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Vatican Slams Nigerian 'Terrorist' Attacks

Kano, April 30, 2012 - Attackers with bombs and guns opened fire at church services at a Nigerian university on Sunday, killing about 20 people as worshippers tried to flee, witnesses and officials said. ... Full story

Mitt Romney’s Road to Presidency This Fall Looks Narrow on Electoral map

Washington, April 30, 2012- It’s no secret that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has a narrow path to win the presidency this fall. Nowhere is that reality more apparent than when examining the electoral map on which Romney and President Obama will battle in November. ... Full story

U.S. Drone Strikes Resume in Pakistan; Action May Complicate Vital Negotiations

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 30, 2012— CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in a month, as the United States ignored the Pakistani government’s insistence that such attacks end as a condition for normalized relations between the two perpetually uneasy allies. ... Full story

Mbeki Masks Away GPA Conversation

Harare, April 30, 2012 - Ex-South African President Thabo Mbeki refused to talk about the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which he brokered in September 2008 when he visited Zimbabwe for the first time in three years at the weekend. ... Full story

Dynamos Massacred, Sparks Debate

Harare, April 30, 2012- Zimbabwe’s Dynamos received their biggest defeat in the Caf Champions League since Zimbabwe’s admission to international football when they were massacred 6-0 by reigning Africa champions Esperance of Tunisia at the Rades Stadium on Saturday. ... Full story

Mujuru Family to Set Up Trust Foundation

Harare, April 30, 2012-The Mujuru family will on May 5 this year launch a Solomon Mujuru Trust Foundation at his Beatrice Farm. ... Full story

Bin Ladens Taken in on 'humanitarian Grounds'

Jeddah, April 29, 2012 - Saudi Arabia has allowed the three widows and children of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden entrance into the kingdom on humanitarian grounds, a Saudi-owned daily reported on Saturday. ... Full story

Children with Disabilities Struggling to Access BEAM

Harare, April 29, 2012 -Children with disabilities are failing to access the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM), an evaluation of the program by UNICEF has revealed. ... Full story

Gaddafi 'Agreed to Fund Sarkozy Campaign'

Paris, April 29, 2012 - Muammar Gaddafi's regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign to the tune of €50m, a news website reported on Saturday, publishing what it said was documentary evidence. ... Full story

South African among Four Captured in Sudan

Khartoum, April 29, 2012 - Four foreigners investigating the debris from recent fighting between Sudan and South Sudan have been captured in the Heglig oilfield area, Khartoum's military said on Saturday. ... Full story

Succession Battle: Mnangagwa Trounce Mujuru

Masvingo, April 29, 2012- Defense Minister, Emerson Mnangagwa gained more ground in Masvingo this week after his camp trounced Vice President Joice Mujuru in district elections held here by ZANU PF in a restructuring exercise ahead of anticipated elections this year. ... Full story

Minister Mushonga Donates Blankets to Pregnant Women

Bulawayo, April 29, 2012- Regional Integration and International Co-operation Minister, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has launched a campaign to buy blankets for donation to rural clinics to alleviate the plight of pregnant women as winter approaches. ... Full story

Police Bars Radio Dialogue Road show

Bulawayo, April 29, 2012- The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) stopped a Radio dialogue Road show outside the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) grounds Saturday in Bulawayo. ... Full story

Nigeria: Papers Boost Security after Blasts

Abuja, April 28, 2012 - Nigerian police stepped up security at newspaper buildings on Friday as authorities probed unprecedented attacks on the media, with two offices belonging to a prominent paper bombed. ... Full story

GDP Report: Rate of U.S. Economic Growth Slows To 2.2%

Washington, April 28, 2012- The U.S. economic recovery slowed in the first three months of the year, with growth falling to an annual rate of 2. 2 percent, as government spending declined, imports rose and the boost last year from a buildup of inventories eased, the Commerce Department said Friday. ... Full story

Botswana Halts Supply of Cattle to CSC

Harare, April 28, 2012 --- Botswana has stopped supplying the Cold Storage Company (CSC) with cattle for slaughter because the Zimbabwean company has been failing to pay its debts, reports said on Friday. ... Full story

Hwange Power Station Unreliable As Four Units Collapse

Harare, April 28, 2012 --- Zimbabwe’s state owned power utility company says its Hwange Power Station broke down on Wednesday forcing it to cut electricity to households for 16 hours a day. ... Full story

JOMIC Demands Opening Of New Radio and TV Stations

Bulawayo, April 28, 2012---Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) has demanded that, new independent radio and television stations be opened in Zimbabwe with immediate effect. ... Full story

Frail Mugabe Tours ZITF in A Vehicle

Bulawayo, April 28, 2012--Ailing Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe toured the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Friday morning in a vehicle for the first time due to poor health and advanced age. ... Full story

GPA-Broker Mbeki Visits Harare

Harare, April 27, 2012 - Former South African President Thabo Mbeki will be Harare on Saturday for the launch of a US$10 million fundraising dinner for the cash-strapped University of Zimbabwe (UZ). ... Full story

Man Lived 94 Years With Bullet In Head

Turlock, April 27, 2012 - The man who held the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head has died at age 103. ... Full story

Taylor verdict: Liberians Fear Instability

Monrovia, April 27, 2012 - Liberians shed few tears for Charles Taylor after their ex-president was found guilty of war crimes on Thursday but there were fears his conviction could undermine a still fragile peace. ... Full story

China Pleads For Bulawayo From Zim Gvt

Bulawayo, April 27, 2012 - The Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Xin Shunkang has said Bulawayo is full of promise and if given a chance his country can turn it into a modern industrial zone. ... Full story

Veteran Journalist Chakaodza Honoured

Harare, April 27, 2012 - The Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) has organised annual memorial lectures for the late veteran journalist and media rights advocate Bornwell Chakaodza who died early this year through illness. ... Full story

MDC-T Urges Chinese Nationals To Stop Exploiting Zimbabweans

Harare, April 27, 2012- The Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan on Thursday expressed concern about increasing reports of abuse of Zimbabwean workers by their Chinese employers. ... Full story

China steals the show at ZITF

Bulawayo, April 26, 2012 - China has stolen the show at this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). ... Full story

Zimbabwe To Send Small Olympics Team

Harare, April 26, 2012 - Zimbabwe is most likely to send 12 athletes only to the 2012 London Olympic Games as most of the athletes in the country do not meet the Olympic qualifying standards. ... Full story

Israeli Pilot Freed In Diamond Case

Patrick Chikwande Harare, April 26, 2012 - A Zimbabwean magistrate court on Wednesday freed an Israeli pilot, Shamuel Klein, arrested last month for allegedly trying to smuggle 8,486 carats of diamonds worth $2 million at Harare International Airport. ... Full story

Mnangagwa Camp Fights To Regain Lost Ground

Mutare, April 26, 2012 - Angry supporters of Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction were on Wednesday camped at the party offices protesting results of key internal elections won by the camp last week but were overturned by the party’s secretary for the commissariat Webster Shamu. ... Full story

Syria Violence Rages, France Tells U.N. To Hurry

Beirut, April 2, 2012 - Syrian forces shot dead four civilians on a bus on Wednesday and fighting raged near Damascus, dissidents said, as international pressure mounted on President Bashar al-Assad to honour U.N.-backed ceasefire pledges to order his troops back to barracks. ... Full story

Court To Give Taylor Verdict In War Crimes Milestone

The Hague, April 26, 2012 - A special court delivers its verdict on Thursday on whether Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor is guilty of crimes against humanity by supporting and directing rebels who pillaged, raped and murdered during the Sierra Leone civil war. ... Full story

Zambian Sata Feels Home In Zimbabwe

Harare, April 25, 2012 - Visiting Zambian President Michael Sata arrived in the country Wednesday afternoon on an official state visit saying he feels happy to be in Zimbabwe, his country's southern neighbour as he prepares to official open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo. ... Full story

Chief Negomo Loses Tsvangirai ‘Marriage’ Case

By Garikai Chaunza Harare, April 25, 2012 - Justice Bharat Patel on Wednesday dismissed Chief Negomo’s decision to fine Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for ‘marrying’ in November. ... Full story

Zim Leaders Issue Constitution Ultimatum

Harare, April 25, 2012 - The three principals in the inclusive government on Tuesday gave the parliamentary committee leading the constitution making exercise up to next week to produce a draft of the supreme law. ... Full story

Zambia's President To Open ZITF

Harare, April 25, 2012 – Zambian President Michael Sata is expected to touch down in Harare on Wednesday afternoon to officially open Zimbabwe's premier trade show in Bulawayo on Friday. ... Full story

Indigenisation To Affect Platinum's Asset Value

Harare, April 25, 2012- The indigenisation drive in the mining sector is going to affect the Net Asset Value (NAV) of foreign Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) operating in Zimbabwe, a new report has shown. ... Full story

VP Mujuru Exploded To Mugabe That She Was Independent Of ‘Rex’

Harare, April 25, 2012 - Vice President Joice Mujuru at one time exploded to President Robert Mugabe as she tried to emphasise to him she was independent of her husband, the late Solomon Mujuru, latest Wikileaks cables show. ... Full story

SA's ANC Party Rebel Malema Loses Appeal

Johannesburg, April 25, 2012 -South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) rejected an appeal from political rebel Julius Malema on Tuesday, cementing his expulsion from the party and President Jacob Zuma's re-election prospects for 2014. ... Full story

New Malawi President Sacks Eentral Bank Governor

Blantyre, April 25, 2012 - Malawi's new president Joyce Banda has fired the aid-dependent nation's central bank governor and named a telecoms CEO to replace him, state radio said on Wednesday, getting rid of another of her predecessor's men as she tries to woo back donors. ... Full story

Romney Targets Obama After Sweeping Five More Primaries

Manchester, New Hampshire, April 25, 2012 - Republican Mitt Romney launched his general election campaign against President Barack Obama after sweeping five primaries on Tuesday, condemning the president for false promises and weak leadership and declaring "a better America begins tonight." ... Full story

Sanctions To Remain Until Free And Fair Poll- Ambassador

Masvingo, April 25, 2012 – Germany Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Hans Guenter Gnodkte, on Tuesday said German and the European Union (EU) will not consider total removal of sanctions before free and fair elections are held. ... Full story

Makopa Blow For Dynamos In Caf Tie

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Tuesday suspended Dynamos midfielder Milton Makopa for the Caf Champions League second round first leg tie against reigning Africa champions Esperance at the Olympique Rades Stadium in Tunis on Saturday. ... Full story

Zim Leaders Issue Constitution Ultimatum

Harare, April 25, 2012 - The three principals in the inclusive government on Tuesday gave the parliamentary committee leading the constitution making exercise up to next week to produce a draft of the supreme law. ... Full story

Judges Demanding Review Of Working Conditions

By Professor Matodzi Harare, April 24, 2012 - Disgruntled High court judges have petitioned Judge President Justice George Chiweshe to review their working conditions. ... Full story

Biti Wanted For 2010 Traffic Offence

Chegutu, April 24, 2012 - Chegutu traffic police section claims it has failed to serve court papers for negligent driving to the Movement for Democratic Change secretary general and finance Minister Tendai Biti. ... Full story

The Zimbabwean Newspaper Applies For Registration

Harare, April 24, 2012 – The weekly Zimbabwean Newspaper has finally applied for registration with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC). ... Full story

Mudenge Held Hostage In Masvingo

Masvingo, April 24, 2012 – Higher and Tertiary Education Minister and Zanu (PF) politburo member, Stan Mudenge, was held hostage for three hours by his party youths on Monday. ... Full story

US Based Jazz Group Trains Bulawayo Artists

Bulawayo, April 24, 2012- A US based jazz group is in Bulawayo to train the city’s' music and dance groups’ arts management. ... Full story

Castle Tankard horses unveiled

By Michael Kariati Harare-April 24- The Mashonaland Turf Club has released the final acceptances for the 50th running of the Castle Tankard, the oldest sponsored horse racing event in Africa. ... Full story

Economist Bashes New Trade and Investment Policy Document

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, April 24, 2012 - The new trade and investment policy document offers nothing new, economist, John Robertson, has said. ... Full story

Sudan Market Bombing A "Declaration Of War": South

Outside Bentiu, South Sudan, April 24, 2012 - Sudanese war planes bombed a market in the capital of South Sudan's oil-producing Unity State on Monday, residents and officials said, an attack the southern army called a declaration of war. ... Full story

Romney To Pick Up Scores Of Delegates In Five U.S. States

Washington, April 24, 2012 - Mitt Romney's expected wins in five states that hold primary votes on Tuesday will earn him scores of delegates on his way to becoming the Republican presidential nominee and allow him to concentrate on a general election campaign against President Barack Obama. ... Full story

Mugabe Feared Mujuru

Harare, April 24, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe feared Solomon Mujuru because the former army commander enjoyed the loyalty of many senior military commanders, a senior Zanu (PF) official was quoted by Wikileaks. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Engages, Ex-lover Suffers Miscarriage

By Professor Matodzi Harare, April 23, 2012- Businesswoman, Locadia Karimatsenga Tembo, the long time lover of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, suffered a miscarriage recently, Radio VOP has learnt. ... Full story

Zifa Asiagate Committee Absolves 30 Players

Harare, APril 23, 2012 - An independent disciplinary ad hoc committee appointed by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to investigate allegations of match fixing has cleared 30 players of any wrong doing. ... Full story

Taylor Verdict Takes Aim At Africa Big Man Impunity

The Hague/Freetown, April 23, 2012 - Begging outside a supermarket in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, Tamba Ngaujah has little doubt who was behind the Revolutionary United Front rebels who, 20 years ago, gave him "short sleeves". ... Full story

Myanmar Parliament Opens Without Suu Kyi

Naypytiam, Myanmar, April 23, 2012 - Myanmar's parliament convened on Monday without Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after her party boycotted the legislature over a disagreement on the wording of the oath of office, just weeks after winning historic by-elections. ... Full story

UN Team Visits Homs, Shelling Stopped

Beirut , April 22, 2012 - A United Nations team of observers visited the dissident Syrian province of Homs on Saturday, hours before the UN Security Council was to decide on increasing the number of monitors in the country. ... Full story

Zuma Weds 6th Wife In lavish Affair

Nkandla, April 22, 2012 - South Africa's polygamous President Jacob Zuma on Saturday celebrated his sixth wedding in a second day of weekend festivities filled with traditional Zulu culture. ... Full story

Revisit Dimaf Conditions, Says Minister Ncube

Harare, April 22, 2012—Industry and Commerce minister Welshman Ncube says CABS should revisit the conditions it put on place for struggling Bulawayo companies to access cheap funds. ... Full story

Corrupt GMB Officials Blocking Grain Loan Programme: Minister Moyo

Bulawayo, April 22, 2012---Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Seiso Moyo said some corrupt Grain Marketing Board (GMB) officials have become a stumbling block in the distribution of maize grain to starving villagers countrywide under the Grain Loan- Scheme. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Outstanding Arrears To IMF Reach US$140m

Harare, April 22, 2012 - ZIMBABWE'S outstanding arrears to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have now reached US$140 million at a time when the country owes the Washington-based group US$550 million, Tendai Biti, the Minister of Finance, has confirmed. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Owes Workers $ 40 Million

Harare, April 22, 2012 - Air Zimbabwe has so far failed to pay its workers close to $ 40 million in salaries arrears. ... Full story

Mbeki To Help Fundraise For UZ Resuscitation

Harare, April 21, 2012 – Former South African president Thabo Mbeki who helped broker the uneasy Global Political Agreement (GPA) in September 2008 after numerous trips to Harare is returning to Zimbabwe to help with raising money for the ailing institution. ... Full story

Secret Service Ousts Three More in Colombia Scandal

The repercussions from the burgeoning Colombia prostitution scandal continued to mount Friday as the U.S. Secret Service forced out three more employees, while agency director Mark Sullivan gave his first briefing to President Obama on the alleged misconduct of those in charge of protecting him. ... Full story

We Beat Them, Sudan's Bashir Says

Khartoum, April 21, 2012 - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said on Friday his troops had defeated South Sudanese forces who occupied his country's main oilfield, but added that the battle was not over. ... Full story

Zim's Debt Arrears To Reach US$8b In 2012: Minister Biti

Harare, April 21, 2012 - ZIMBABWE'S arrears to creditors continue to mount with the external debt position projected to grow to more than US$8 billion this year, the Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, has confirmed. ... Full story

Zanu PF Byo Leaders, A Joke: Sibanda

Bulawayo, April 21, 2012- Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) leader, Jabulani Sibanda has described Zanu-PF leaders in Bulawayo as a “big joke” following the suspension of party’s Bulawayo Provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela recently. ... Full story

Mutasa Joins Race To Succeed Mugabe

Mutare, April 21, 2012 – Didymus Mutasa, Zanu PF secretary for administration and a fierce loyalist of President Robert Mugabe, has joined other heavy weights in Zanu PF in the race to succeed the 88-year old leader. ... Full story

Mrs Zuma Number Six Readies To Wed

KWANXAMALA village, home to Jacob Zuma, was abuzz last night with excitement and anticipation ahead of the president’s wedding on Friday, when Bongi Ngema officially becomes Mrs Zuma number six. ... Full story

Mali's Military Frees Arrested Officials

Bamako, April 20, 2012 - Mali's military has released all the senior political and army officials it arrested earlier this week, the army leaders behind last month's coup said on Thursday. ... Full story

China Assisting North Korean Missile Programme

Washington, April 20, 2012 - China has provided some assistance to North Korea's missile program, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, a week after the hermit state's failed rocket launch triggered international condemnation. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Business LAw Seen Enriching Black Elite

Washington, April 20, 2012 - The Zimbabwean government's drive to force foreign businesses to give 51 percent of their shareholding to locals will benefit the few black elite and must be reviewed, Finance Minister Tendai Biti told Reuters Thursday. ... Full story

Police Mum On Missing Cash From Accident Scene

Roy Chikara Masvingo, April 20, 2012 - Pension Simbaneuta who lost his wife in the Mega link bus accident, that killed 21 people here, on Thursday alleged police had failed to account for the 30 000 South African rands that his wife had on her. ... Full story

Australian Ambassador Impressed With Inclusive Govt

By Garikai Chaunza Harare, April 20, 2012- Australia Ambassador to Zimbabwe Matthew Neuhaus said he is impressed on how the inclusive government is working together. ... Full story

Activist Locked For Disrespecting Chief

Bulawayo, April 20, 2012- A Bulawayo Agenda activist has been languishing at Matobo Police Station in Matabeleland South since Sunday for questioning the sentencing of a villager by Chief Masuku during a traditional court. ... Full story

Saturday Zim Protests Aimed At Zuma

Johannesburg, April 19, 2012 - Zimbabweans in South Africa will on Saturday mark Zimbabwe’s Independence anniversary with protests targeted at South African President Jacob Zuma to force him to speed up the mediating talks on Zimbabwe. ... Full story

IFJ Attains UNESCO Associate Status

Paris, April 19, 2012 - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has been given an associate status in UNESCO, a decision which will strengthen its partnerships with the United Nations body. ... Full story

Libya Insists On Gaddafi Son Trial As ICC visits

Tripoli, April 19, 2012 - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor met Libyan officials in Tripoli on Wednesday where they reiterated that Muammar Gaddafi's detained son would be tried at home, despite calls by the Hague-based court to hand him over. ... Full story

Congo's Kabila Appoints Premier

Kinshasa, April 19, 2012 - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila named finance minister Matata Ponyo Mapon as his new prime minister, the government said on Wednesday, in a move aimed at improving the central African state's business environment. ... Full story

Support Census Count- Mugabe

Harare, April 19, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe has urged Zimbabweans to support the census count scheduled for August. ... Full story

Fresh Hurdle For Air Zimbabwe

By Professor Matodzi Harare, April 19, 2012 - Air Zimbabwe faces fresh hurdles in its bid to resume operations after it emerged this week that the ailing airline owes more than $1 million to aircraft insurers. ... Full story

FC Platinum Wins Independence Trophy

Harare, April 19, 2012 - FC Platinum won the Independence Trophy in a dramatic fashion on Wednesday after coming from behind to equalise in injury time before winning the tie 4-1 on post match penalties at the expense of Motor Action at the National Sports Stadium. ... Full story

Mugabe Bashes West And Says Violence Should Stop

Harare, April 18, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe has again appealed for an end to violence and bashed the West for insisting on economic sanctions which he said were hurting the country. ... Full story

NCA Pushing Zimbabweans To Reject New Constitution

By Professor Matodzi Harare, April 18, 2012- The National Constitutional Assembly insists it will oppose the new constitution draft and campaign for people to reject it at a referendum planned for later this year. ... Full story

Mighty Warriors Date Senegal In Hwange

Harare, April 18, 2012 - Zimbabwe are leaving nothing to chance in their showdown against Nigeria’s Super Falcons and have lined up a friendly match against the Nigeria’s rivals Senegal as part of their preparations for the Falcons tie. ... Full story

Angry North Korea Threatens Retaliation, Nuclear Test Expected

Seoul, April 18, 2012 - A bristling North Korea on Wednesday said it was ready to retaliate in the face of international condemnation over its failed rocket launch, increasing the likelihood the hermit state will push ahead with a third nuclear test. ... Full story

SA Outraged By Changes To UN Western Sahara Report

United Nations, Paril 18, 2012 - South Africa's United Nations envoy voiced outrage on Tuesday at the watering-down of a U.N. report on the disputed territory of Western Sahara, which the Polisario Front independence movement says the world body changed due to French and Moroccan pressure. ... Full story

Farm Workers Stranded As Mavhaire Takes Farm

Roy Chikara Masvingo, April 18, 2012 - Over 30 families have been left homeless after Zanu (PF) politburo member, Dzikamai Mavhaire, invaded the 5 000 hectares Sheba Ranch farm and conservancy and kicked out everyone. ... Full story

Stanchart Accused Of Misappropriating Funds

By Professor Matodzi Harare, April 18, 2012- One of Zimbabwe’s leading commercial banks, Standard Chartered Bank (Stanchart), has been hauled to court by a farmers association for misappropriating $86 880. ... Full story

China Biggest Exhibitor At Trade Show, US, UK Boycott

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, April 18 2012 - China is the biggest foreign exhibitor at Zimbabwe's premier trade show which opens next Tuesday while the USA and Britain have continued to snub the annual show. ... Full story

Inclusive Parties Divided Over Independence

Harare, April 17, 2012 - The Morgan Tsvangirai Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will attend Wednesday independence celebrations under protest because it is against the use of the indigenisation theme that Zanu (PF) has insisted on. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Wants Zuma To Adress Media Reforms

Harare, April 17, 2012 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he wants South African president Jacob Zuma to address the outstanding issue of media reforms in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Davis Cup Team

Harare, April 17, 2012 - Tennis Zimbabwe has picked a strong four member team for the 2012 Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group Three qualifiers to be held in Tunisia starting from July 2. ... Full story

African Union Suspends Guinea-Bissau Over Coup

Guinea Bissau, April 17, 2012 - The African Union says it has suspended Guinea Bissau's membership of the organisation after a coup last week by the west African state's military. ... Full story

Zim Minister Promises To Hand Over Rwanda Fugitives

Harare, April 17, 2012 - A Zimbabwean Cabinet minister has promised the government of Rwanda that Harare will do everything it can to arrest fugitives of the 1994 genocide reported to be holed up in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Mugabe Bans Student Activism

By Professor Matodzi Harare, April 17, 2012 - Zimbabwean students sponsored under President Robert Mugabe scholarship fund to attend universities in neighbouring South Africa have been banned from engaging in political activism. ... Full story

Nothing To Cheer On Independence Day - Sikhala

Harare, April 17, 2012 - Leader of the MDC-99, Job Sikhala, said on Monday the Zanu (PF) regime had killed more people than the regime of Ian Smith, former Rhodesian Prime Minister. ... Full story

Prisoners Not Getting Enough Food - Committee

Harare, April 17, 2012 - Zimbabwe prisoners are complaining of lack of food and an absence of meat in their diet, according to a Parliamentary portfolio committee report on human rights. ... Full story

Zim Should Release Genocide Fugitives - Survivors

Harare, April 17, 2012 - Survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide want countries such as Zimbabwe to apprehend genocide fugitives who have fled to their countries and bring them to Rwanda to face justice. ... Full story

Vox Media To Meet Information Parliamentary Committee

Harare, April 16, 2012 – Vox Media Productions has been invited by Parliament to give its views on radio licensing to the parliamentary committee on Information. ... Full story

Twenty-one Perish In Bus Accident

Harare, April 16, 2012 - Twenty one people died in a bus accident along the Masvingo-Beitbridge road on Monday morning after the bus they were travelling in overturned, police confirmed. ... Full story

The Late Deputy Transport Minister Denied Hero's Status

By Nkosana Dlamini Harare, April 16, 2012 - Zimbabwe needs to change the one man party political culture that is stifling freedom, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said at the funeral of the late deputy minister of Transport on Sunday. ... Full story

Tension As Chief Grabs Council Seat

Criswell Chisa Hurungwe, April 16, 2012 - Tensions are high between Chief Chundu and the people because of his allegiance to Zanu (PF) and forcibly grabbing a council seat left vacant when Paddington Chavhuruma of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) died in 2010. ... Full story

Artists Pay Tribute To Late Mparutsa

Harare, April 16, 2012 - Musical icon, Oliver Mtukudzi, on Sunday praised the late Walter Mparutsa for not dying a destitute. ... Full story

Young Mighty Warriors Out Of World Cup

Michael Kariati Zimbabwe’s Young Mighty Warriors are out of the 2012 World Cup after they were beaten 3-0 at home by Nigeria’s Falcons at Rufaro Stadium Sunday. ... Full story

Coached and Confident, North Korea's Kim Echoes Grandfather

Seoul, April 16, 2012 - Most North Koreans never heard their late leader, Kim Jong-il, speak. His son, smiling and joking with generals on a podium as he watched a big military parade on Sunday, shattered that mould. ... Full story

Bissau Military Creates Transition Council After Coup

Bissau, April 16, 2012 - Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau dispersed anti-military demonstrators and closed down private radio stations on Sunday as their commanders put in place a transitional council that effectively consummated their coup. ... Full story

Former Top Ranking Army Officer Denies Mugabe Links In Marange

Harare, April 15, 2012 - Retired army Colonel and top loyalist to President Robert Mugabe, Tshinga Dube has dismissed suggestions he has been assigned to the powerful job of being Marange Resources chair to safeguard Mugabe's political interests. ... Full story

Quake Strikes Indonesia's Sunda Strait

Jakarta, April 15, 2012 - A moderate 5.9-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's Sunda Strait early on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. ... Full story

President Jacob Zuma To Marry Again

Johannesburg, April 15, 2012 - President Jacob Zuma is to marry his long-time fiancée, Bongi Ngema, next weekend, the Sunday Times reported in its early edition on Saturday evening. ... Full story

USAID Funds Male Circumcision Promotion Soccer Tournament

Bulawayo, April 15, 2012-- A soccer tournament promoting male circumcision as a means of reducing the spread of HIV/Aids funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) kicks off in Bulawayo on Sunday. ... Full story

Mudede Incompetent ZANU PF Activist and Liar: ZAPU

Bulawayo, 15 April 2012--The opposition Zapu said Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede is an “incompetent liar and a Zanu (PF) activist” who should not be part and parcel of any election process in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Moment Of Truth For Young Mighty Warriors

Harare, April 15, 2012-A moment of truth awaits the Young Mighty Warriors when they trot onto Rufaro Stadium Sunday for a showdown with the Falconets of Nigeria in a 2012 Fifa World Cup qualifier. ... Full story

Murder, Hate Crime Charges in US Shooting

Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 14, 2012 - Prosecutors have filed murder and hate crime charges against two men arrested in an Easter weekend shooting spree that left three people dead and terrorized this Oklahoma City’s black community. ... Full story

Algeria Buries First President Ben Bella

Algiers, April 14, 2012 - Algeria buried its first post-independence president Ahmed Ben Bella, hailed as an anti-colonial hero and the father of the nation, in a sombre and rain-drenched ceremony on Friday. ... Full story

No Mid-Season Break For Premiership Clubs.

Harare, April 14, 2012- Premier Soccer League clubs will not have a mid-season break this year due to congestion in the soccer programme both on the domestic scene and the international calendar. ... Full story

We Will Not Allow Condoms in Schools: ZIMTA

Bulawayo, April 14, 2012 --Teachers said they won’t allow condom distribution in schools, as that will be child abuse. ... Full story

MDC-T Appeals For SADC Help

Harare, April 14, 2012 -Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should urgently appoint the proposed three-member committee to work with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), citing the slow pace of the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA). ... Full story

African Leaders Find Solace in Foreign Health Care As Ordinary Citizens Suffer

Harare, April 14, 2012 - While President Robert Mugabe has managed to fly to Singapore and other Far East countries several times for medical checkups, local health facilities continue to deteriorate. ... Full story

Principals Delay Zuma Visit

Harare, April 13 - Zimbabwe's principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) are delaying South Africa president Jacob Zuma’s visit to Harare intended to break the political impasse. ... Full story

Late Malawi Leader Asked Mugabe For Advice

Harare, April 13, 2012 – Malawian late President Bingu Wa Mutharika came to Zimbabwe in February to buy anti-riot gear for his police force and to ask his ally President Robert Mugabe advice on to tackle problems bedevilling his country which were similar to what Harare experienced in the past years, it has emerged. ... Full story

FC Platinum through to Independence Trophy final but....

Harare, April 13, 2012 -FC Platinum have booked a place in the USD 50 000 Independence Trophy final after overcoming visiting Hwange 3-1 in a controversial match played at Mandava Stadium Thursday to book a date with Motor Action in next Wednesday’s final. ... Full story

Theatre Guru Walter Muparutsa dies

Harare, 13 April, 2012 - Theatre guru, playwright and actor Walter Muparutsa died on Thursday night after a long illness. ... Full story

Zim Facing Shortage Of Rental Properties

Simon Moyo Harare, April 13, 2012 - The shortage of properties to rent has sent rentals sky rocketing although value of most properties is poor. ... Full story

Teachers Demand Shares In Foreign Companies

Bulawayo, April 13, 2012 –Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) president, Tendai Chikowore, has demanded that government cede some shares to teachers from all foreign companies being grabbed by government under the indigenisation programme. ... Full story

Bissau Soldiers Attack Home Of Poll Front-runner

Guinea Bissau, April 13, 2012 - Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau attacked the residence of former Prime Minister and presidential election front-runner Carlos Gomes Junior on Thursday in what regional ministers condemned as an attempted coup in the small West African state. ... Full story

North Korea Suffers Major Blow As Rocket Crashes

Pyongyang/Seou, April 13, 2012 - North Korea admitted its much hyped long-range rocket failed to deliver a satellite into orbit on Friday while U.S. and South Korean officials said it crashed into the sea a few minutes after launch, dealing a blow to the reclusive state. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Dispatches Envoy To Angola

Harare, April 12, 2012 - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday dispatched an envoy to Angola to brief its leader on problems dogging Harare’s inclusive government. ... Full story

Zapu official arrested over Devolution of Power

Bulawayo, April 12, 2012 - Stanley Ncube, the opposition Zapu’s organising secretary for Umguza constituency in Matebeleland North was arrested on Wednesday for campaigning for “devolution of power” to be included in the new constitution. ... Full story

Govt Debt Cripples Bulawayo City

Bulawayo, April 12, 2012- Government departments owe the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) close to US$4million in outstanding rates payments dating back from last December. ... Full story

Mugabe Back Home From Singapore

Harare, April 12, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe arrived back home Thursday morning in an unmarked white Airbus plane which touched down at Harare International Airport at 7:13 am. ... Full story

Huge Quakes Off Indonesia Stir Panic, But No Big Tsunami

Banda Aceh, Indonesia, April 12, 2012 - A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending people scurrying from buildings as far away as southern India, but there seemed little risk of a disastrous tsunami as in 2004. ... Full story

Congo's Kabila Says To Arrest Wanted Army General

GOMA, Congo, April 12, 2012 - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced on Wednesday that authorities would arrest a serving army general wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. ... Full story

Warriors Move Up Without Kicking A Ball

Harare, April 12, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Warriors have moved two places up the Fifa World Rankings without even kicking a ball, thanks to the computer that updates the rankings. ... Full story

President Mugabe Expected Home, Zim Editors Summoned

Harare, April 11, 2012 - Information, Media and Publicity minister Webster Shamu on Wednesday summoned editors from private newspapers to complain about incessant reports on President Robert Mugabe’s reported health woes. ... Full story

Sudan Accuses South Of Assaulting Oil Area

Khartoum, April 11, 2012 - Sudan said on Wednesday it would use "all legitimate ways and means" to oppose what it said was South Sudan's assault on an oil-producing border region disputed between the two countries and long marred by clashes. ... Full story

After Game-Changing Run, Santorum Quits White House Race

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, April 11, 2012 - Rick Santorum ended his improbable run for the White House on Tuesday after leading a Republican tilt to the right that could dog the more moderate front-runner, Mitt Romney, in November's election. ... Full story

Tsunami Warning For Indian Ocean

Indonesia, April 11, 2012 - An earthquake of 8.7 magnitude struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday, sending residents there and in India dashing out of their homes and offices in fear. ... Full story

Vice President Mujuru's Name Used To Swindle Farmers

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Collen Bawn, April 11, 2012 – Seven men and a woman who purported to be spearheading Vice President Joice Mujuru’s chicken project conned chicken farmers USD 2000 by selling them day old chicks. ... Full story

Deputy Transport Minister Mudzingwa Dies

Harare, April 11, 2012 - Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development and former secretary of defence in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, Tichaona Mudzingwa has died, the party announced Wednesday. ... Full story

Three Whites Lose Farm To Mahofa

Roy Chikara in Masvingo Masvingo, April 11, 2012 - Three white farmers here have been ordered to vacate their 5 526 hectare conservancy to pave way for former deputy Minister for Gender and Youth, Shuvai Ben Mahofa. ... Full story

12 Burnt To Death In Road Accident.

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi West Nicholson, April 10, 2012 – Twelve people including a pregnant woman and a toddler were burnt beyond recognition at the 170 km peg along the Bulawayo – Beit Bridge highway when a Volvo haulage truck collided head on with a South African registered Toyota Hilux on Monday night. ... Full story

MISA Appoints Female Director

Windhoek, April 11, 2012 - The regional Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is now headed by a female, Zoe Titus, who had been acting in the position since last November. ... Full story

Zim Dates SA in Five-A-Side World Cup Qualifier

Harare, April 11, 2012 - The Zimbabwe Five-A-Side national soccer team has been drawn to face traditional rivals, South Africa, in the 2012 World Cup qualifiers, the first leg of which is on May 6. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Drought, A National Disaster: ZCFU

Bulawayo, April 10, 2012 - A farmer’s organisation has appealed to the government in Zimbabwe to declare the drought affecting most parts of the country due to erratic rainfalls a national disaster. ... Full story

Syria Truce Doubtful - Fighting Rages

Antakya, April 10, 2012 - A military bombardment of a town in central Syria killed 30 people on Monday on the eve of a scheduled army withdrawal from urban areas, opposition activists said, dashing the prospects of a UN-brokered ceasefire taking hold. ... Full story

Airlines Abandon South Sudan Flights

Khartoum, April 10, 2012 - Airlines cancelled flights from Sudan to the newly independent South on Monday, travellers said, after new rules treating the route as international took effect. ... Full story

Garan’anga’s Olympic Dream Hangs By a Thread

Harare, April 10, 2012- Takanyi Garan’anga’s chances of appearing at the 2012 London Olympic Games are hanging by a thread after the International Tennis Federation has asked Tennis Zimbabwe to submit another application for the Zimbabwean to be considered for wildcard entry. ... Full story

Mugabe Dumps Air Zimbabwe At Last

Harare, April 10, 2012 -President Robert Mugabe has dumped the country’s disgraced airline, Air Zimbabwe after he opted for a private aircraft to ferry him during his visit to Singapore last week. ... Full story

Mixed Reports on Mugabe's Health

Cape Town, April 10, 2012 – Contrary to reports that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is "fighting for his life", in a Singapore hospital, a member of his party Zanu-PF has said that "he is enjoying an Easter break with his family in Asia", a report said on Monday. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Banks On Samba Magic

Harare, April 10, 2012-The shaky coalition government is considering plans to source planes from Brazil in a bid to breathe life into Air Zimbabwe which has been grounded since January. ... Full story

Minister Kasukuwere Bashes Pretoria Portland Cement

Harare, April 9, 2012 - The Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Employment Creation, Savior Kasukuwere, who has been in the news for probably the wrong reasons, has lashed out at Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), accusing them of doing absolutely nothing for their communities. ... Full story

Pakistan Avalanche: All 135 Feared Dead

Islamabad, April 9, 2012 - The Pakistani military on Sunday dug through snow, boulders and slush in an increasingly desperate search for 135 people buried in an avalanche, as hopes faded of finding any survivors. ... Full story

Nigeria Easter Car Bomb Attack Kills 38

Lagos, April 9, 2012 - A state emergency management official says 38 people were killed in a car bombing that struck a central Nigeria city. ... Full story

FC Platinum Out of Africa

Harare, April 9, 2012- FC Platinum are out of the Caf Champions League after being humbled 3-0 by Sudan’s El Merreikh Saturday in the second leg of the first round of the continental tournament in Sudan. ... Full story

Shocked Mugabe said Mutharika was an African Hero

Harare, April 9, 2012-- President Robert Mugabe said he is shocked by the death of Malawian leader Bingu wa Mutharika, whom he described as a “close friend”and an African hero who helped him to fight western sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Zanu-PF Snubs Joint Political Parties Peace Rallies

Bulawayo, April 09, 2012 -Zanu-PF’s Bulawayo province is not attending weekly joint peace rallies held in the country’s second city because it has not been given a go ahead by the party leadership, Radio VOP was told. ... Full story

Joyce Banda sworn in as new Malawi president

Lilongwe, April 8, 2012- Malawi's Vice-President Joyce Banda has been sworn in as president following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika. ... Full story

Egypt Group Names Cleric Candidate

Cairo, April 8, 2012 - An ultraconservative Islamist party in Egypt has put forward a leading Muslim cleric recently banned from entering France as its presidential candidate. ... Full story

Don't Take Me Yet, Begs Ailing Chavez

Caracas, April 8, 2012 - President Hugo Chavez's made an emotional plea this week that put his health and political future in the spotlight, begging God "don't take me yet" at an Easter mass after months of brave faces and reassuring words. ... Full story

Zim Owes AfDB US$510m, Says Minister Biti

Harare, April 8, 2012 - The cash-strapped Government of Zimbabwe owes the African Development Bank (AfDB) US$510 million, the Minister of Finance, Tendai Bit, has confirmed. ... Full story

Muzhingi Wins Two Oceans Marathon

HARARE, April 8, 2012—Three-times Comrades marathon winner, Stephen Muzhingi won the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Saturday taking home the R250 000 prize money. ... Full story

Mukoko Commends GVT on Moves To Ratify Torture Convention

Harare, April 8, 2012 – Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) director Jestina Mukoko has commended government for finally swallowing its pride and initiating steps to ratify the United Nations (UN) convention against torture. ... Full story

US Concerned Over Transition Delay

Washington, April 07, 2012 - The United States said Malawi's vice president should take charge soon following the death of the country's leader on Friday, voicing concern over the delay in succession. ... Full story

After a Winter of Strong Gains, Job Growth Ebbs

Washington, April 07, 2012- Although signs pointed to a strengthening economy earlier this year, the jobs report on Friday came with a message: don’t get ahead of yourself. ... Full story

Devolution Play Premiered In Bulawayo

Bulawayo, March 07, 2012- A Bulawayo based theater group has launched a play showcasing why devolution of power is necessary in Zimbabwe despite President Mugabe and Zanu-PF condemning it as divisive. ... Full story

New Constitution Will Not Guarantee Fair Polls: Dabengwa

Harare, April 7, 2012 – ZAPU President Dumiso Dabengwa has warned of a public backlash if President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party proceed on their unpopular path to overturn the wishes of the people in the current constitution making process. ... Full story

MP’s Family Lashes Zanu PF Over Neglecting Huruva

Chivi, April 07,2012- Zanu PF Member of Parliament (MP) for Chivi North constituency and Masvingo provincial political commissar Tranos Huruva’s family members have come out with guns blazing attacking Zanu PF for neglecting the ailing MP who has been battling for his life for close to a month now. ... Full story

Chombo Is A Cruel Man: Zvidzai

Bulawayo, April 07,2012-- Deputy Minister of Local Government and Urban Development Sesel Zvidzai who is also an MDC-T member has blasted Minister Ignatius Chombo saying he is a “cruel man” abusing the Urban Council Act by continuing to fire and suspend mayors countrywide. ... Full story

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika 'Dead'

Lilongwe, April 06, 2012- President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi has died, doctors and cabinet ministers have told the BBC, but this has not been officially announced. ... Full story

RBZ US$150m Fund Won't Affect Interest Rates - Analysts

HARARE, April 6, 2012 - THE US$150 million Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Fund meant to improve the country's liquidity crisis will not affect interest rates in the short term due to the strain already affecting the financial sector, market analysts have said. ... Full story

The Political Deadlock over National Debt

Washington, April 06, 2012- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) accused President Obama last week of setting the nation on an “unsustainable” path that would endanger “our kids and grandkids.” Obama, in turn, alleged this week that Ryan and Republican front-runner Mitt Romney were trying “to impose a radical vision on our country. . . thinly veiled Social Darwinism.” ... Full story

Museveni Rule 'Fuelling Discontent'

Kampala, April 06, 2012 - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's growing reliance on a trusted inner circle and his suppression of opposition is fuelling widespread resentment and could lead to violent conflict, the International Crisis Group says. ... Full story

Reprieve for Foreign Banks

Harare, April 06, 2012 - Finance Minister Tendai Biti on Thursday said the banking sector which is threatened by the indigenisation policy must not be forced to cede 51 percent of their shares to locals and the government as the financial services sector generates revenue on their own. ... Full story

Govt Forcibly Grabs 51% in Mining Companies for Failure to Comply

Bulawayo, April 06, 2012- The government has forcibly grabbed a 51% shareholding stake in all mining companies for failing to comply with the controversial indigenisation and black empowerment laws, according to a government notice. ... Full story

Chombo Fires Gwanda Mayor

Bulawayo, April 06, 2012 —Ignatius Chombo, the Local Government and Urban Development Minister is at it again, as he suspends smaller MDC Gwanda mayor Lionel De Necker. ... Full story