. ... Full story

Senegal's Wade Heads For Tough Vote Run-off

Dakar, February 29, 2012 - Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade faces a tough presidential election run-off against his nearest rival after a campaign aide said on Tuesday that partial results ruled out a clear first-round victory. ... Full story

ZMC Sets Police Against Foreign Newspapers

Harare, February 29, 2012- The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has intensified its onslaught against the Sunday Times by setting the police on the popular weekly newspaper. ... Full story

Mutambara Top Ally Resigns

Masvingo, February 29, 2012 – The Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara’s national organising secretary in the MDC-M party Robson Mashiri is believed to have recently resigned citing lack of co-ordination and united effort to make the party vibrant as reasons. ... Full story

85 Percent Of ZITF 2012 Exhibition Space Booked

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, February 29, 2012 - Exhibitors have officially booked 85 percent of 54,540 square metres of net available space at this year's Zimbabwe trade show case, the International Trade Fair (ZITF), which is expected to be officially opened by Vice President, Joice Mujuru. ... Full story

World Boxing Council bans Dereck Chisora

Harare, February 29, 2012 - The World Boxing Council have imposed an indefinite ban on Zimbabwean born British based heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora for his involvement in a brawl with David Haye following Chisora’s points decision loss to Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko on February 19. ... Full story

Zim Needs New Government To End Crisis

Harare, February 28, 2012 - The Zimbabwean crisis needs an election that ushers in a legitimate government chosen by the people, according to a report by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN). ... Full story

Anglican Church Clarifies 'Confusion'

Harare, February 28, 2012 - The Diocese of Harare (CPCA) led by Bishop Chad Nicholas Gandiya has written to its church members pleading with them not to be confused by the rival Anglican Church being run by Nolbert Kunonga. ... Full story

Catholic Church Collapses, Kills Two

Kadoma, February 28, 2012 - Two women died last week here after the roof of a Roman Catholic Church building under construction collapsed due to heavy winds and rains that pounded the town. ... Full story

Woman In Iconic Tsunami Photo Looks To Future

ISHINOMAKI, Japan, February 28, 2012 - The young Japanese woman clutches a beige blanket tight around her shoulders as she stares into the distance. Behind her hulks twisted metal and splintered wood left by the tsunami that devastated Ishinomaki, her hometown. ... Full story

Senegal's Wade Claims Lead In Tight Election Race

Dakar, February 28, 2012 - President Abdoulaye Wade said on Monday he was leading a tight election race with his main rival, Macky Sall, as unofficial vote tallies pointed to a possible run-off between the two for the leadership of Senegal. ... Full story

State Blocks Release of Arrested 13 MDC T Officials

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Beit Bridge, February 28, 2012 – The state has once again invoked the controversial section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CPEA) to deny bail to 13 officials belonging to the Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC- T) arrested on Saturday on allegations of contravening the Public Order and Security Act (POSA). ... Full story

Peter Ndlovu Dreams Big

Harare, February 28, 2012 - Former Warriors captain and Zimbabwe national team assistant coach Peter Ndlovu is dreaming big and believes the Warriors will overcome Burundi despite having had limited time of training together. ... Full story

Former Senior Army Officer Kicked Out Of Bar By CIOs

Harare, February 28, 2012 - A former senior army officer and official of Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn was roughed up and kicked out of an upmarket Harare bar for speaking his mind. ... Full story

Mugabe Inspired By Gospel Singer Shingisai Suluma

Mutare, February 28, 2012 - In what might be viewed as a campaign strategy to drum up support for himself President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's only leader since independence told supporters at his birthday celebrations that he is inspired by a song by gospel star Shingisai Suluma. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) MP Battling For Life After Car Accident - Driver

Harare, February 27, 2012 – Zanu (PF) Chivi North Member of Parliament (MP) Tranos Huruva was on Monday afternoon battling for his life after a serious road accident according to a man who claimed to be his driver. ... Full story

RBZ Sets Up Special Fund To Raise US$150m

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, February 27, 2012 - THE financially beleaguered Reserve Rank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to help raise US$150 million to boost its coffers, Governor Gideon Gono, has confirmed. ... Full story

Arrested MDC T officials Denied Food

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Gwanda, February 27, 2012 - Officials from the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) who were arrested on Saturday on allegations of convening an illegal meeting were this on Monday morning denied food as police turned away party officials from the Charge Office. ... Full story

Gono, Kereke Feud Exposed

Harare, February 27, 2012 - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Gideon Gono has accused his former lieutenant, Munyaradzi Kereke, of betraying him calling him a “turncoat” seeking to curry favour with unnamed national figures after he allegedly authored a dossier specifying the central bank boss’ alleged financial transgressions. ... Full story

South Africa's Mandela Released From Hospital

Johannesburg, Febrary 27, 2012 - Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital on Sunday after a keyhole abdominal examination showed there was nothing seriously wrong with the 93-year-old anti-apartheid leader, the government said. ... Full story

Senegal's Wade In Tight Race For New Term

Dakar, February 27, 2012 - Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade is in a tight race with chief rival Macky Sall, according to early unofficial tallies from the West African state's most contentious poll in recent history, signaling a possible run-off between the former allies. ... Full story

Romney Defends Wealth, Santorum Touts Values

Traverse City, Michigan, February 27, 2012 - In a tight race to win the Michigan primary, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney strongly defended his wealth on Sunday and challenged voters to support someone else if they did not like his success. ... Full story

FC Platinum lift Bob 88 Super Cup

Harare, February 27, 2012 - FC Platinum have lifted the Bob 88 Super Cup after overcoming a battling Hwange 2-0 in the final at Rufaro Stadium Sunday. ... Full story

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Blast

Aden, February 26, 2012 - Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in southern Yemen that killed at least 26 people and injured dozens when it was driven towards a presidential palace in the city of Mukalla in Hadramout province on Saturday. ... Full story

Wade: Africa Envoy Seeks Compromise

Dakar, February 26, 2012 - Africa's top envoy has proposed Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade retire in two years if he is re-elected, in a bid to stamp out tensions on the eve of the nation's most contentious polls yet. ... Full story

5 MDC-T Officials Arrested in Matabeleland South

Gwanda, February 26, 2012 – Fifteen members from the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai were Saturday arrested in Gwanda and Beitbridge for allegedly convening unsanctioned meetings. ... Full story

To Hell With Cameron: Mugabe

Mutare, February 26, 2012 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who celebrated his 88th birthday on Saturday took a swipe on lesbians and gays saying the country will not accept their rights castigating British Prime Minister David Cameron for once saying that African countries that receive aid from Britain must accept gay rights. ... Full story

Khupe Back in Hospital

Bulawayo, February 26, 2012--- Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister and MDC- T vice President Thokozani Khupe is back in a South African cancer hospital for her cancer radiation therapy treatment. ... Full story

Rhodes's remains Will Not Be Exhumed: Mahachi

Bulawayo, February 25, 2012- Cecil John Rhodes remains will not be exhumed from Matopo Hills as his grave is an important historical site besides being a tourist attraction, Dr Godfrey Mahachi, the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) said. ... Full story

Nelson Mandela Admitted to Hospital

Johannesburg, February 25, 2012- Former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital, the Presidency said. ... Full story

Iran Releases US$3,5m For Tractor Project

HARARE, February 25, 2012 - The Government of Iran, whose relations with Zimbabwe are improving fast, has released US$3,5 million to help the country with a tractor project in Willowvale, Ambassador Mohammad Pournajaf, has confirmed. ... Full story

Nuclear Arsenal 'Key To Global Balance'

Moscow , February 25, 2012- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday said that Russia had a global obligation to retain a strong nuclear arsenal as a balance against US power and prevent major conflicts from breaking out. ... Full story

UN Chief Urges Zambia to Fight Corruption

Lusaka, February 25, 2012 - The U.N. chief has urged Zambian lawmakers to spare no one in the fight against corruption. ... Full story

Search For Chihuri Replacement Has Commenced: Tsvangirai

Harare, February 25, 2012 --- Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the two Home Affairs ministers have commenced a search for the new police commissioner general, as the controversy over the reappointment of Augustine Chihuri rages on. ... Full story

Masvingo Residents Give Governor 96 Hours Ultimatum To Reverse NGO Ban

Masvingo, February 25, 2012 – Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD), a locally based Civic Organization that fights for the protection of human rights and democracy has given Governor Titus Maluleke 96 hours to reverse his decision to ban Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Masvingo or risk massive demonstrations in the city. ... Full story

Speaker Wants Corrupt MPs Arrested

Bulawayo, February 25, 2012---Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo last Friday said he wants “zero tolerance of corruption in parliament” saying that, he welcomes the arrest and prosecution of Members of Parliament who were involved in embezzlement of Constituency Development Funds (CDF). ... Full story

Tsvangirai Brands Mugabe A Hypocrite And Tired Election Candidate

By Nkosana Dlamini Harare, February 24, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has lashed out at his coalition partner President Robert Mugabe describing him as both a 'hypocrite and a tired election candidate' leading a group of cowards. ... Full story

Chihuri Vows To Crush Any Egypt/Libya Style Demos

Harare, February 24, 2012 - Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri has vowed to crush any Egypt style public demonstrations describing them as a witchcraft that Zimbabweans should never be part of. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Courts Regional Leaders On Zimbabwe

Harare – February 24, 2012 - South African President Jacob Zuma will visit Botswana and Namibia this weekend as part of a regional offensive to put pressure on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to respect a power sharing agreement. ... Full story

Joint Peace Rallies A Waste Of Time - Zapu

Bulawayo, February 24,2012 —The opposition Zapu has dismissed the joint peace rallies being organised by three political parties in the unity government to discourage political violence saying, it’s a waste of time as Zanu (PF) has never changed its behaviour on violence since 1980. ... Full story

Zim Ranked Top Three African Investment Destination

Bulawayo, February 24, 2012- Zimbabwe has been ranked as one of the top three African countries that offer the best investment returns between now and 2017, according to a five- year country by country economic forecast by an international investment research group. ... Full story

Mighty Warriors Date Cameroon Lionesses

Harare, February 24, 2012 - Tenth ranked Zimbabwe’s Warriors will play Africa’s seventh best women’s soccer team the Lionesses of Cameroon in an international friendly match pencilled for next Saturday. ... Full story

Australia's Rudd To Challenge Prime Minister Gillard

Canberra, February 24, 2012 - Kevin Rudd, who stepped down as Australia's foreign minister this week, said on Friday he would contest a leadership vote against Prime Minister Julia Gillard, bringing to a head a bitter leadership fight engulfing the minority government. ... Full story

US Threatens Sanctions On Somali Peace Spoilers

London, February 24, 2012 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday threatened sanctions on anyone blocking reforms intended to end Somalia's "hopeless, bloody conflict" and counter militant and pirate groups seen as a growing menace to world security. ... Full story

Implats: Zimbabwe partially rejects Mimosa ownership

Johannesburg, February 24, 2012 - Impala Platinum said on Friday that Zimbabwe had rejected part of a plan submitted by its subsidiary Mimosa Holdings meant for the company to comply with the local ownership requirements. ... Full story

Teachers Target July For improved Salaries

Harare, February 23, 2012 - THE Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA), the country’s largest teachers’ labour body, has asked its negotiators with the coalition government over salary increments to push for a significant salary increment by July 2012. ... Full story

Biti's Predictions A Pie in The Sky: Hawkins

Bulawayo, February 23, 2012- Zimbabwe’s inflation rate is set to return to double digits by year-end pushed up by varying rising costs, according to a research paper by a University of Zimbabwe (UZ) economic analyst, Professor Tony Hawkins. ... Full story

Zanu PF Strong-arm Citizens to Attend Its Rallies: ZESN

Harare, February 23, 2012 – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF which is feared for unleashing violence to its opponents is forcing people to attend its political meetings as well as to buy party cards, the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network has revealed. ... Full story

Khupe Gets Prestigious African Award Nomination

Harare – January 22, 2012 - Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe has been nominated for prestigious African award whose past winners include Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. ... Full story

Australia Provides US $6.7 million To Zim’s Seven Towns

Harare ,February 22, 2012 -Australian Government through its International Development Assistance Programme has provided US$6.7 million to improve water and sanitation services in Zimbabwe’ seven small towns. ... Full story

Mozambique to Spend $500m on Airports

Maputo, February 23, 2012 - Mozambique's airport company will spend $500m over three years to modernise its key facilities to encourage more foreign carriers to open routes to the country, its CEO said on Wednesday. ... Full story

UN Gets Tough on Syria As Deaths Rise

Damascus, February 23, 2012 - The UN General Assembly on Thursday demanded an immediate halt to Syria's brutal crackdown, which human rights groups say has claimed more than 6 000 lives over the past 11 months. ... Full story

Iran Defiant After Failed UN Talks

Vienna/Tehran, February 23, 2012 - The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog ended its latest mission to Iran after talks on Tehran's suspected secret atomic weapons research failed, a setback likely to increase the risk of confrontation with the West. ... Full story

Mugabe Threatens to Arrest Tsvangirai

Cape Town, February 22, 2012 - Police should thoroughly investigate and arrest Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for fraudulent activities involving the construction of his official residence, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Monday during an interview on state radio on the eve of his birthday. ... Full story

Koran Burning in NATO Error Incites Afghans

BAGRAM, Afghanistan, February 22, 2012 — Word that NATO personnel had burned an undisclosed number of Korans and were preparing to dispose of many more by incineration set off an angry protest here on Tuesday. NATO officials rushed to apologize publicly and profusely, trying to head off what they feared could be a nationwide outburst of violence as news of the burning was gradually broadcast across the country. ... Full story

Obasanjo Heads to Senegal to Calm Tension

Dakar, February 22, 2012 - Africa's top envoy was expected in Senegal on Tuesday ahead of tense weekend polls, with the opposition hoping he can talk 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade out of seeking a third term. ... Full story

Zim's Crude Death Rate Declines To 15/1000

HARARE, February 22, 2012 – Zimbabwe’s Crude Death Rate now stands at 15 per 1 000 people, according to the United Nations Children's Education Fund (UNICEF). ... Full story

Zanu PF Militia Slapped With 10 Year Sentence for Murdering MDC Activists

Masvingo, February 22, 2012 – High Court Judge Justice Tedious Karwi has blasted Zanu PF terror militia Mupfiga Muchakata (40) for promoting lawlessness and taking law into his hand by murdering two MDC-T activists in the run-up to 2002 presidential election before slapping him with ten years in jail at the close of the Masvingo High court circuit. ... Full story

Education in Crisis as Mugabe, Tsvangirai Blows Over US $25 million on Globetrotting

Harare ,February 22, 2012 –Zimbabwe’s coalition partners addiction with globetrotting might see the country’s ailing education collapsing totally the Education ,Sports and Culture Minister David Coltart warned. ... Full story

Chihuri, Zimondi, Chinese And Parastatals Shower Mugabe With Praise On Birthday

Harare, February 21, 2012-Zimbabwe’s parastatals , ministries and corporates on Tuesday feted President Robert Mugabe with birthday messages as the octogenarian leader celebrated his 88th birthday. ... Full story

Europe Agrees on New Bailout to Help Greece Avoid Default

BRUSSELS, February 21, 2012 — Greece finally secured its second giant bailout early Tuesday after euro zone finance ministers agreed to save it from bankruptcy in exchange for severe austerity measures and strict conditions. ... Full story

Mediator Can Be Fired - Mugabe

Harare, February 21, 2012 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Monday that he reserves the right to disregard efforts by South African President Jacob Zuma to mediate disputes in the nation's troubled coalition government. ... Full story

Top MDC Official Arrested Over 'Assassination Plot'

Harare – February 21, 2012 - Zimbabwean police have arrested the director-general of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on allegations he wanted to kill party members. ... Full story

NAMA Night of Sorrow and Surprise Wins

Harare, February 21, 2012 -Stunner, the Zimbabwe urban groover whose song Godo was expected to scoop awards at the prestigious National Arts Merits Awards (Nama) at 7 Arts theatre in Harare last Saturday lost out to the less favourite, Charles Charamba’s Nyika Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Cricket Begins Inquest

Harare, February 21, 2012- The Zimbabwe Cricket Union will this week begin its inquest into the national cricket team’s poor show in New Zealand where they suffered a triple whitewash defeat in all formats of the game; amid fears senior players could lose contracts. ... Full story

Mugabe, Zuma’s Showdown Looming over Stalled Progress

Harare, February 20, 2012- A showdown is looming between President Robert Mugabe and South African counterpart Southern African Development Community (SADC) appointed facilitator Jacob Zuma. ... Full story

Explosion in Nigeria Injures Five

Suleja, February 20, 2012 - A bomb planted near an abandoned car exploded outside a church in the middle of a worship service on Sunday near Nigeria's capital, wounding five people amid a continuing wave of violence by a radical Islamist sect, authorities and witnesses said. ... Full story

Taliban Gaining More Resources From Kidnapping

LAHORE, Pakistan, February 20, 2012 — A campaign of high-profile kidnappings has provided the Pakistani Taliban and its allies with new resources, arming insurgents with millions of dollars, threatening foreign aid programs and galvanizing a sophisticated network of jihadi and criminal gangs whose reach spans the country. ... Full story

South Africa's Zahara to Serenade Zimbabwe

Harare, 20 February, 2012 -Zahara is South Africa's new sweetheart whose music is played almost monotonously on that country's airwaves and she is bringing her fresh sound to Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Perfect Start for Zimbabwe Football Teams

Harare, February 20, 2012- Zimbabwe football teams, FC Platinum, Hwange and Motor Action, got off to a perfect start in Pan African football with impressive away displays in their maiden appearance in continental football. ... Full story

Mugabe Not Going Anywhere

Bulawayo, February 20 2012 -War Veterans leader ,Jabulani Sibanda said MDC formations and some Zanu (PF) members who want to block President Robert Mugabe from contesting next elections using the new constitution are wasting their time, as “he is not going anywhere”. ... Full story

Gold Panners Killed in Zanu PF Officials’ Mine

Gwanda, February 19, 2012 - Two gold panners working for former ZANU PF Matabeleland South Chairman Rido Mpofu succumbed to carbon monoxide after they blasted John 14 mine Saturday morning. ... Full story

Plan International Response to Radio VOP published Article

Reference is made to a story published on your Radio VOP online edition of 15 February 2012 entitled “Thousands face starvation as Masvingo Governor bans NGOs” written by your Roy Chikara. ... Full story

Kevin Costner: Whitney, You Were Great

Newark, February 19, 2012 – Kevin Costner delivered an emotional tribute to Whitney Houston at her funeral on Saturday. ... Full story

Santorum Says Obama Agenda Not "Based on Bible"

Ohio, February 19, 2012 - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum challenged President Barack Obama's Christian beliefs on Saturday, saying White House policies were motivated by a "different theology." ... Full story

Suspected Somali Pirates Handed to Kenya For Trial

Mombasa, February 19, 2012 - Kenya accepted Saturday to try four suspected pirates from neighbouring war-torn Somalia captured by a Danish warship in the Indian Ocean, officials said. ... Full story

EU Studying NGOs Informationn

Harare, February 19, 2012 -The European Union says Non Governmental Organisations which ZANU(PF) in Masvingo said want to ban their operations have not registered because they since stopped operating adding that the western bloc is studying information of registered and unregistered NGOs before reacting to ZANU(PF) position to ban their operations in the country. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Must Concentrate On SMEs - Says US Ambassador

HARARE, February 19, 2012 - THE Government of National Unity (GNU) must concentrate on the small and medium scale enterprises for the economy to pick up, says United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles ray. ... Full story

No Water At Parirenyatwa General Hospital

HARARE, February 19, 2012 - THERE is no running water at Parirenyatwa General Hospital, Zimbabwe's largest medical facility. ... Full story

Essar Africa To End Zim’s Electricity Woes

Bulawayo, February 18, 2012- Essar Africa Holdings Limited (EAHL), an Indian steel making company has applied to the government to construct and operate a 600 Megawatt (MW) station to generate and supply electricity across the Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Suarez Thanks Fans for Support

Montevideo, February 18, 2012 – Luis Suarez on Friday thanked Liverpool's fans and those of his former club Ajax for their support during the recent racism row engulfing the Uruguayan player. ... Full story

Pakistan Suicide Bomber Kills 25

Peshawar - A suicide motorbike bomber attacked a market in a largely Shiite Muslim area of northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 25 people in the deadliest attack for a month. ... Full story

Underwear Bomber Appeals Life Sentence

Detroit, February 18, 2012 - Nigerian man who was given a life sentence for trying to blow up a packed jetliner using a bomb sewn into his underwear on Christmas Day 2009 has appealed the punishment. ... Full story

Islamists’ Ideas on Democracy and Faith Face Test in Tunisia

TUNIS, February 18, 2012 — The epiphany of Said Ferjani came after his poor childhood in a pious town in Tunisia, after a religious renaissance a generation ago awakened his intellect, after he plotted a coup and a torturer broke his back, and after he fled to Britain to join other Islamists seeking asylum on a passport he had borrowed from a friend. ... Full story

Crowd Fears Draws Dynamos in Bob 88 Cup programme

Fearing a low turnout, organisers of the Bob 88 Super Cup have included popular Harare outfit Dynamos on their menu in order to draw a large crowd at the Bob 88 Super Cup final at Rufaro Stadium on February 26. ... Full story

Zim Female Boxer Knocked Out

Bulawayo, February 18, 2012—Zimbabwe female boxer’s Monalisa Sibanda was knocked out in the 7th round of 10 rounds by Zambia’s Ester Phiri, in the World International Boxing Organisation (Wibo) and World International Boxing Association (Wiba) light welterweight title belts, in Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre on Friday (last night). ... Full story

Seven MDC-T Activists Freed At Last

Harare, February 18, 2012-Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba has ended months of agony for seven Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters who had been languishing in prison since their arrest last May for allegedly murdering a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Supports Ban On Food Relief NGOs

Harare, February 17, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) has stood firmly behind Masvingo governor and party loyalist Titus Maluleke's controversial decision to ban 29 Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) operating in Masvingo accusing them of siding with its enemy, the Movement Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

EU Removes 51 On Zim Sanctions List

Harare, February 17, 2012 -The European Union has removed 51 people and 20 business companies associated with Zanu (PF) which they had slapped with sanctions. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Supporters And War Vets Demand To Exhume Rhodes' Grave

Bulawayo, February 17,2012 - ZIPRA Veterans Trust chairman, Buster Magwizi said a group of Zanu PF) supporters and war veterans led by Monica Mguni-Sikhosana visited Cecil John Rhodes’ grave in Matopos Hills in Matebeleland South province this week demanding to exhume his remains and send them to Britain. ... Full story

Obama Pitches Unfinished Business For Second Term

San Francisco, February 17, 2012 - President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to stoke enthusiasm in California about his 2012 re-election drive, saying he wanted another chance to overhaul immigration and tackle climate change with a second term. ... Full story

Nigerian 'underwear' bomber gets life in prison in US

Detroit, February 17, 2012 - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Nigerian man to life in prison for trying to blow up a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear. ... Full story

Face Book Betrays Rural Boy

Chiredzi, February 17, 2012 – A Chiredzi boy who recently joined Face Book and uploaded his female friend’s photo before giving it a caption that ‘this is a typical Chiredzi prostitute’ will spend the next two months in prison after Magistrate Tinashe Ndokera convicted him for violating the Criminal Codification and Reform Act of Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Tours Marange Diamonds Mines

Marange, February 17, 2012 - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday toured four diamond mines in the vast Marange diamond fields where he said he hoped revenue from diamond sales would be channeled to treasury for the benefit of the nation. ... Full story

Deputy Minister Takes Mugabe Insult Case To Supreme Court

Masvingo, February 17, 2012 - Deputy Minister of Youth, Tongai Matutu, has made an application to a Gweru magistrate demanding that his case of undermining and insulting President Robert Mugabe in 2005 be referred to the Supreme Court. ... Full story

NGO Ban To Distribute Food To Hungry Villagers Dismissed

Harare, February 16, 2012 - A coalition of influential civil society organisations (CSO)’s on Thursday dismissed as a nullity the purported banning of some non governmental organisations (NGO)’s by Masvingo Provincial Governor, Titus Maluleke and vowed to press ahead with their programmes in the communities. ... Full story

MDC-T Minister Denies Abusing Development Funds

Bulawayo, February 16, 2012 - Lucia Matibenga the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Minister for Public Service who was named among Members of Parliament (MPs) who embezzled Constituency Development Funds (CDF) says she is “clean.” ... Full story

Chinese Companies Evade Tax

Harare, February 16, 2012 - Some Chinese companies operating in the country indigenous business people are evading tax, a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority senior official has divulged. ... Full story

MDC-T Ministers Named Among CDF Embezzlers

Harare, February 16, 2012 – The Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) ministers Sekai Holland and Lucia Matibenga have been named among a list of 10 legislators who include a Zanu (PF) deputy minister facing possible prosecution for suspected embezzling of government’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF). ... Full story

Zim Diamond Mining Company To Be Slapped With US Sanctions

Harare, - February 16, 2011 - The newly certified diamond company, Diamond Mining Company (DMC), 50% owned by the government through the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), is going to be slapped with sanctions, the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray has said. ... Full story

China Internet Users strive To spare Businesswoman From Death

Beijing, February 16, 2012 - Thousands of Chinese Internet users have urged China's Supreme Court to spare a 31-year-old death row convict, once one of China's richest women, in a contentious fraud case that has sparked sympathy for the self-made daughter of a peasant. ... Full story

Nigerian Underwear Bomber To Be sentenced in Detroit

Detroit, February 16, 2012 - A federal judge is set to decide on Thursday if the Nigerian man who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit in 2009 will spend the rest of his life in prison. ... Full story

Thousands Face Starvation As Masvingo Governor Bans Ngos

By Roy Chikara Masvingo, February 15, 2012 - Provincial governor, Titus Maluleke on Tuesday left thousands of people in the province exposed to hunger and starvation after he banned over 50 local and international Nongovernmental Organisations (Ngos) from operating in the province. ... Full story

President Mugabe to launch Mimosa community trust

Harare, February 15, 2012 — President Robert Mugabe will launch the Mimosa Community Share Ownership Trust in Zvishavane on Thursday as government presses ahead with the controversial empowerment programme, programme critics say is meant to curry favour with the electorate ahead of possible elections next year. ... Full story

British Ambassador Tells Zanu (PF) To Commit To Constitution Drafting

Bulawayo, February 15, 2012- British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Deborah Bronnert, has said Zanu (PF) should be committed to the drafting of the country’s new constitution. ... Full story

Gono’s New ‘Political Party’

Harare, February 15, 2011 - Gideon Gono, the Reserve Bank governor, intended to form his own political party because he felt President Robert Mugabe and his party, Zanu (PF) were now so weak and no longer relevant to the country according to the latest Wikileaks cables. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Top Official In Mash West Accused Of Being Gay

Chinhoyi, February 14, 2012 - A Mashonaland West top Zanu (PF) provincial official is under public scrutiny over his gay relationship with a white farmer exposing double standards by some party members' stance against homosexuality. ... Full story

Father Fidelis Mukunori Publishes Book On Violence

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, February 14, 2012 - Father Fidelis Mukonori has published a book entitled - "The Genesis of Violence in Zimbabwe" - which was launched last week. ... Full story

Kariba Dam Wall On Zimbabwe Side Risk Collapsing:Mangoma

Harare, February 13, 2012 - The dam wall on the Zimbabwean side on one of the world biggest dams, Kariba is weak and requires urgent repairs to prevent the wall from collapsing, Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma said Monday. ... Full story

Banks Limit Withdrawals to US$200 Daily

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, February 14, 2012 - COMMERCIAL banks in Zimbabwe have slapped a US$200 daily withdrawal limit for customers further frustrating daily chores and business operations in the country. ... Full story

Zurich Most Expensive City, Currencies Drive Costs - Survey

Canberra, February 14, 2012 - Zurich has topped Tokyo to become the world's most expensive city, as surging currencies push up the cost of living in countries like Switzerland and Australia, a survey showed on Tuesday. ... Full story

Tunisia Says It Cracks Islamist "Terrorist" Unit

Tunis, February 14, 2012 - Tunisia has broken up a "terrorist organisation" with links to al Qaeda and arrested 12 members, some of whom had received military training in Libya and were seeking to set up an Islamic state, Interior Minister Ali Larayed said on Monday. ... Full story

Dynamos Under Investigation For Match Fixing

Harare, February 14, 2012 - Popular Harare football club Dynamos is under investigation for match fixing in their 2010 Caf Champions League matches against then Africa Champions TP Mazembe. ... Full story

Troubled Air Zimbabwe To Resume Flights

Harare, February 14, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s troubled national airline, Air Zimbabwe, will next week resume domestic flights after suspending local and international flights early last month. ... Full story

Asiagate: Three Journalists Face Warriors Reporting Ban

Harare, February 14, 2011 - Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has allegedly banned three journalists from covering national soccer matches because they were fingered in the Asiagate football scam. ... Full story

Violence Offers Glimpse Of Greece's Reform Challenge

Atens, February 13, 2012 - Greeks swept rocks and broken glass from the streets of Athens on Monday after a night of violence that gave lawmakers a taste of the challenge they face in implementing a deeply unpopular austerity bill demanded by the country's foreign lenders. ... Full story

Kabila Aide Dies, Minister Hurt In DRC Plane Crash

Kinshasa, February 13, 2012 - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's chief adviser was killed and his finance minister injured in an airplane crash near the eastern town of Bukavu on Sunday, government officials said. ... Full story

Zambia in shock Nations Cup win

Harare, February 13, 2012 - Zambia’s Chipolopolo tore the form book to shreds and brought the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Cup title to southern Africa with a dramatic 8-7 win over tournament favourites the Ivory Coast in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday in front of soccer legend Pele and Fifa president Sepp Blatter. ... Full story

Foreign-Owned Banks Sitting On Cash, Claims BAZ

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, February 13, 2012 - Three of Zimbabwe's foreign-owned commercial banks are alleged to be sitting on more than US$540 million in their accounts abroad, frustrating and worsening the country's cash crisis, the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ), has said. ... Full story

Zim Diaspora To Celebrate Mugabe Birthday With Protests

Harare, February 13, 2012 - Zimbabweans in the Diaspora will use the occasion of President Robert Mugabe’s 88th birthday to stage demonstrations in front of South African embassies in the United Sates, European capitals and South Africa. ... Full story

Police Thump War Veterans

Masvingo, February 12, 2012 – Armed riot police gave veterans of the liberation war a comprehensive thumping this week after they had pushed their luck a step ahead by trying to invade farms owned by black Zimbabweans along Masvingo-Mutare highway. ... Full story

Liverpool Should sell Luis Suarez - Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson labels Luis Suarez "a disgrace" and calls on Liverpool to "get rid of him" after the Uruguay forward refused to shake the hand of Patrice Evra ahead of their Premier League clash at Old Trafford. ... Full story

Whitney Houston, Pop Superstar, Dies at 48

Whitney Houston, the multimillion-selling singer who emerged in the 1980s as one of her generation’s greatest R & B voices, only to deteriorate through years of cocaine use and an abusive marriage, died on Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 48. ... Full story

Death Toll At 41 in Philippines Quake

Manila, February 12, 2012 - The death toll in a magnitude-6.9 earthquake in the central Philippines rose to 41, with 67 people still missing and feared dead, the Office of Civil Defence said on Sunday. ... Full story

Court Evicts Mohadi from “His” Plot

Bulawayo, February 12, 2012- High Court Judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha has ordered co- Home Affairs minister, Kembo Mohadi’s wife Tambudzani Mohadi and son Campbell to vacate a Beitbridge farm owned by four villagers they occupied illegally. ... Full story

Mugabe’s Gvt Dysfunctional as Detainees Remanded in Custody: ZLHR

Harare, February 12, 2012- Human rights lawyers have accused the government of leadership failure for failing to contain the typhoid fever outbreak which last week compromised the justice delivery system after the closure of a local court. ... Full story

Zanu PF Militia Force March Resident to A Party Meeting

Norton, February 12, 2012- Norton Residents are now living in fear of some Zanu PF youths following the initiation of the former ruling party campaign. ... Full story

Even President Was Chosen By God

Harare, February 11, 2012 -Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says that he was God chosen to lead Zimbabwe even though there are some people who do not like his selection. ... Full story

Mberengwa Villagers Forced to Donate towards Chief’s Homestead Electrification

Bulawayo, February 11, 2012---There is outcry in Mberengwa after villagers were forced to pay US$10 each for the electrification of their traditional chief’s homestead. ... Full story

Zambia ‘Keeper Unfazed By Drogba

Libreville, February 11, 2012 – Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene says he is not losing any sleep about sparring with Ivory Coast's feared striker Didier Drogba in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations. ... Full story

Egypt Bars British NGO Worker From Leaving

Cairo, February 11, 2012 - A British woman working for one of several domestic and foreign NGOs under investigation in Egypt was barred from leaving the country on Friday, an airport source told AFP. ... Full story

Sudans’ Oil Feud Risks Shattering a Fragile Peace

KHARTOUM, Sudan, February 11, 2012 — Sudan and the breakaway nation of South Sudan have been locked in an exceedingly dangerous game of brinkmanship over billions of gallons of oil, seizing tankers, shutting down wells and imperiling the tenuous, American-backed peace that has held — just barely — between the two countries after decades of war. ... Full story

We Will Kill Teachers That Are Politically Incorrect: ZANU PF Chair

MASVINGO, February 11, 2012 – Teachers in most parts of Masvingo are living in perpetual fear following some death threats from Zanu PF’s Bikita District Coordinating Committee (DCC) chairman Saviour Masase’s ‘we will kill’ message that he started to preach at rallies last week. ... Full story

Mukwena Murdered and Hands Chopped by ZANU PF Assailants: Mudzuri

Harare, February 11, 2012 - A political activist from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party was murdered in cold blood by alleged Zanu PF assailants in Zaka this week, a Member of Parliament from the party said Friday. ... Full story

Madhuku Urges Zimbabweans To Take To The Streets

Harare, February 10, 2012 - Constitutional law expert and National constitutional Assembly (NCA) Chairman Dr Lovemore Madhuku has urged Zimbabweans to turn their anger towards bad governance into “Libya Style” street protests. ... Full story

Maldives ex-president defiantly awaits arrest

Male, February 10, 2012 - Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed awaited arrest in his house on Thursday, vowing to stay and fight against the government he says ousted him in a coup with the connivance of the police and the military. ... Full story

Mines Nationalisation Not S.Africa's Policy: Zuma

Johannesburg, February 10, 2012 - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Friday nationalising mines was not the policy of his African National Congress (ANC)government, as he sought to lay to rest speculation over government intentions for the mining industry. ... Full story

Disappointing Zimbabwe whitewashed in ODIs

Harare, February 10, 2012 - A disappointing Zimbabwe were Thursday taught a batting lesson in the last of their three One Day International matches as they lost heavily by 202 runs as New Zealand coasted to a 3-0 whitewash in the three match Series. ... Full story

Makosi Deported After Using Fake Passport

London, February 10, 2012 - Former Big Brother UK contestant and former nurse, Makosi Musambasi has been deported from the United Kingdom where she tried to get in using a relative's passport. ... Full story

Murerwa Flown To SA For Medical Attention

Harare, February 19, 2012 - Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Herbert Murerwa who has been not feeling well in the past year was flown to South Africa this week for a medical check-up, government sources have said. ... Full story

Mugabe Outfoxes Tsvangirai Again, Extends Service Chiefs' Terms to 2014

Harare, February 10, 2012 – President Robert Mugabe has outfoxed his fellow principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) again by unilaterally extending the terms of office of the country’s service chiefs by another two years, something that is certain to plunge the shaky unity administration into fresh turmoil. ... Full story

Rights Body To Assist Prosecution Of Zim Human Rights Violators

Bulawayo, February 10, 2012- A South African based human rights organisation has launched a programme encouraging Zimbabweans to document human rights violations by forwarding the names of the perpetrators to their lawyers for prosecution. ... Full story

Police Stop Tsvangirai Lecture Series

Harare, February 09, 2012 – Police on Wednesday night barred Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s lecturer series at a local hotel despite initially giving the organisers permission to proceed with the public meeting to discuss the global financial crisis and implications for Zimbabwe. ... Full story

First Draft Constitution Completed:Copac

Harare, February 09, 2012 - The Constitutional Select Committee (Copac) on the constitution making process on Thursday said the first draft of the new charter has been completed by the principal drafters of the new constitution. ... Full story

Community Radio In Waiting In Fear After Police Visit

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Gwanda, February 09, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s first rural community radio initiative could soon be silenced after police officers from the Law and Order Section began visiting committee members of the Ntepe Community Radio Initiative, a brain child of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Zimbabwe Association of Community Stations (ZACHRAS). ... Full story

European Freeze May Last To End Of February

London, February 09, 2012 - The worst February cold spell Europe has seen in decades may last until the end of the month, leading meteorologists said, raising the prospect of further deaths and an extended spike in European spot gas prices. ... Full story

Gaddafi Daughter Presses UN To Probe Father's Death

Algiers, February 09, 2012 - Muammar Gaddafi's daughter has expressed concern that a United Nations commission looking into human rights violations during the Libya conflict is not trying to find out who killed her father. ... Full story

Zim Civil Servants Take Salary Dispute To Tsvangirai

Harare, February 09, 2012 - Zimbabwe's civil servants have written to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to intervene in their salary dispute with the government of national unity (GNU) after reaching a deadlock over salary increments. ... Full story

Zim's Police Commissioner To Go - Tsvangirai

Harare, February 09, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says there is currently no substantive Police Commisioner general and rumours that Augustine Chihuri has been re-appointed are not true and are therefore misleading. ... Full story

Panic As Zim Banks Run Out Of Cash

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, February 08, 2012 - Some commercial banks in Harare have run out of United States dollars, sending shock waves within the business community. ... Full story

Group Calls For Zim Sanctions Removal

Harare, February 08, 2012 - The International Crisis Group (ICG) says there is need for western governments to consider removing sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) allies as a way of helping the reform process in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Media Monitors Case Referred to Supreme Court

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Gwanda, February 08, 2012 – Gwanda magistrate Sheila Nazombe has referred the case involving three media monitors to the Supreme Court after defense counsel Kossam Ncube argued that the charge against his clients violates the right to freedom of expression and the right to protection of the law. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Youths, Vic Falls Council Blast Mpofu

Roy Chikara in Masvingo Masvingo, February 08, 2012 - Zanu (PF) youths have blasted Minister of Mines, Obert Mpofu for shutting them out of the mining industry by the recent hike of application fees for mines in the country while the Victoria Falls Council has written to the three principals to stop Mpofu from acquiring more assets in the resort town where he now owns about 85 percent of property. ... Full story

Asiagate:New Coach For Warriors As Mapeza Is Suspended

Harare, February 08, 2012 - The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has appointed Rahman Gumbo as the new coach of the Warriors to replace the suspended Norman Mapeza. ... Full story

Whistleblower Summoned Over Blood Scare

Harare, February 08, 2012- A whistleblower who exposed maladministration at the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), where the national blood provider allegedly jeopardised the lives of several patients by administering unhygienic blood has been summoned for a hearing over the exposé. ... Full story

New Maldives Leader Stresses "No Coup" In Paradise

Male, February 08, 2012 - - The new president of the Maldives stressed on Wednesday that he did not take power in the Indian Ocean resort islands in a coup and said that his succession was in line with the constitution. ... Full story

Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill Returns To Parliament

Kampala, February 08, 2012 - A bill that would make the death sentence mandatory for gays who are "repeat offenders" was reintroduced in Uganda's parliament on Tuesday, a move likely to draw fresh condemnation from Western aid donors. ... Full story

Mazoe Families Evicted To Pave Way For The Mugabes

Mazowe, February 07, 2012 - Zimbabwean police on Monday evicted some new farmers in Mazowe in Mashonaland Central province to pave way for the expansion of some farming activities for the country’s first family, the Mugabe’s. ... Full story

Fidel Castro warns of bleak future, touts memoir

Havana, February 07, 2012 - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro painted a bleak picture of the future, saying the world was in its worst situation ever as Cuban television aired on Monday part of a six-hour event last week touting his newest memoir. ... Full story

Egyptians Cancel Meetings With US Lawmakers After Aid Warnings

Washington, February 07, 2012 - An Egyptian military delegation abruptly cancelled its meetings with U.S. lawmakers to return to Cairo on Monday after warnings from both Congress and the White House that Egypt's crackdown on non-governmental groups could threaten its $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid. ... Full story

Zim Employees Suffer From Job Insecurity- Report

Bulawayo, February 07, 2012- Zimbabwe employees suffer from job insecurity because of fears that the unpredictable political climate can wreck economic havoc resulting in company closures, according to a local human resources consultancy firm. ... Full story

Former Zim Football Body Boss In Court For Match Fixing

Harare, February, 07, 2012 - Former Zifa Chief Executive Henrietta Rushwaya who was arrested over a match fixing scandal on Friday was on Monday remanded to February 20 on a U$500 bail. ... Full story

Mujuru Inquest Ends, Court Dismisses Exhumation Request

Harare, February 06, 2012 - The high profile enquiry into circumstances that led to the mysterious death of former retired army General Solomon Mujuru ended Monday morning with presiding magistrate Walter Chikwana emphatically dismissing a family request to have Mujuru exhumed for re-examination by an independent pathologist. ... Full story

Gingrich Vows To Take Fight To "Timid" Romney

Las Vegas, February 06, 2012 - Republican Newt Gingrich vowed on Sunday to press ahead with his struggling presidential bid after a big loss in Nevada, saying he will focus on drawing a contrast with "timid" rival Mitt Romney. ... Full story

Libya Court Postpones Trial Of Gaddafi Loyalists

Benghazi, February 06, 2012 - Libya started and then swiftly postponed court proceedings on Sunday against 41 Libyans accused of helping Muammar Gaddafi crush the popular revolt that ended in his death last year, Libyan news agency LANA said on Sunday. ... Full story

Defiant Zambian Embassy Ends Diplomatic Tiff With Econet

Harare, February 06, 2012- The Zambian embassy has disregarded a government backing shielding it from settling its debt with Econet Wireless for telecommunication services provided three years ago. ... Full story

Police Blamed For Rise In Stock Thefts

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Gwanda, February 06, 20102 - Farmers in Matabeleland South province have blamed the Zimbabwe Republic Police for the increase in stock thefts saying the force is failing to effectively respond to reports due to its depleted fleet amid revelations that 60 cattle are stolen every month. ... Full story

Athletics Body To Hold Olympics Training Camp

Harare, February 06, 2012 - In a departure from the norm, the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) will hold a two week training camp to fine tune the performance of the athletes that have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games which will be held in London from July 27 to August 12. ... Full story

Foreign Papers Defy Govt Ban

Harare, February 06, 2012 - South Africa’s leading weekly newspaper, the Sunday Times, has defied the government ban on foreign newspapers not registered with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) from circulating in the country. ... Full story