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Annan 'Optimistic' About Syria Talks

Geneva, June 30, 2012 - International mediator Kofi Annan said on Friday he was "optimistic" that ministerial crisis talks on Syria's conflict being held on Saturday would produce an acceptable outcome. ... Full story

Aid Workers Kidnapped in Kenya

Dadaab Camps, June 30, 2012 - Gunmen killed at least one person and kidnapped several aid workers in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, close to the border with war-torn Somalia, security sources and the Red Cross said on Friday. ... Full story

ZEC Chief in the Dark on Election Date

Harare, June 30, 2012- Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson Simpson Mtambanengwe says he is in the dark on when the country’s next elections will be held. ... Full story

Govt Probes Food Politicisation

Bulawayo, June 30, 2012 -Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday said the Cabinet has set up a team of Ministers to deal with rampant food politicisation by Zanu-PF. ... Full story

Zim To Adopt US Presidential Poll System

Harare, June 29, 2012 - Zanu (PF) and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have tentatively agreed on a clause in the new constitution to model Zimbabwe’s next presidential election on the American model of introducing a presidential running mate, a development seen keeping in check succession politics. ... Full story

Tribunal Concludes Hearing On Rwanda Genocide Fugitive

Harare, June 28, 2012 - The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), has, concluded its special evidence hearings in the case of Potrais Mpiranya, the Rwandan genocide fugitive believed to be holed up in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Russia Supplying Military Helicopters To Zim

Harare, June 28, 2012 - A Russian newspaper, Kommersant business Daily has alleged that Russia, accused of arming the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is reportedly moving in to supply President Robert Mugabe with military helicopters in a swap deal to buy the world’s second largest platinum deposit. ... Full story

NUST Hosts Joshua Nkomo Lecture in Bulawayo

The lecture will be sponsored by the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe and will be held at Ceremonial Hall at NUST in Bulawayo. The late nationalist and respected liberation war hero Joshua Nkomo died on July 1, 1999 after falling ill. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Police Have Applied To Mine Diamonds

Harare, June 26, 2012 - Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri applied for a diamond concession to be run by the police, a document by Global Witness, a global group that investigates the role of natural resources funding conflict and corruption shows. ... Full story

WOZA Protestors Catch Police Unaware

By Professor Matodzi Harare, June 26, 2012 - More than 500 members of the militant Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) on Monday afternoon marched on Parliament in central Harare demanding the speedy completion of a draft constitution and warned against threats to call a general election before the completion of electoral and democratic reforms. ... Full story

Diplomats Tour Marange Diamond Fields

Harare, June 26, 2012 - European Union diplomats are touring the controversial Marange diamond fields beginning Tuesday on a fact finding mission. ... Full story

IMF Denies Zimbabwe Financial Help

By Ngoni Chanakira Bulawayo , June 26, 2012 – The Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has denied giving cash-strapped Zimbabwe more money before it repays outstanding arrears amounting to more than US$200 million, business sources have confirmed. ... Full story

SA Zuma Not in Zim this Week:Zulu

Harare, June 25, 2012 - South African President Jacob Zuma will not visit Zimbabwe this week to help resolve sticking Global Political Agreement (GPA) as reported as he is busy with his African National Congress (ANC) policy conference, Lindiwe Zulu Zuma's international relations advisor said. ... Full story

Obama, Romney Even Amid Economic Worries

Washington, June 24, 2012 - Fewer Americans believe the economy is getting better and a majority disapproves of how President Barack Obama is handling it, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. ... Full story

Kenya Police Seize Bomb Material

Nairobi, June 24, 2012 - A Kenyan official says police seized material they believe can be used to assemble a bomb, a day after the US warned of an imminent terrorist attack in Kenya. ... Full story

Court Orders Journo To Pay $7000

HARARE, June 24, 2012-The High Court has ordered a Zimbabwean newspaper and a journalist to pay $7 000 for defaming a former ZANU PF legislator who sued the Masvingo Mirror last year. ... Full story

Car Prizes For Top Bodybuilders

Harare, June 24, 2012- The newly formed Musclemania Zimbabwe is offering huge prizes including cars in the 2012Musclemania Zimbabwe bodybuilding competition set for Harare on August 4. ... Full story

Nursing Staff Refuse Blankets Donation For Pregnant Women

UMzingwane June 24, 2012- Nursing staff at UMzingwane Mbizingwe Rural Clinic last saturday refused to accept a donation of blankest for expecting mothers and infants from the Regional Integration and International Co-operative Minister, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga alleging that they got an instruction from their superiors in Harare not to accept the donation. ... Full story

We Can’t Watch Our People Starving: Tsvangirai

Kwekwe, June 24, 2012—Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe will start importing maize from Zambia as most of the country’s provinces are facing serious food shortages. ... Full story

Death Toll From Indonesia Crash Hits 11

Jakarta, June 23, 2012 - The number of people killed when an Indonesian military jet crashed into a housing complex in the capital Jakarta has risen to 11, an air force spokesperson said on Friday. ... Full story

Foreign Journalist 'Detained' in Sudan

Khartoum , June 23, 2012- A correspondent for the international news wire Bloomberg said on Friday she was detained by Sudanese state security agents for five hours while trying to cover a student protest. ... Full story

Zimbabweans Forced Into Slavery Overseas: Report

Harare, June 23, 2012 ---An increasing number of Zimbabwean man and women are being lured into forced labour overseas and other African countries, a new United States government report says. ... Full story

Veteran Journalist Appointed To VMCZ Board

Bulawayo, June 23, 2012 - Veteran Journalist and current Reuters News Agency boss in Zimbabwe, Chris Chinaka has been appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Voluntary Media Council (CMCZ) with immediate effect. ... Full story

US Colleges Awards $4.7 Million To Zim Students

Harare, June 23, 2012--United States colleges and universities have awarded $4.7 million in scholarships to 22 Zimbabwean students who participated in the United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) in the past year. ... Full story

Coltart Slams Inclusive Government Over Wrong priorities

Harare, June 23, 2012 - Education, Sports, Arts and Culture Minister David Coltart has attacked Zimbabwe’s ruling elite for squandering on foreign travels what he says was three times more than his ministry’s 2012 budgetary allocation. ... Full story

Film Shows Horror Of Africa's Rhino-poaching Crisis

Johannesburg, June 22, 2012 - Flies buzz around a hulking pile of flesh and muscle that lies rotting in South Africa's Kruger National Park with its eyes gouged out and scimitar-like horns hacked off in the opening scenes of a shocking new documentary on rhino poaching. ... Full story

Tahrir Square Protests As Egypt Awaits Result

Cairo, June 2012 - Thousands of protesters filled Cairo's Tahrir Square overnight as Egypt's rival presidential candidates, an Islamist and former general, accused each of trying to steal an election whose result is still not known five days after polling ended. ... Full story

Tennis Star Turned Down For Olympics

Harare, June 22, 2012 - The International Tennis Federation has turned down tennis ace Takanyi Garanganga’s application for a wildcard entry at the 2012 London Olympic Games. ... Full story

Caledonia Buckles Under Pressure, To Sell 16% To NIEEF

Harare, June 22, 2012 -Caledonia Mining Corporation has agreed to sell 16% of Blanket Mine to the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Fund (NIEEF) as it moves towards complying with the empowerment rules. ... Full story

Zanu (PF)'s Mliswa Attacks Indigenisation

Harare, June 22, 2012 - Zanu (PF) official Temba Mliswa on Thursday launched an astonishing attack on Zimbabwe’s indeginisation programme in the first indication that President Robert Mugabe’s party is not singing from the same hymn book on economic empowerment. ... Full story

Roki Returns Home Without Maneta

Harare, June 22, 2012 - Disqualified Big Brother housemate, singer and dancer, Rockford 'Roki' Josphats returned to Zimbabwe Thursday night but Maneta blamed by most Zimbabweans for the musicians' ouster was conspicuous by her absence. ... Full story

Law Society Clampdown on Deliquent Lawyers

By Professor Matodzi, HARARE, June 20, 2012-The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) has asked judges to report acts of misconduct committed by legal practitioners during the execution of their duties as it intensify efforts to police the legal profession. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Says Police Forced To Back Mugabe

Harare, June 20, 2012 ---- Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused police commanders of forcing their subordinates to support President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party. ... Full story

Another 13 people killed in accident in Fort Rixon

Bulawayo,June 20,2012—Thirteen people were killed in fatal Kombi crash along the Bulawayo –Fort Rixon road in Matebeleland South early Tuesday morning. ... Full story

Bvute quits Zimbabwe Cricket

Harare, 20 June - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) managing director Ozias Bvute has quit his post at the organisation to pursue a career in Banking. ... Full story

Malawi ministers wants Zim loan probed

Harare, June 19, 2012 --- A Malawian minister has called for an investigation into how the impoverished country extended a U$23 million loan to Zimbabwe without approval from parliament. ... Full story

Fresh Setback As IATA Suspends Air Zimbabwe

By Professor Matodzi HARARE, June 20, 2012-Zimbabwe’s embattled and debt-ridden state-run airline, Air Zimbabwe has been booted out of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in a fresh setback for the ailing airline. ... Full story

Maneta & Roki Disqualified!

For the second time, two Starmates; Roki and Maneta have been disqualified from StarGame. Roki and Maneta were booted out of StarGame after the two engaged in a physical confrontation earlier in the day. ... Full story

Robert Mugabe's motorcade kills one and injures 15

Harare - 19 June - One person has been killed and 15 injured by Robert Mugabe's motorcade, in the third such accident in two weeks in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Devolution Of Power Guaranteed;Mwonzora

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, June 19 2012-COPAC Co-Chairperson, Honourable Douglas Mwonzora has assured Zimbabwean youths that devolution of power is guaranteed in the new supreme law of the land and that Zanu (PF) has no powers to alter that clause. ... Full story

President Mugabe Bashes Finance Minister Biti Over Byo Businesses

By Ngoni Chanakira BULAWAYO, June 19, 2012 - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has castigated his Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, accusing him of sidelining the "City of Kings" - Bulawayo. ... Full story

Free Zimbabweans Concerned About Sata’s Misfiring

Johannesburg, June 18, 2012 - The Free Zimbabwe Global Campaign (FZGC) will stage demonstrations at Zambian embassies around the world on Thursday to protest President Michael Sata's recent utterances on Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Warriors Bounce Back In Afcon

Harare, June 18, 2012 - The Warriors bounced back for a place at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Burundi at the National Sports Stadium Sunday. ... Full story

Greek Pro-bailout Parties Set For Ruling Majority

Athens, June 18,2012 - Parties committed to Greece's bailout were on course to secure a parliamentary majority on Sunday and the radical leftists who had vied for first place conceded defeat in an election that could keep the debt-laden country in the euro zone. ... Full story

Campaigning For Landmark Libya Election Starts Monday

Tripoli, June 18, 2012 - Campaigning for Libya's first national election in a generation will kick off on Monday ahead of July 7 polls to choose an national assembly which will re-draw the autocratic system of rule put in place by ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. ... Full story

Harare Man Sells Ugly Face

Harare, June 18, 2012 - Being ugly has never been a cool thing to be. But for a Harare man it is the only thing that he can be and he is liking it and learning how to make money with it too. ... Full story

84 Abandon Main MDC To Join Smaller Faction

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, June 18, 2012 - Eighty-four members of the mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have abandoned the party to join the smaller MDC faction. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Unemployed Survive On Vending

Harare, June 18, 2012 - Unemployed Zimbabweans have resorted to vending in order to survive. ... Full story

Romney Uses Europe Crisis Fear Factor

Weatherly, June 17, 2012 - Republican Mitt Romney revived a fear factor of his campaign on Saturday, warning that re-electing US President Barack Obama could lead America toward Europe's "bigger and bigger government" and sinking wages. ... Full story

Egypt Military Says Parliament Dissolved

Cairo, June 17, 2012 - Egypt's military told parliament on Saturday it has been dissolved and banned its members from entering the house after a court annulled the last legislative poll, official media and a senior MP said. ... Full story

Warriors Last Chance To Shine

Harare, June 17, 2012-Zimbabwe’s Warriors have their last chance to redeem lost pride when they take on the Swallows of Burundi in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier which could bring them back into the African football picture at the National Sports Stadium this Sunday. ... Full story

ZANU PF Official Investigated For Party Cards Scam

Bulawayo, June 17, 2012- A senior Zanu (PF) official aligned to the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction is being investigated for illegal printing party cards which were dished out to faction members during the District Coordinating Committee elections (DCC). ... Full story

MDC-T Minister Questions Mpofu’s Wealth

HARARE, June 17, 2012—Deputy minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Obert Gutu had questioned Obert Mpofu’s source of wealth after the Mines minister concluded the acquisition of troubled bank, ZABG. ... Full story

Chiefs Might Get 4 x 4 Vehicles: Chombo

Bulawayo, June 17, 2012- Chiefs are likely to get all terrain 4x4 vehicles soon under a loan scheme from the cash strapped government, Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo has said. ... Full story

EU to Syria: No More Caviar, Fancy Cars

Brussels, June 16, 2012 - The European Union sent a message on Friday to the Syrian regime, which stands accused of killing thousands of its own citizens: No more caviar, fancy shoes or primo cigars for you until the violence stops. ... Full story

UN Calls for Aid in 'Overlooked' Mali Emergency

eneva, June 16, 2012 - The UN refugee agency launched an urgent cash appeal on Friday to help thousands uprooted by clashes in Mali, saying that the emergency there had been overlooked. ... Full story

MDC-T Says Will Not Pursue Quarrelsomee Army Chefs

Harare, June 16, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC says it does not wish to victimise top army chiefs who continue to issue threats against its leadership should it come to power. ... Full story

ZESA Lost Money to RBZ - Comptroller and Auditor General

HARARE - June 16, 2012 – Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has lost slightly over US$1million from its tobacco farming activities after the funds were forfeited by the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), the Comptroller and Auditor General Mildred Chiri has said in her latest report. ... Full story

GPA Negotiators to Finalise on Draft Constitution

HARARE, June 16, 2012 - THE Parliamentary Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) management committee goes on a three-day retreat on Sunday at a secret location in desperate attempts to break the gridlock over the final draft of the proposed new constitution. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Snubs Grace Mugabe

Harare, June 16, 2012-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday snubbed the Day of the African Child commemorations which the first lady Grace Mugabe was the guest of honour. ... Full story

MDC Youths Issue Biti With Ultimatum

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, June 15,2012 - Youths of the small faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have warned of mayhem in Bulawayo if the Distressed Industries Marginalised Areas Fund (DIMAF) and tribalism are not dealt with urgently. ... Full story

Greeks To Decide Euro Membership In Nail-Biter Vote

Athens, June 15, 2012 - An upstart radical leftist is racing neck and neck with the conservative heir of a prominent Greek family in an election on Sunday that will decide if Greece stays in the euro zone and which could spread turmoil across global financial markets. ... Full story

Court Rulings Tip Egypt's Transition Into Turmoil

Cairo, June 15, 2012 - Egypt's supreme court ruled on Thursday to dissolve the Islamist-led parliament, plunging a troubled transition to democracy into turmoil just two days before an election to replace ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. ... Full story

Kapini To Face Rooney

By Vusisizwe Mkhwananzi Gwanda, June 15, 2012 – South African based Amazulu FC captain and Zimbabwe Warriors goal minder Tapuwa Kapini is set to write a piece of history in his football career when his side host the world’s most popular team, Manchester United in a pre-season warm-up game at the Moses Mabhida stadium on the 18th of next month. ... Full story

Cotton Farmers Hold On To Crop

Harare, June 15, 2012 - Zimbabwe cotton farmers have vowed to continue holding on to their crop until ginners agreed to pay minimum prices they are demanding. ... Full story

Police Cells Stink: Judges

By Professor Matodzi Harare, June 15, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court on Thursday described the detention cells at Harare Central Police Station as stinking after they inspected the chambers. ... Full story

Late Vice President Nkomo's Son Supports Devolution

Bulawayo, June 14, 2012 - The son of the late Vice President and nationalist, Joshua Nkomo, said devolution of power should be included in the new constitution as this will help in dealing with Gukurahundi victims’ compensation. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Army In Illegal Recruitments

Harare, June 14, 2012 - The Zimbabwe army has illegally recruited 4 600 soldiers throwing this year’s budget into disarray, Finance Minister Tendai Biti told Parliament on Wednesday during a question and answer session. ... Full story

Youth Funds Illegal: Comptroller and Auditor General

Harare – June 14, 2012 - The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) Mildred Chiri has said Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister savior Kasukuwere is making illegal disbursements under the government’s youth fund as the management of the public monies is unlawful. ... Full story

Iraq Bombs Kill 70 Shi'ite Pilgrims, Police

Baghdad, June 14, 2012 - Bombers struck at Shi'ite pilgrims celebrating a religious festival in Baghdad and across Iraq on Wednesday, killing more than 70 people in one of the bloodiest days since the last U.S. troops left the country in December. ... Full story

Tunisian Court Sentences Ben Ali To 20 Years Jail

Tunis, June 14, 2012 - A Tunisian military court on Wednesday sentenced ousted dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to 20 years in jail in absentia for inciting "murder and looting" during a police attempt to smuggle his nephew out of the country during last year's revolt. ... Full story

Mutambara Takes Case To Supreme Court

Harare – June 14, 2012 - Loyalists to Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on Wednesday appealed to the Supreme Court against a lower court’s decision declaring his rival, Welshman Ncube, the leader of a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). ... Full story

Frost Wreck Havoc On Crops In Bulawayo

Bulawayo, June 14, 2012 - Frost damaged crops worth thousands of dollars in commercial farming areas of Esigodini, Umguza, Matopos and Nyamandlovu, which experienced temperatures as low as minus two degrees this week. ... Full story

NCA Congress Deferred As Funds Run Dry

Harare, June 13, 2012 – The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) has indefinitely deferred the holding of its congress until after the constitutional referendum amid reports that the organisation is facing a crisis of funding. ... Full story

Jailed Mubarak's Health Casts Shadow Ahead Of Egypt Vote

Cairo, June 13, 2012 - Speculation about Hosni Mubarak's health has riveted Egyptians since he was sent to jail to serve a life sentence, a reminder that his legacy still hangs over the Arab world's most populous nation days before a run-off election to choose his successor. ... Full story

SA To Dispel Mine Nationalisation Fears: Minister

Johannesburg, June 13, 2012 - Long-running investor concerns about whether South Africa might nationalise its mines will be laid to rest at a ruling party conference later this month, the country's mines minister said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Zifa Resists Fans Calls For Warriors To Play At Rufaro Stadium

Harare, June 13, 2012 - Zifa has turned a deaf ear to calls from football fans to have the Warriors play their Afcon 2013 qualifier against Burundi at Rufaro stadium as opposed to the National Sports Stadium where the team played and lost to Guinea in a Fifa World Cup qualifier earlier this month. ... Full story

EU Assistance To Zimbabwe Continues

Harare, June 13, 2012 - Despite the economic crisis in the Europe, countries in the giant European Union bloc continue to provide humanitarian aid to Africa and in Zimbabwe, Radio VOP has learnt. ... Full story

Mutambara Has No Claim To MDC - Court

Harare, June 13, 2012 – The High Court has dismissed an application by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara’s backers who were seeking the reversal of Industry Minister Welshman Ncube’s election as leader of the smaller Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Boosts Aircraft With Second Airbus

Professor Matodzi Harare, June 12, 2012 - Air Zimbabwe will soon take delivery of its second Airbus A320 aircraft as the state-run airline intensifies efforts to revive and regain passenger confidence and end the chaos that at one time resulted in the suspension of flights. ... Full story

MDC Leader Facing Charges of Insulting Mugabe Denied Bail

Plumtree, June 12, 2012- A Plumtree magistrate has denied the Matabeleland Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) youth assembly leader, Morgan Ncube, bail for likening President Robert Mugabe to a baboon on grounds that he is a threat to national peace. ... Full story

Tsvangirai's Ally Charged With Firearms Possession

By Professor Matodzi Mutare, June 12, 2012 - Zimbabwean police have charged Keresensia Chabuka, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Senator for Mutare, with illegal possession of firearms in a case which could once again strain relations in the coalition government. ... Full story

Two Banks Shut Down

Harare, June 12, 2012 - Genesis Investment Bank Limited has surrendered its banking licence after failing to attract investors to finance its recapitalisation while Interfin Bank Limited has been placed under curatorship after it is also ran into financial problems. ... Full story

Syrian Forces Shell Towns, Clash With Rebels

Beirut, June 12, 2012 - Syrian forces shelled opposition strongholds in the central province of Homs and eastern Deir al-Zor on Monday and clashed with rebels in violence which killed 29 people across the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. ... Full story

West Africa To Seek UN Mandate For Action On Mali

Paris, June 13, 2012 - West African nations will seek a U.N. Security Council mandate for military intervention in Mali where rising Islamist militancy has made the country an international security threat, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Monday. ... Full story

New Regional Movement Of Women Living With HIV

Harare, June 12, 2012 – Zimbabwean celebrity and HIV/AIDS activist, Tendayi Westerhof, has pioneered the formation of a continental movement of women living with HIV as African countries continue to battle the deadly scourge, which is killing thousands daily. ... Full story

Two SADC Officials Join Jomic

Harare, June 12, 2012 – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has seconded its two representatives to Zimbabwe’s Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic), putting paid to months of Zanu (PF)’s resistance to have foreigners drafted into the multi-party group. ... Full story

France's Hollande In Strong Parliament Position

Paris, June 11, 2012 - French President Francois Hollande is on track to win a solid parliamentary majority after a first-round election that leaves him strengthened heading into a flurry of talks with euro zone leaders that could make or break the currency union. ... Full story

ICC Sends Team To Libya After Delegation Detained

Tripoli, June 11, 2012 - Representatives of the International Criminal Court flew arrived in Tripoli on Sunday to try to secure the release of a detained delegation visiting Muammar Gaddafi's captured son, a Libyan official said. ... Full story

Warriors Pick Up First World Cup Point

Harare, June 11, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Warriors have picked up their first World Cup point after playing a goalless draw against Mozambique at the Estadio Nacional de Zempeta Stadium in Maputo on Sunday. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Byo District Dissolved

Bulawayo, June 11, 2012 - Zanu (PF) factionalism in Bulawayo Province turned nasty at the weekend as the whole Bulawayo City Centre District of the party was dissolved on allegations of refusing to take directives from the provincial executive committee. ... Full story

Evicted Farmers Supplying Bulk Of Imported Maize

Bulawayo, June 11, 2012- The bulk of imported maize being supplied to hungry Zimbabweans is coming from former white commercial farmers evicted during the 2000 chaotic land invasions and now farming in Zambia. ... Full story

Syria massacre Outcry Grows

Damascus, June 10, 2012 - Syrian army bombardment of the southern city of Daraa killed 17 civilians, most of them women and children, on Saturday, a human rights watchdog said, as anger grew over a massacre in a central village. ... Full story

UK, Mauritius strike deal on pirates

London, June 10, 2012 - Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK has signed an agreement for Mauritius to prosecute suspected Somali pirates captured by the British navy in the Indian Ocean. ... Full story

Zim’s Youth Unemployment Highest in Southern Africa

Harare, June 10, 2012 - Zimbabwe, whose economy is still under performing, currently has the highest youth unemployment in the Southern African region, says prominent International Council Committee (ICC) economic development and management consultant, Barbara Vitoria. ... Full story

Lawyer's ZINARA Challenge Set For Hearing

Harare, June 10, 2012-High Court Judge Justice Andrew Mutema will on Tuesday afternoon hear an urgent chamber application filed by human rights lawyer, Roselyn Hanzi to interdict the police from arresting motorists, who haven’t renewed their vehicle licence discs. ... Full story

Top African Stocks

Harare, June 10, 2012 - Zimbabwean companies last year excelled on the African stock exchange market with leading insurance provider, Fidelity Life Assurance Company Limited (Fidelity) scooping the top award. ... Full story

Do-or-Die For Warriors

Harare, June 10 , 2012- Its do-or-die for the Warriors of Zimbabwe when they trot onto the Estadio Nacionalde Zempeto Stadium in Maputo Sunday afternoon needing nothing short of victory to stay in the run for a place at the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil. ... Full story

U.N. Monitors Find Signs of Bloodshed at Site of Syrian Massacre

BEIRUT, June 09, 2012 — A team of United Nations observers saw burned buildings and evidence of bloodshed Friday after reaching a village in central Syria to investigate reports that scores of civilians were massacred by pro-government militiamen, activists and residents said. ... Full story

Mutharika's Death: Family Snubs Inquiry

Blantyre, June 09, 2012 - The family of Malawi's ex-president Bingu wa Mutharika on Friday rejected an inquiry into his death, saying facts around his death after a heart attack were already known. ... Full story

Legislators Chased Out of Hotels

Harare-June, 09, 2012-Members of parliament are being chased out of Harare hotels because of the government’s failure to pay for their accommodation bills. ... Full story

Opposition Parties Demand Government Positions

Harare, June 09, 2012 – Four opposition political parties in Zimbabwe have demanded inclusion into the country’s governing processes and further petitioned SADC appointed mediator to the country’s political crisis, President Jacob Zuma to facilitate their participation. ... Full story

Chinese Company Ordered To Stop Coal Mining

Bulawayo, June 09, 2012- Government has ordered a Chinese company to stop coal and coal-bed methane exploration for electricity generation in Gwayi, Matabeleland North province after failing an Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). ... Full story

More Problems For Warriors

Harare, June 09, 2012- It never rains but it pours for the Warriors of Zimbabwe. A few days after they were barred from training at the National Sports Stadium, the Warriors were thrown out of the upmarket Pandari Lodge in Harare Thursday after the Zimbabwe Football Association failed to settle over $100 000 bill for the Warriors’ stay since regrouping for camp two weeks ago. ... Full story

U.N. Monitors Shot At On Way To Syria "Massacre" Site

Beirut, United Nations, June, 08, 2012 - United Nations monitors came under fire on Thursday and were prevented from reaching a village where forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were reported to have massacred at least 78 civilians, U.N. officials said. ... Full story

Sudan Asks AU To Move Summit After Malawi Snubs Bashir

Khartoum, June, 08, 2012 - Sudan is seeking to have next month's African Union summit moved to Ethiopia after host Malawi tried to block President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court, from attending. ... Full story

Zim's Filthy Police Cells Under Spotlight

By Professor Matodzi Harare, June 08, 2012-The Supreme Court is now ready to determine an application filed by four Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) leaders seeking to condemn as uninhabitable the detention cells at Harare Central Police Station. ... Full story

Finance Minister Biti a 'punch bag', Says Prominent Labour Consultant

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, June 08, 2012 - Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti, is a "punch bag", says prominent labour consultant, George Makings. ... Full story

MDC Youth Leader Arrested For Likening Mugabe To A Baboon

Bulawayo, June 07, 2012 - The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) youth assembly chairperson for Matabeleland South province was on Wednesday arrested for calling President Robert Mugabe a baboon during a rally held on Saturday. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Shocking New Constitution Proposals

Harare, JUNE 07 - Zanu (PF) has submitted new proposals to the Parliamentary Constitution Select (COPAC) that the party wants included in the new constitution, a move that may further derail the constitution-making process. ... Full story

Shoppers Mourn Sam Levy

Harare, June 07, 2012 - Sam Levy Village, one of Harare’s exclusive shopping spots, located in the prominent suburb of Borrowdale, resembled a funeral on Thursday morning as news of the death of businessman Sam Levy filtered through to many early morning shoppers. ... Full story

Gono Probe Blocked

Harare, June 07, 2012 – Zanu (PF) on Wednesday blocked its Goromonzi North legislator, Paddy Zhanda, from moving a motion in Parliament calling for the investigation of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono. ... Full story

Assad Names New Syrian PM, Army Battles Rebels

Beirut, June 07, 2012 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad named a Baath Party stalwart to form a new government on Wednesday, signalling no political concessions to a 15-month-old uprising, as the army battled rebel forces near the Mediterranean coast. ... Full story

Egypt's Mubarak Likely To Be Moved To Hospital: Agency

Cairo, June 07, 2012 - Hosni Mubarak's health has deteriorated since the Egyptian ex-president was sent to prison on Saturday and it is likely he will moved to a hospital outside the jail where he is being held, the state news agency reported on Wednesday. ... Full story

Warriors Continue To Fall Down The Rankings

Harare, June 07, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Warriors continue to fall down the Fifa World Rankings after they dropped two places following the latest ratings released by the world football controlling body Wednesday. ... Full story

Mnangagwa Losing Grip In Manicaland

Mutare, June 07, 2012 - Emmerson Mnangagwa’s grip on Zanu (PF) politics in Manicaland appear to be loosening after his camp lost a re-organised election in Makoni amid indications it will surrender other districts it had earlier won. ... Full story

Sata Answers Zimbabwean Critics

Harare, June 07, 2012 - Zambian President, Michael Sata, who has been threatened with protests by Zimbabweans in the United Kingdom during a visit this week, has defended his partisan support for President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Civic Groups Seek Permanent Rights Monitoring Office

Harare, June 6, 2012 – Zimbabwe’s civil society groups have asked the United Nations to set up a permanent human rights office in Zimbabwe to monitor violence. ... Full story

54-Year-Old Woman Sees Red Over Mugabe Poster

By Professor Matodzi Bulawayo, June 6, 2012 - Zimbabwean authorities have hauled to court a 54 year-old woman for allegedly defacing one of President Robert Mugabe’s political campaign posters four years ago. ... Full story

EU Condemns Mudzi Murder And Violence

Harare, June 06, 2012 - The European Union delegation in Zimbabwe on Tuesday denounced violence that caused the death by stoning of a supporter of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party within two weeks after the visit of the UN rights chief Navi Pillay. ... Full story

Nigeria Grounds Dana Air After Deadly Crash

Lagos/Abuja, June 06, 2012 - Nigeria's government has suspended the air licence of Dana Air, two days after 153 people died in the country's worst airline disaster for 20 years, the aviation ministry said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Mubarak's Health Deteriorates In Egypt Jail-Agency

Cairo, June 06, 2012 - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's health suffered a "severe deterioration" on Tuesday after the 84-year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment last week and transferred to a Cairo jail, the official news agency reported. ... Full story

Zim-China Trade Fair In July

Harare, June 05, 2012 - A first ever Zimbabwe-China trade fair will be held early next month in an effort to smoothen trade relations between the giant Asian economy with Harare, it has been established. ... Full story

Over 7 000 Zimbabweans Deported From South Africa

Johannesburg, June 05, 2012- Over 7 000 Zimbabweans were deported from South Africa between January and March this year, according to a joint report by the Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT) and People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (Passop). ... Full story

Sudan Fighting Drives 35,000 Refugees Into S.Sudan

Juba, June 05, 2012 - About 35,000 Sudanese refugees fleeing fighting between the army and rebels have crossed into South Sudan in the past three weeks, stretching water and aid resources to their limits, the United Nations said on Monday. ... Full story

Nigeria Mourns After Airliner Crash Kills 153

Lagos, June 05, 2012 Nigeria recovered bodies and searched for clues on Monday after an airliner crashed in a residential area of Lagos overnight, killing all 153 people on board and prompting the president to declare three days of mourning. ... Full story

Rights Abuses Persist In Marange:HRW

Harare, June 5, 2012 -A United States based human rights group has called on the Kimberley Process (KP) to pressure Zimbabwe to end what it claims are continuing rights violations in the Marange diamond fields. ... Full story

Book Cafe Regrets Cancellation Of Japanese Act

Harare, June 05, 2012 - Zimbabwe premier arts outing, Book Cafe which was temporarily closed by authorities over complications in registering its new venue says it regrets the cancelling of Japanese Afro-Asian maestro, Sakaki Mango's show last week. ... Full story

Violence At Murder Trial

Harare, June 4, 2012 – The murder trial of MDC-T youth leader, Solomon Madzore, and 28 other party activists finally kicked off on Monday amid violent clashes between anti-riot police and dozens of party supporters outside the High Court building. ... Full story

Seven Year Old Boy Narrated Horror Of MDC Activist Murder: Denga

Harare, June 04, 2012 - A seven year old boy braved to narrate the death of Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) activist Cephas Magura in Mudzi after older people could not provide details of how the activist was murdered fearing for their lives, the Joint Monitioring and Implementaion Committee (Jomic) heard. ... Full story

Mubarak Verdict Adds To Tension Before Egypt Vote

Cairo, June 04, 2012 - Egyptian pro-democracy campaigners called for a new uprising on Sunday, saying justice was not served by the trial of Hosni Mubarak and others blamed for the killing of protesters during the street revolt that ended his three-decade rule. ... Full story

Plane Crash In Nigeria's Lagos Kills All 147 On Board

Lagos, June 04, 2012 - A passenger plane crashed into a densely populated part of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, on Sunday, killing all 147 people on board, the airline said. ... Full story

Warriors Disappoint

Harare, June 04, 2012 - Outraged fans on Sunday threw missiles onto the pitch aimed at national coach Rahman Gumbo and sang and danced in favour of suspended Norman Mapeza after the Warriors 1-0 defeat in the first of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Guinea. ... Full story

Mutinhiri Formally Introduced To MDC Supporters

Mudzi,June 04, 2012 - Tracy Mutinhiri, the ex-Zanu (PF) minister and legislator for Marondera East, who recently defected to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party was on Sunday formally introduced to party supporters in her home province. ... Full story

Mpofu in Washington for Diamond Indaba

Harare, June 3, 2012 – Zimbabwe Mines Minister Obert Mpofu left the country on Sunday for a crucial meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to be held in Washington DC as it emerged the United States of America temporarily lifted his travel ban. ... Full story

Obama to Congress: Act Now on Economy

Washington, June 03, 2012 - President Barack Obama wants Congress to act on bills he says will accelerate the economy. He says the country has responsibilities that are "bigger than an election". ... Full story

Cargo Plane Crashes at Ghana Airport

Accra , June 03, 2012 - Witnesses say a cargo plane has crashed after attempting to take off from the international airport in Ghana's capital. ... Full story

MDC Activists Jailed For Assaulting Vic Falls Mayor

Bulawayo, June 03, 2012- Seven Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) activists including three councillors have been jailed for assaulting Victoria Falls Mayor, Nkosilathi Jiyane. ... Full story

Amnesty International Petitions Mugabe over Death Penalty

Harare, June 03, 2012-Amnesty International has petitioned President Robert Mugabe requesting him to use his executive powers to remove death penalty in the draft of a new constitution. ... Full story

Formations Ministers Join Mugabe in Same Flight Home

Harare, June 03, 2012 - Ministers from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for the first time travelled on the same flight with President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

WOZA Members Assaulted over Devolution Demos

Bulawayo, June 02, 2012---Police brutally assaulted several Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) activists on Saturday during a peaceful protest to demand the inclusion of devolution of power in the new constitution. ... Full story

Mugabe’s 2012 Election Bid Fails, Sadc Demands Full GPA Implementation

Harare, June 02, 2012- The regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) has rejected President Robert Mugabe’s plans for an early election insisting on the institution of political reforms before an election can be held. ... Full story

Slowdown in Growth Could Reshape Fight for Presidency

WASHINGTON, June 02, 2012 — The weak employment report on Friday held the potential to reshape the presidential campaign, members of both parties said, lifting Mitt Romney’s efforts to make the race all about President Obama’s handling of the economy and making it harder for Democrats to break through in their efforts to define Mr. Romney on their terms. ... Full story

Gaddafi's Son Stays in Libya, For Now

The Hague, June 02, 2012 - International Criminal Court judges say Libya does not have to hand over Muammar Gaddafi's son, pending a ruling on Tripoli's challenge to the court's right to try him. ... Full story

Zifa Refuses to Shift World Cup Qualifier Match

Harare-June 02, 2012 -The Zimbabwe Football Association have refused to bow down to players’ demands to move Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Guinea to Rufaro Stadium and have maintained the match will be hosted at the National Sports Stadium. ... Full story

Rwandese Refugees Stay Put Despite UN Cessation Clause

Harare, June 02, 2012 – About 800 Rwandan refugees staying in Zimbabwe have refused to go back to their motherland despite spirited efforts by their government to convince them that all is now well in the tiny central African country. ... Full story

South African Vendor Locked Up For Mugabe's Nude Pictures

Harare, June 01, 2012 - A South African-based Zimbabwean is languishing in prison after he was arrested for allegedly possessing skeletal nude pictures portraying President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Magistrate Frees BBC Presenter

Professor Matodzi Bulawayo, June 01, 2012 - The arrested BBC classical music presenter, Petroc Trelawny, was on Thursday freed after Bulawayo magistrate Marilyn Mutshina dismissed the state case against him. ... Full story

Africa Growth Not Enough To Reduce poverty: World Bank

Lagos, June 01, 2012 Africa may have enviable economic growth rates by global standards, but they are still not enough to pull its growing population out of poverty, the World Bank said on Thursday. ... Full story

Whites Key To Reviving Zim Agriculture:MP

By Crisswel Chisango Chinhoyi, June 01, 2012 - Former Mashonaland West governor and Zvimba West Member of Parliament, Nelson Samkange, said on Friday that there was need to work with white farmers who had financial capacity to revive the ailing agriculture sector. ... Full story

Mujaji Gets Olympic Games Wildcard Entry

Harare, June 01, 2012 - The International Paralympic Committee has resolved to accord Zimbabwe sprint champion Elliot Mujaji,a wildcard entry to participate at the 2012 London Olympic Games. ... Full story

Canada Protests Mugabe's Appointment As Tourism Leader

Harare, June 01, 2012 - Canada is withdrawing from the United Nations World Tourism Oganisation next month following the appointment of Robert Mugabe as a tourism leader. ... Full story