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Who is Behind Juju’s Trip?

Johannesburg, July 31, 2012- Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is expected to address a public meeting in London on Tuesday, but he has refused to reveal any details of his visit. ... Full story

US 'wasted' $206m on Iraq police training

Baghdad, July 31, 2012 - The United States wasted about $206m on building facilities for a now-downsized Iraqi police training programme which a top official termed "useless", an audit by a US watchdog released on Monday said. ... Full story

Clinton to visit S Sudan on Africa trip

Washington, July 31, 2012 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit troubled South Sudan on an 11-day Africa trip starting this week aimed at spurring economic growth, peace and security, a US official said on Monday. ... Full story

Ignore Zanu PF and Madhuku: Says Welshman Ncube Led MDC

Harare, July 31 2012-The Welshmen Ncube led MDC says ZANU(PF) and National Constitutional Assembly are taking the people of Zimbabwe for granted by denouncing the draft constitution before it gets to a referendum. ... Full story

Coventry Reaches 200 Individual Medley Finals

London, July 31, 2012- Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry Monday reached the finals of the 200 metre Individual Medley a day after she finished second from last in the semi finals of the 100 metre backstroke. ... Full story

Firebrand NCA Chair Threatens A No Vote

Harare, July 30, 2012- National Constitutional Assembly chairperson Professor Lovemore Madhuku says country is going to have a heavily contested referendum with his organisation currently compiling a ‘long’ list of defects in the draft constitution it will soon present to the public. ... Full story

Swazi King, Wives on London, Vegas Jaunt

Mbabane, July 30, 2012 - Restricted Swazi media are self-censoring news of King Mswati’s latest lavish trip abroad. But international reports on the international shopping spree and vacation by the king and his many wives to London and Las Vegas are being circulated widely by political dissidents. ... Full story

Couple Stoned to Death in Northern Mali

Bamako - A spokesperson for the radical Islamic group controlling northern Mali says a couple who had an adulterous relationship was stoned to death this weekend in the town of Aguelhok. ... Full story

100 days to go: Obama Ahead, But At Risk

Washington, July 30, 2012 - With 100 days to go before the US election, President Barack Obama appears to have a slight edge over Republican rival Mitt Romney, though he is still at the mercy of a stumbling US economy. ... Full story

Romney Backs Jerusalem US Embassy Move

Jerusalem, July 30, 2012 — US presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke aggressively on Sunday about protecting Israel from Iranian nuclear threats and suggested that he was open to breaking with US policy dating to 1967 by moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem if the Israelis asked. ... Full story

Bulawayo Residents Face Severe Water Rationing

Bulawayo, July 30,2012--Bulawayo City Council (BCC) pleaded with government to urgently complete the Mtshabezi-Mzingwane water pipeline as the city faces critical water shortages after most supply dams have been decommissioned and tight water rationing introduced. ... Full story

Egypt’s Islamists Tread Lightly, but Skeptics Squirm

CAIRO, July 29, 2012 — During Egypt’s presidential campaign, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi, made no apologies for the group’s slogan: “Islam is the solution.” ... Full story

Don't Lean Against Whites, Says Mugabe

Cape Town, July 29, 2012 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has castigated Western leaders, saying that they could use Zimbabweans to fight against each other in their endeavour to "exploit" the country, according to a report on Friday. ... Full story

MDC Backs Draft Constitution

Harare, July 28, 2012 - The party of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai pushed on Saturday for approval of a disputed draft constitution needed for new elections, calling it "the best document" possible. ... Full story

Rwanda Blasts Decisions to Withdraw Aid

Dakar , July 29, 2012 - Decisions by international donors to withdraw aid to Rwanda are "hasty" and "based on flimsy evidence", Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo reportedly has said. ... Full story

Queen Wishes to Visit Zimbabwe

Harare, July 29, 2012-Relations between Britain and Zimbabwe are strained, and President Robert Mugabe can’t set foot in London because of European Union imposed travel bans. ... Full story

Goche’s Ministry Responsible for Air Zim Woes: Kaseke

Harare, July 29 ,2012-ZimbabweTourism Authority Chief Executive Karikoga Kaseke says Transport and Communications Ministry is responsible for the total collapse the National Airliner, Air Zimbabwe which is now grounded. ... Full story

Romney Faces Perils and Opportunities in Israel

JERUSALEM, July 28, 2012 — Mitt Romney’s visit here this weekend was scheduled around the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, not the Jewish calendar. But the timing, on the solemn fast day of Tisha B’av, has turned out to be both auspicious and fraught. ... Full story

Mali President Returns Home After Attack

Bamako , July 28, 2012 - Mali's interim president has returned home, two months after he sought medical treatment in France when he was badly beaten by protesters. ... Full story

Zim Warned on Rushing Bank Seizures

Nyanga, July 28, 2012 - Zimbabwe's central bank chief warned on Friday the country's fragile economy could grind to a halt if the government rushes its planned seizure of majority stakes in foreign-owned banks. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Power Cuts to Persist For 10 Years

Nyanga, July 28, 2012 - Energy-starved Zimbabwe will suffer longer and more frequent power shortages for the next 10 years, a senior official said on Friday. ... Full story

Gumbo’s Warriors Job Under Threat

Harare, July 28, 2012- A few weeks after losing his job as coach of Premiership side FC Platinum, Rahman Gumbo’s position as Warriors coach is also hanging by a thread amid revelations that Zifa are meeting Saturday to appoint a substantive coach of the Warriors. ... Full story

Biti Wants to Reap Where He Didn’t Sow: Mpofu

Bulawayo, July 28, 2012-The Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Obert Mpofu has vowed not to remit money from Marange diamond proceeds to the Ministry of Finance which is headed by Tendai Biti from the MDC-T. ... Full story

Romney High-Profile Trip Abroad Off To Rocky Start

London, July 27, 2012 - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's high-profile overseas trip got off to a rocky start on Thursday when he was forced to clarify a comment seen as criticizing London's handling of the Summer Olympics that he came to celebrate. ... Full story

Ghana's Ruling NDC To Name Mahama As Election Candidate

Accra, July 27, 2012 - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party has agreed to name President John Dramani Mahama as its candidate in a presidential election due in December, a top party official told Reuters on Thursday. ... Full story

Big Harare Derby Moved To Saturday

Harare, July 27, 2012 - The big Harare derby between Dynamos and Caps United which had been billed for Sunday at Rufaro Stadium has been moved to Saturday at the same venue amid hefty gate charge increases. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Seeks To Stop Draft Constitution

Harare,July 27, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have no powers to reject the draft constitution, the constitutional parliamentary committee that spearheaded the constitution process has said. ... Full story

State Withdraws Summons Against Tormented NGO Boss

Professor Matodzi Harare, July 26, 2012 - The State on Wednesday withdrew summons issued against Abel Chikomo, the executive director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, to stand trial on charges of running an “unregistered” organisation. ... Full story

North Korea Confirms Mystery Woman Is Leader's Wife

Seoul, July 26, 2012 - North Korea's new young leader, Kim Jong-un, is married, state media said on Wednesday, putting an end to speculation over the relationship with a woman seen at his side during recent events. ... Full story

As Ghana Mourns President, Focus Turns To Election Race

Accra, July 26, 2012 - Ghana has seen a smooth transition of power after the sudden death of its president, but as the nation mourns attention is already turning to who will replace him as the ruling party's candidate in a December vote. ... Full story

Blackout At Mines Show Case

Bulawayo, July 26, 2012 - Electricity blackout marred the official opening of the mine show which kicked off in Bulawayo on Wednesday. ... Full story

Mugabe To Launch Marange Zimunya Community Trust

Harare, July 26, 2012 — President Robert Mugabe will launch the Marange Zimunya Community Share Ownership Thursday as government presses ahead with the indigenisation programme which analysts say scare away foreign investors. ... Full story

ZNA Recruits Despite Biti's Freeze

Bulawayo, July 25, 2012 - The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has embarked on another round exercise of recruiting soldiers countrywide despite a freeze on new employments in the public service. ... Full story

Ghana President Mills dies, VP Takes Over

Accra, July 25, 2012 - Ghana's President John Atta Mills, who won international praise for presiding over a stable model democracy in Africa, died suddenly on Tuesday and his vice-president was quickly sworn in to replace him at the helm of the oil, gold and cocoa producer. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Supports EU Sanctions Stance

Harare,July 25, 2012 - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader and the country’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has supported EU‘s stance to maintain sanctions until democracy returns in the country. ... Full story

Warriors Get Uganda Invite

Harare, July 25, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Warriors have received an invitation to participate in a four team tournament in Uganda starting from August 15. ... Full story

Charles Ray Scorns "Naive" Zimbabweans Politicians Over Wiki leaks

Harare, July 25, 2012 - Outgoing US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray has scorned local politicians for volunteering sensitive information to American diplomats in what was later released through American diplomatic cables widely known as the Wiki leaks. ... Full story

Ghana President Mills Dead: Presidential Statement

Accra, July 24, 2012 - Ghana's President John Atta Mills has died, according to a statement sent by the president's office to Reuters on Tuesday. ... Full story

Zim Labourer Faces Jail Over Mugabe Health Remarks

By Professor Matodzi Harare, July 23, 2012 - An employee at a Zimbabwean private security firm faces up to one year in jail for allegedly commenting on President Robert Mugabe’s health status and taunting that he had ruined the economy of the once prosperous southern African country. ... Full story

Severe Typhoon Hits Hong Kong And south China

Hong Kong, July 24, 2012 - Hong Kong raised its highest tropical cyclone warning on Tuesday as an intensifying severe typhoon edged closer towards the financial hub, grounding flights and forcing the port to close. ... Full story

Madagascar Leader To Meet Exiled Rival After Mutiny

Antannarivo, July 24, 2012 - Madagascar's interim leader Andry Rajoelina said he was flying out on Monday to meet his exiled rival to try and ease political turmoil in the Indian Ocean island a day after the army crushed a mutiny. ... Full story

EU Lifts Curbs On Aid To Zimbabwe To Spur Reform

Brussels, July 24, 2012 - The European Union lifted curbs on aid to Zimbabwe on Monday and held out the prospect of removing sanctions from Zimbabwean officials to encourage political reform - though not from President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle. ... Full story

Air Zim Using Obsolete Aircraft

By Professor Matodzi Harare, July 24, 2012 - Zimbabwe's state-run airline, Air Zimbabwe is operating obsolete aircraft equipment which warrants the shutting down of the airline while the aircraft which ferries President Robert Mugabe on his jaunts has a defective toilet sensor, Radio VOP can report. ... Full story

Colorado Shooting- Obama Honour Shooting Victims

Aurora, Colo, July 23, 2012 - President Barack Obama met with friends and family of the Colorado movie theatre shooting victims on Sunday as the town of Aurora mourned the 12 who died. ... Full story

Madagascar Army Quells Mutiny, Kills Rebel Leader

Antananarivo, July 23, 2012 - Madagascar's army stormed a military barracks near the island country's main airport in order to quell a mutiny, killing the corporal who led it and arresting a number of mutineers, the army said on Sunday. ... Full story

Giants Settle For A Draw

Harare, July 23, 2012 - Zimbabwe football giants Dynamos and Highlanders settled for 1-1 draw in the Battle for Zimbabwe Part One at Barbourfields Stadium Sunday. ... Full story

Zanu (PF)/MDC Clashes In Mugabe’s Rural Home

Zvimba, July 23, 2012 - Eight supporters of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party were injured and two vehicles destroyed in clashes with their Zanu (PF) rivals in President Robert Mugabe’s rural home on Sunday. ... Full story

Mauritius Swears in New President

Port Louis, July 12, 2012 - Rajkeshwur Purryag became the fifth president of the Republic of Mauritius when he was sworn into the largely ceremonial post Saturday. ... Full story

Warriors Receive Paltry $100 For Tournament.

Harare, July 22, 2012- Zimbabwe’s Warriors got the shock of their lives after they were paid out $100 for their participation in the just ended Tri-Nations tournament in Botswana. ... Full story

Welshman Ncube's Son Dies in Car Crash

Harare, July 22, 2012—MDC president Welshman Ncube’s son, Ntabiso, died in a car accident Saturday morning, the party has said. ... Full story

Deadliest Day of Syria Revolt

Damascus, July 21, 2012 - More than 300 people were killed in violence across Syria on Thursday, making it the deadliest day of a 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, a monitoring group said. ... Full story

UN Approves Extension of Syria Observers

New York, July 21, 2012 - The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution extending the 300-strong UN observer force in Syria for a final 30 days while leaving open the possibility of an extension. ... Full story

EU Set To Rethink Zimbabwe Sanctions

Brussels , July 21, 2012- The EU is set to offer to suspend sanctions against all Zimbabweans, except a "small core" that includes President Robert Mugabe, if the country continues its political reforms, diplomatic sources said Friday. ... Full story

Food Security Still a Concern in Somalia

Rome, July 21, 2012 - Somalia has made strides toward food security one year since its famine but the situation remains critical, the UN food and agriculture organisation (FAO) said on Friday. ... Full story

MDC-T Initiate Anti -Corruption Programme

Bulawayo, July 21, 2012—The MDC-T has embarked on anti-corruption programme where the party mayors and council chairpersons around the country are trained on fighting corruption. ... Full story

Wheat Production Falls By Over 5000 Hectares

Bulawayo, July 21, 2012- Wheat production has dropped by over 5000 hectares compared to last year as a result of government’s failure to avail the promised US$20million input support scheme to farmers. ... Full story

Kasukuwere's and Other Ministers' Appointments Challenged

By Professor Matodzi Harare, July 20, 2012 - Controversial Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere risks losing his ministerial portfolio after a civil society activist took his challenge of the composition of the bloated cabinet to the Supreme Court. ... Full story

Rebels Keep Pressure On Assad, Fight Near Government Buildings

Amman/Beirut, July 19, 2012 - Syrian rebels kept up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad following the assassination of three top lieutenants, fighting loyalist troops within sight of the presidential palace and near government headquarters, residents said on Thursday. ... Full story

China Strengthens Africa Ties with $20 bln In Loans

Beijing, July 19, 2012 - Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday offered $20 billion in loans to African countries over the next three years, boosting a relationship that has been criticised by the West and given Beijing growing access to the resource-rich continent. ... Full story

Zifa Mashingaidze boss arrested

Harare, July 19, 2012 - Zimbabwe Football Association Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze was arrested Wednesday on charges of criminal defamation. ... Full story

Outrage Over Gukurahundi Song

Harare, July 19, 2012 - There is outrage in southern parts of Zimbabwe over reports that a former Air Force of Zimbabwe propaganda band composer is seeking to remix and release a Gukurahundi song. ... Full story

Indigenisation Regulations Suspended For New Investors

Harare, July 19, 2012 — Government on Wednesday clipped the wings of Youth Development Indigenisation and Empowerment minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, in a charm offensive to lure investors amid revelations that potential investors were scared by the empowerment legislation. ... Full story

Zim 2012 Budget Revised Downwards

Simon Moyo Harare, July 19, 2012 - Finance Minister Tendai Biti has revised downwards the $4 billion 2012 National Budget to US$3,4 billion as anticipated revenue failed to materialise. ... Full story

Syrian Defence Minister Killed In Damascus Explosion - State TV

Beirut, July 18, 2012 - Syrian Defence Minister Daoud Rajha was killed by a bomb which exploded during a meeting of ministers and security officials at a national security building in Damascus on Wednesday, state television said. ... Full story

Tunisian Leader Promises Ben Ali Fair Trial, Safety

Paris, July 18, 2012 - Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki offered ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday guarantees of physical safety and promised him a fair trial if he returned to his homeland. ... Full story

Zim Tourist Arrivals Up

Harare, July 18, 2012 - Zimbabwe's tourist arrivals rose by 18 percent to 346 299 visitors in the first quarter of the year mostly from Europe and Africa, according to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). ... Full story

ZAPU Founder Laid To Rest

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, July 18 2012 - The late nationalist, trade Unionist, and veteran politician Aaron Mloyiswa Nkosi Dlomo Bayana Ndabambi was laid to rest on Tuesday at his Figtree home. ... Full story

Photojournalist Arrested

Harare, July 17, 2012 - Photojournalist Aaron Ufumeli was on Tuesday arrested while covering a demonstration organised to protest arbitrary arrests of women after 9pm in some parts of the capital. ... Full story

Zim Lied To Win Right To Host Tourism Conference

Harare, July 17, 2012 - The delegation which bid for Zimbabwe to host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in Spain exaggerated pictorial evidence to persuade the judge to grant the country the right to host the event a senior government official said. ... Full story

Video Means China Student Being Murdered Again And Again: Mother

July, 17, 2012 - The mother of a Chinese student who was killed and dismembered in one of Canada's most grisly crimes says the fact a video of the butchery was posted on the Internet means her son "is being murdered again and again". ... Full story

UN Security Council Condemns Eastern Congo Rebel Attacks

United Nations, July 17, 2012 - The U.N. Security Council condemned on Monday attacks by armed rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and demanded an end to all outside support for multiple insurgencies plaguing the provinces on the Congolese border with Rwanda. ... Full story

Pressure Group Wants World To Deny Mugabe Arms

Johannesburg, July 17, 2012 - The 21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protest will this Saturday target countries that are arming the Mugabe regime, which has a record of violence during elections and is on an international arms embargo. ... Full story

Call To Extend Zimbabwe Sanctions

London, July 16, 2012 - Parliament will this week hear calls to extend sanctions on Zimbabwe as Britain and the European Union are poised to suspend a variety of punitive measures in a bid to encourage reform. ... Full story

MDC Offcials Arrested Over Newsletter

Roy Chikara Masvingo, July 16, 2012 - Two officials from the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC were on Sunday arrested for distributing the party newsletter, The Real Change Times. ... Full story

Egyptians Pelt Clinton Motorcade With Tomatoes

Alexandria, Egypt, July 16 2012 - Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. ... Full story

Mali rebels say have dropped separatist goal

Dakar/Bamako, July 16, 2012 - Tuareg-led rebels who seized the north of Mali in April declared on Sunday they had dropped their claims for a separate state after the rebellion was hijacked by al Qaeda-linked Islamists. ... Full story

Dhlamini Zuma New AU Commission Chair

Addis Ababa, July 16, 2012 - Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected on Sunday to become the first female head of the African Union Commission, ending a bruising leadership battle that had threatened to divide the organisation. ... Full story

Romney Seeks Obama Apology for Bain Attacks

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2012 — Mitt Romney demanded an apology from President Obama on Friday for making what he called “reckless” and “absurd” allegations in an escalating battle over whether Mr. Romney’s business record included outsourcing American jobs. ... Full story

Journalists Detained in Angola Protest

Luanda, July 15, 2012- Angolan police arrested seven young protestors and detained two journalists in a blocked demonstration in the centre of the capital Luanda on Saturday, an AFP correspondent said. ... Full story

US: Egypt Must Complete Transition

Cairo, July 15, 2012 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will urge Egypt's civilian and military leaders to work together to complete a full transition to democratic rule, US officials said on Saturday. ... Full story

Half of Young Sables Team Test Positive

Harare, July 15, 2012- Zimbabwean rugby has been rocked by the news that 13 and not three of the team's 26 players tested positive for banned stimulants at the Junior World Rugby Trophy finals in the United States. ... Full story

Chombo Denies Firing MDC Council Officials

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, July 14, 2012 - The Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo has denied allegations of frustrating and dismissing Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) council officials to replace them with Zanu (PF) management committees. ... Full story

US Envoy Warns Zim Leaders

Harare, July 14, 2012 - United States ambassador to Zimbabwe-designate Bruce Wharton says although his country’s policy is not about regime change, the US will not stand by if the rights of Zimbabweans are trampled on by their leaders. ... Full story

Suicide bomber kills 22 at Afghan wedding

Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan, July 14, 2012 - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding reception in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 40 others, a police spokesman said, making it one of the most violent days in the country for months. ... Full story

AU Sees Mali Military Intervention As "Last Resort"

Addis Ababa, July 14, 2012 - African nations are giving priority to finding a peaceful political solution to the problem of divided Mali but are preparing for a military intervention as a last resort, the African Union's top peace and security official said on Friday. ... Full story

African Leaders Need Mugabe's Wisdom, Guidance - VP Mujuru

Tsholotsho, July 14, 2012 - Vice President Joice Mujuru has described President Robert Mugabe as a living legend, saying African leaders continue to benefit from his guidance. ... Full story

Who Is Kim Jong Un’s Mystery Woman?

July 11, 2012 - Time.com reports that as North Korea stays silent on the woman seen publicly with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, the rest of the world is clamoring to find out her identity. ... Full story

Congo, Rwanda agree on plan to tackle armed groups

Addis Ababa, July 13, 2012 - Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and their Great Lakes region neighbours have agreed a plan to "eradicate" armed groups in eastern Congo, the Congolese and Rwandan delegations said on Thursday. ... Full story

Former Warriors Defender Gets Top South African Job

Harare, July 13, 2012 - Former Zimbabwe Warriors defender Kaitano Tembo has made big strides in his coaching career after he was appointed assistant coach of one of South Africa’s top clubs Supersport United. ... Full story

Advisory Council For Bulawayo Water Body

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, July 13, 2-02 - The Water Resources Minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo on Thursday named an advisory council for the long awaited National Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project which is meant to bring water to arid Matabeleland. ... Full story

Mugabe Loses, Given Ultimatum

Harare, 12 July 2012 - The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by President Robert Mugabe challenging a High Court decision directing him to gazette a date for by-elections in three parliamentary constituencies in Matabeleland Provinces and ordered him to issue a notice announcing the vacancies in the constituencies by the end of August. ... Full story

S.Africa suspends ambassador linked to MTN case: radio

Johannesburg, July 12, 2012 - South Africa's foreign ministry has suspended a former ambassador to Tehran after allegations he took a $200,000 bribe to help MTN Group win a mobile licence in Iran, a spokesman said in a radio interview on Wednesday. ... Full story

Kasukuwere Backtracks On Private Schools

Harare, July 12, 2012 - A Zimbabwean minister has backtracked from his threats to take over privately-run schools and crèches under President Robert Mugabe’s empowerment crusade. ... Full story

Zim Woman Challenges Criminalisation of HIV Transmission

By Professor Matodzi Bulawayo, July 12, 2012 - A Magistrate has deferred the sentencing of a woman convicted of deliberately infecting her husband with HIV after he referred the matter to the Supreme Court to determine the violation of her rights. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe's Second Airbus Arrives

By Professor Matodzi, ZIMBABWE’S ailing national airline, Air Zimbabwe on Wednesday took delivery of its second Airbus A320 aircraft as the troubled carrier moves to revive its waning fortunes. ... Full story

Obama Expands Lead On Romney, U.S. Voters More Optimistic

Washington, July 11. 2012 - President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 6 percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday. ... Full story

Congo Warlord Jailed For 14 Years In Landmark Case

The Hague, July 11, 2012 - Delivering its first sentence, the International Criminal Court jailed Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for 14 years on Tuesday for recruiting child soldiers. ... Full story

Mandela's Daughter To Sit On TN Bank Board

Harare, July 11, 2012 — Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Makaziwe, has been nominated to sit on the TN Bank which lists on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Wednesday. ... Full story

Annan Arrives In Damascus, Syria Tests Missiles

Beirut, July 09, 2012 - Kofi Annan is due to hold talks on Monday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said U.S. political support for "terrorists" was hindering the peace envoy's plan to end 16 months of bloodshed. ... Full story

Nigeria Senator Killed At Mass Burial After Ethnic Clash

JOS, Nigeria, July 09, 2012 - A Nigerian senator and several other people were killed on Sunday when gunmen attacked a mass burial for 63 victims of violence the previous day in ethnically mixed Plateau state, a government official said. ... Full story

Mugabe Dairy Company Dishes Free Products

Harare, July 09, 2012 - Lucky shoppers in Harare received free dairy products from President Robert Mugabe early Monday morning. Shoppers at Spar Five Avenue shops in Harare’s Avenues area received freebies in the form of fresh milk and yoghurts from Alpha Omega Dairy, Mugabe’s newest diary company selling its products under the brand name Alpha. ... Full story

Mugabe back from Singapore after medical check-up

Harare, 8 July 2012 - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe arrived home Saturday from Singapore where he went for a medical check-up amid increasing concerns about his health, state media said. ... Full story

Zim 'bleached baby' case set for trial

Harare 8 July 2012 - Prosecutors in Zimbabwe say a fraud trial is set to hear claims that a black baby was treated with skin-bleaching cream to extort money from a man of Asian descent. ... Full story

Romania Govt Suspends President, Turmoil Deepens

Bucharest, July 07, 2012 - Romania's parliament suspended President Traian Basescu on Friday ruling he had overstepped his powers, setting the stage for an impeachment referendum that will be watched by the European Union which says it wants the rule of law respected. ... Full story

Libya's New Women Politicians Seize Chance In Vote

Tripoli, July 07, 2012 - Majdah al-Fallah flashes a broad smile and pumps the hands of shoppers in downtown Tripoli as she works potential voters on the campaign trail ahead of Libya's landmark national assembly elections on Saturday. ... Full story

US Covers up Rwanda-Supported Mutiny In Congo

A United Nations interim report has revealed allegations that Rwanda is interfering in the Congo causing a mutiny among the Congolese army, according to the Voice of Africa United. ... Full story

Catholic Bishops Consoles Zimbabweans In Diaspora

Johannesburg, July 07, 2012 - The Catholic Bishops Conference of Zimbabwe says it understands the plight of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora and knows why they left and that they are not to blame. ... Full story

Diamond Mining Companies Snub Mine Entra

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, July 06, 2012- Zimbabwe Diamond mining companies have so far not yet expressed interest in exhibiting at the annual Mine Entra 2012 scheduled to run from July 25 to 27 at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) grounds in Bulawayo. ... Full story

Second Biggest Mall In Africa Planned For Zim

Harare, July 06, 2012 - They traded where the angels feared and they seem to be reaping the rewards. ... Full story

South Korean Dictator's Daughter To Launch Presidential Bid

Seoul, July 05, 2012 - The daughter of slain South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee is to launch a bid to become the first woman to lead this Asian economic powerhouse on July 10 and is likely to pledge to broaden welfare and offer to mend relations with a bellicose North Korea. ... Full story

New Food Crisis Looms In Somalia: Aid Agency

Nairobi, July 05, 2012 - A deadly combination of conflict, poor rainfall and a predicted late harvest threatens to push hundreds of thousands of Somalis back into hunger, undermining aid efforts put in place during last year's drought, Save the Children warned on Thursday. ... Full story

Zim Reserve Bank Governor Against Bank Take Overs

Harare, July 05, 2012 - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono on Wednesday said Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere must not be allowed to meddle in the banking sector because of his links to the now defunct Genesis Bank. ... Full story

Zim To Take Over Schools Illegal: Coltart

Harare, July 04, 2012 - Zimbabwe's bid to force private schools to come under majority black control under a much contested empowerment law is illegal, Reuters quoted an education minister as saying on Wednesday. ... Full story

Mandela Daughter Named Ambassador To Argentina

Johannesburg, July 04, 2012 - South Africa has appointed Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, a daughter of former President Nelson Mandela, as its ambassador to Argentina. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Suspends Flights As Mugabe Ditches The Airline

By Professor Matodzi Harare, July 04, 2012 -Ailing Air Zimbabwe has suspended domestic flights barely two months after it resumed flights as it emerged that President Robert Mugabe only utilised the airline’s aircraft to connect his Singapore flight in Johannesburg. ... Full story

Explosion Outside Shopping Mall In Nigerian Capital

Abuja, July 04, 2012 - An explosion rocked a shopping mall in an upmarket district of the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday, the emergency services said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. ... Full story

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Quits After Language Vote

Kiev, July 04, 20912 - Ukraine's parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn tendered his resignation on Wednesday after deputies of the majority Regions Party rushed a contentious language bill through a second and final reading the day before. ... Full story

Zim Plans To Take Over Foreign Banks

Harare, July 04, 2012 - Zimbabwe on Tuesday stepped up pressure on all foreign owned financial institutions that include banks to submit their plans to give 51 % shares to local nationals. ... Full story

Quake Jolts Eastern Japan, No Tsunami Warning Issued

Tokyo, July 03, 2012 - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 hit Eastern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. ... Full story

Security Fears Dog Libya As Election Nears

Tripoli, July 03, 2012 - Samia Sahli and her daughters browse the shops on a sunny day in Tripoli. A week before election day, the streets are filled with families, but the tranquil scene belies fears that Libya's first election in more than a generation could be marred by violence. ... Full story

Mugabe Singapore Trip Raises More Health Questions

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flew to Singapore on Monday for what a senior aide called a routine medical check-up, reviving speculation about the health of the 88-year-old leader who has denied reports he has cancer. ... Full story

Judge Puts Brakes On Chombo's Purge

By Professor Matodzi Harare, July 03, 2012 - A Zimbabwean judge has put the brakes on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister, Ignatius Chombo’s spirited efforts to decimate Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)-run councils after he upheld an urgent chamber application filed by suspended Chinhoyi Mayor Claudius Nyamhondoro and councilor Owen Charuza. ... Full story

Mexico's Old Rulers Claim Presidential Election Victory

Mexico City, July 02, 2012 - Mexico's old rulers claimed victory in a presidential election on Sunday, ending 12 years in opposition after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy and rampant drug violence. ... Full story

Egypt's New President Faces Burden Of Expectation

Cairo, July 02, 2012 - If Egypt's new president, Mohamed Mursi, needs any reminder of the weight of expectations bearing down as he begins work, he can glance from a window of the presidential palace. ... Full story

Dynamos In Disappointing Draw

Harare, July 02, 2012 - Disappointing Dynamos put up a pathetic show Sunday and were held to a goalless draw by visiting Interclub of Angola in the Caf Confederation mini league qualifier at Rufaro Stadium. ... Full story

The Late Nkomo Was A Weak Leader- Nkala

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, July 02, 2012 - A Founding member of Zanu (PF), Enos Nkala, says the late Vice President, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, was a weak leader hence they left him and formed Zanu (PF) as an opposition party. ... Full story

Morsi Sworn In As Egypt's President

Cairo, July 01, 2012 - Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi took the oath of office on Saturday to become the country's first freely elected leader and its first head of state since Hosni Mubarak's overthrow last year. ... Full story

UK’s Development Aid To Zim Exceed $300 Million

Bulawayo, July 01, 2012- Britain will continue giving development aid to Zimbabwe with $300 million having already been disbursed since February, that country’s Department for International Development (DFID) Zimbabwe representative said last Wednesday. ... Full story

Military and Police to Get Diamond Mines: Mpofu

Ntabazinduna, July 01, 2012- Mines and Mining Development Minister, Obert Mpofu has pledged to give gold, platinum and diamond mines to the military and police to safeguard the country’s minerals. ... Full story