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Tsvangirai Acts Over Graft After Damning Report

Harare, August 31, 2012 - Stung by a damning report about his party’s diminishing political fortunes, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has fired 12 councillors, including Harare's deputy mayor and Gweru Mayor over graft charges. ... Full story

EU Mum On Zim Sanctions Lawsuit:Tomana

Bulawayo, August 31, 2012 - The European Union (EU) has not filed opposing papers to a lawsuit over sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his top associates, Attorney General, Johannes Tomana has said. ... Full story

Egypt Says Syria's "Oppressive Regime" Must Go

Dubai/Amman, August 31, 2012 - Egypt called on Thursday for intervention to halt bloodshed in Syria, telling a meeting of 120 nations it was their duty to stand against the "oppressive regime" of Bashar al-Assad, prompting a Syrian walkout. ... Full story

Lop-sided Angola Vote to Keep Dos Santos in Power

Luanda, August 31, 2012 - "Victory is certain" runs the old war slogan of Angola's ruling MPLA party, and few doubt that a one-sided election on Friday will keep President Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the helm of Africa's second largest oil producer. ... Full story

Shocking gate charges for Angola match

Harare, August 31, 2012 - Cash strapped Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has released shock gate charges for the senior national men’s team Afcon first leg qualifier against Angola at Rufaro stadium next week. ... Full story

Court Grants Mugabe Permission To Hold By-elections In October

By Professor Matodzi Harare, August 31, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe has evaded contempt of court charges after three former legislators from Matabeleland province consented to his request for more time to allow him to fix dates for a ‘mini general election’. ... Full story

Censorship Board Bans Theatre Play

Harare, August 31, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Censorship Board has banned a theatre play aimed at building peace in the country. ... Full story

Many Civilians Massacred In Congo: UN Officials

Geneva, August 30, 2012 - Rival armed groups may have killed hundreds of civilians in massacres and other "incomprehensibly vicious" attacks in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), senior U.N. officials said on Wednesday. ... Full story

Egyptian Leader In Iran For First Time Since 1979

Dubai, August 30, 2012 - Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi arrived in Tehran on Thursday, the first Egyptian leader to visit Iran since its Islamic revolution in 1979. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Out For Third Africa Rugby Title

Harare, August 30, 2012 - The Zimbabwe Under 19 rugby side are out for a third successive Africa title after reaching the final of the Confederation of Africa Championships currently running at Prince Edward. ... Full story

Zim's Blood Bank Hit By Salary Delays

By Professor Matodzi Harare, August 30, 2012 - Zimbabwe's national blood bank, the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ),is bankrupt following government's failure to pay for blood supplies, a situation that has caused payment of salaries to its staff members. ... Full story

Binga Cotton Farmers Cry Foul

Nompumelelo Moyo Binga, August 29, 2012- Binga small-scale communal cotton farmers have expressed their disappointment over the selling price of 30 cents per kg. ... Full story

SA Seeks Platinum Belt Peace And Wage Talks

Marikana, South Africa, August 29, 2012 - South Africa is seeking a "peace accord" in its embattled platinum belt to cool tensions with feuding unions before starting wage talks to end a deadly strike that has paralysed miner Lonmin. ... Full story

Three Killed In Kenya's Mombasa Riots After Cleric Shot Dead

Mombasa, Kenya, August 29, 2012 - Two Kenyan police officers and a civilian were killed when rioters hurled a grenade at officers in the port city of Mombasa on Tuesday after two days of violence over the killing of a radical Muslim cleric. ... Full story

Mengistu Now Staying In Vumba

Harare, August 29, 2012 - Exiled former Ethiopian strongman Mengistu Haile Mariam is believed to be living in the scenic Vumba area, south east of this eastern border city. ... Full story

Mugabe Negotiating a "Mini-General Election"

By Professor Matodzi Harare, August 29, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe has requested the High Court to give him more time to mobilise resources to hold what he described as a 'mini general election' in which all the vacant seats in parliament, senate and local authorities would be contested. ... Full story

Uganda President Promotes Son, Succession Plan Suspected

Kampala, August 28, 2012 - Uganda's long-serving President Yoweri Museveni promoted his son to the rank of brigadier general on Monday, fanning speculation he was grooming Muhoozi Kainerugaba for succession. ... Full story

Gambia Executes Nine Prisoners By Firing Squad: Govt

Banjul, August 28, 2012 - Gambia said on Monday it had executed nine prisoners, prompting critics to call for sanctions on the president whose plans to clear the country's death row by mid-September had already drawn a flurry of international condemnation. ... Full story

Zim Finance Minister Warns Bakeries Against Bread Price Hike

Harare, August 28, 2012 - Finance Minister Tendai Biti on Monday threatened unspecified action on errant bread makers who last week mooted a 20 percent hike in bread prices arguing that the cost of importing flour had increased. ... Full story

Former Zim Footballers Struggling To Survive In SA

Harare, August 28, 2012 - Former Warriors national team player, Zvenyika Makonese, is now a taxi rank marshal in South Africa after failing to attract a team to take him on board. ... Full story

EU Condemns Gambia Executions, Promises Urgent Response

Brussels, August 27, 2012 - The European Union on Sunday called on Gambia to stop executing death row inmates, and said the bloc would come up with a quick but unspecified response. ... Full story

SA Mine Killings Could Hurt Zuma Ahead Of Vote

Marikana, South Africa, August 27, 2012 - South African's President Jacob Zuma rose to power as a man of the people but seemed a world away from the masses when he stood in a suit under a parasol to speak to destitute miners about the deadliest police killing since apartheid ended. ... Full story

Zuma Facilitation Team Expected In Zim Tuesday

Harare, August 27, 2012 - South African President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team involved in the mediation talks with Zimbabwe are expected here on Tuesday to break an impasse over the constitution making process. ... Full story

Mnangagwa Grabbed Mugabe By The Collar:Wikileaks

Harare, August 27, 2012 - Defence Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, reportedly grabbed President Robert Mugabe by the collar after a heated augment over the possibility of ceding greater powers to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

China Extradites Angola Gang Suspects

Beijing - Chinese authorities say 37 Chinese nationals have been extradited from the southwestern African country Angola, where they are accused of crimes against fellow Chinese citizens such as kidnapping, robberies, extortions and forcing them into prostitution. ... Full story

Egypt Blocks 120 Tunnels In The Sinai

Cairo, August 26, 2012 - Egyptian military engineers have blocked 120 tunnels used for smuggling to and from the Gaza Strip since the start of operations in the neighbouring Sinai Pensinsula, security officials said on Saturday. ... Full story

Kenyan VP Calls For Peaceful Elections

Johannesburg, August 26, 2012 - Kenya's vice president on Saturday urged the country to hold peaceful elections in March, after the Red Cross this week revealed that more than 200 people have died in ethnic violence since January. ... Full story

ZANU(PF) Youths Launch Blitz Against Gays

Harare, August 26, 2012-A hoard of Suspected ZANU(PF) youths in Harare at an up market bar in the city centre Friday night brutalised four young men accusing them of practising homosexuality. ... Full story

MDC-T Eats Humble Pie, Admits Freedom House Survey True

Harare, August 26, 2012 – Despite vehement public denials by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party in the wake of the Freedom House survey which claimed the party had been upstaged by Zanu PF in terms of support, the MDC-T has privately admitted the survey was true and attributed this to its blunders while in government. ... Full story

Romney in Crisis: Two Dark Spots in Fortunate Life

Washington , August 25, 2012 — Mitt Romney was, uncharacteristically, terrified. It was the fall of 1998, the height of Mr. Romney’s high-flying career as a private equity executive. But his wife, Ann, was not well. She was exhausted, and having difficulty walking; her right foot was dragging. When a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital arrived at a diagnosis — multiple sclerosis — “they just held each other in their arms,” their son Josh said, “and just cried.” ... Full story

Gambia Executes Nine Inmates

Dakar/Banjul, August 25, 2012 - Nine people have been executed in Gambia, days after President Yahya Jammeh pledged to purge death row of its inmates by the end of September, the rights group Amnesty International said Friday. ... Full story

'Insulting' Egyptian Editor Freed

Cairo, August 25, 2012 - The editor of an independent Egyptian daily was released from jail late on Thursday just hours after the country's Islamist president issued a law that bans the imprisonment of journalists accused of media-related offenses. ... Full story

UN: South Sudan soldiers torture civilians

Nairobi , August 25, 2012- South Sudanese soldiers have killed, raped and tortured civilians in the troubled eastern state of Jonglei, threatening to derail already fragile peace efforts there, the United Nations warned on Friday. ... Full story

EU To Support GALZ

Harare, August 25, 2012-The European Union has pledged to give legal support to the vilified Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) which the Zimbabwean Police Thursday charged with “illegally” operating. ... Full story

Visiting Lesotho Prime Minister Heaps Praise On Mugabe

Harare, August 25, 2012 - Visiting Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has heaped praise on President Robert Mugabe describing him as a resilient leader who has strongly defended his country from the effects of western imposed sanctions. ... Full story

Ethiopia To Bury Late Prime Minister Meles On Sept 2

Addis Ababa, August 24, 2012 - Ethiopia's former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died on Monday after a long illness, is to be buried in a state funeral on September 2, the government said on Thursday. ... Full story

South Africans Mourn Victims Of Platinum Mine Carnage

Marikana, South Africa, August 24, 2012 - South Africans held a memorial service on Thursday at a platinum mine where police shot dead 34 strikers, bloodshed that revived memories of apartheid-era violence and laid bare workers' anger over enduring inequalities since the end of white rule. ... Full story

War Vets Invade Farm Belonging To Tsvangirai's Senior Official

Rusape, August 24, 2012 - A group of Zanu (PF) activists numbering about 200 on Thursday invaded a farm belonging to Norman Sachikonye, the principal director in the Prime Minister’s Office and an aspiring MDC-T parliamentary candidate for Makoni central. ... Full story

Boxing rankings in shambles

Harare, Agust 24, 2012 - Zimbabwe boxing promoters are having problems in match making boxers due to the boxer rankings which are in shambles. ... Full story

SADC Climate Experts Discuss New Weather Forecast Technology

Nompumelelo Moyo Harare, August 24, 2012 - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) experts must move with the times and use latest technology to forecast weather, a Zimbabwe official has said. ... Full story

Police Moves To Shut The Gay and Lesbian Office

Harare, August 24, 2012 - Zimbabwean police on Thursday initiated a process to shut down the offices of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) after charging a representative of the organisation for running an “unregistered” organisation. ... Full story

Still Born Baby Bodies Found In Hospital Incinerator

Beit-bridge, August 24, 2012 – Six bodies of still-born babies were recently found at an incinerator used for disposing rubbish and clinical waste at Beitbridge Hospital in a case which is presently being investigated by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA). ... Full story

Ethiopia's acting PM to remain at helm until 2015

Addis Ababa, August 23, 2012 - Ethiopia's acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn will run the country until an election in 2015, showing that the ruling party is determined to ensure a swift and smooth transfer of power following the death of Meles Zenawi. ... Full story

Unrest Spreads In Violence-Hit South Africa Mining Belt

Rustenburg, South Africa, August 23, 2012 - Labour unrest in South Africa's platinum belt spread on Wednesday, raising concerns that anger over low wages and poor living conditions could generate fresh violence after 34 striking miners were shot dead by police last week. ... Full story

MDC Snubs Lesotho PM

Patric Chikwande Harare, August 23, 2012 - Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane arrived in Zimbabwe on official three days state visit Wednesday and was welcomed by President Robert Mugabe as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC officials were surprisingly not present at Harare International airport. ... Full story

Battle Lines Drawn Over Zim's Constitution Draft:Ncube

Harare, August 23, 2012 – Welshman Ncube, the leader of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has rejected Zanu (PF) amendments to the Constitution draft, saying battle lines are drawn over the new supreme law of the land. ... Full story

MDC-T Dismisses Survey, Zanu (PF) Welcomes It

Harare, August 23, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's formation of the Movement for Democratic Change has reacted angrily to an independent survey showing that its support has plummeted. ... Full story

MDC support Decreasing, Zanu (PF)'s Rising: Survey

By Millie Phiri Johannesburg, August 22, 2012 - A 2012 Zimbabwe public survey by the Freedom House has shown that the Movement for Democratic Change support is on the downward trend while that of Zanu (PF) is increasing. ... Full story

MDC Youth Leader To Be Remembered

Harare, Wednesday 22 August 2012. The Movement for Democratic Change youth assembly will on Saturday remember one of its illustrious late leaders, Simangaliso Phinea Chikadaya, who died recently. ... Full story

Ethiopians Mourn Strongman Ruler Meles, Dead At 57

Addis Ababa, August 22, 2012 - Thousands of Ethiopians descended on the centre of the capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday to mourn Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, their firm-handed ruler of more than two decades, whose body was flown home after his death in a Brussels hospital at 57. ... Full story

Militant S. Africa Union Marches With Bible, Witchcraft

Rustenburg, August 22,2012 - Its leaders call themselves devout Christians and say life is sacred. But its supporters march with spears, machetes and clubs and anoint themselves with magic potions to ward off police bullets. ... Full story

Clinic Turns Away MDC Supporters

Bikita, August 22, 2012 - Nurses believed to be war veterans and Zanu (PF) supporters are allegedly denying perceived Movement for Democratic Change supporters medical treatment at Mukore clinic. ... Full story

Police Inch Closer To Prosecuting GALZ Leader

Harare, August 22, 2012 - Zimbabwean police have moved close to prosecuting Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) director, Chesterfiled Samba, after they accused him of distributing materials that promote homosexuality. ... Full story

France knights PM Tsvangirai

Harare, August 22, 2012 - The French government on Tuesday knighted Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for standing for human rights in Zimbabwe, a highest award given by the French government. ... Full story

Tsvangirai To Wed Elizabeth

Harare, August 21, 2012 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will next month tie the knot with his lover Elizabeth Macheka at an exclusive Harare joint, Radio VOP has been told. ... Full story

World Bank unit says concerned with SAfrican mine violence

Washington, August 21, 2012 - The International Finance Corp, the World Bank's private investment arm, said on Monday it was "deeply concerned" with violence at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine in South Africa and urged parties to settle their differences through negotiation. ... Full story

Ethiopian PM Meles Dies From Infection: state

Addis Ababba, August 21, 2012 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died from a sudden infection while recovering from an undisclosed illness at a hospital abroad, the African nation's state-run television said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Mugabe's Chief Seizes Farm, Evicts 31 New Farmers

By Professor Matodzi Harare, August 21, 2012 - A traditional leader in President Robert Mugabe’s home province has seized a farm which was under occupation by 31 “new farmers” since 2001. ... Full story

Mugabe Snubs Ncube

Harare, August 21, 2012 - Smaller Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Welshman Ncube did not attend the Monday principals meeting as was largely expected after his political nemesis Arthur Mutambara was snubbed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the just ended Maputo summit. ... Full story

Sudan Plane Crash Kills 32 Including Minister

Khartoum, August 20, 2012 - Thirty two people including a Sudanese government minister and other officials were killed when a plane taking them to an Islamic festival crashed in the south of the country on Sunday, state media said. ... Full story

Zuma Announces National Week Of Mourning

Johannesburg, Augus 20, 2012 - President Jacob Zuma has announced a national week of mourning, starting on Monday, to commemorate South Africans who have died violently, including the 44 people who lost their lives in the bloody battle at Marikana on Thursday. ... Full story

Mighty Warriors On The Move

Harare, August 20, 2012 - The Zimbabwe women’s soccer team, the Mighty Warriors, have moved up the ladder following the latest update of the Coca Cola world rankings by the world football controlling body, Fifa. ... Full story

Obama Aide Says 5 Years of Romney Taxes Would Suffice

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2012 — A day after Mitt Romney said that he paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes each year, President Obama’s campaign manager on Friday said five years’ worth of Mr. Romney’s tax returns would satisfy Democrats. ... Full story

Uganda Tightens Internet Security

Kampala, August 19, 2012 - Uganda is tightening its internet security after hackers attacked the prime minister's website to post statements supporting gay rights, the country's internet regulator said on Friday. ... Full story

Ex-president Gbagbo's Party HQ Attacked

Abidjan, August 19, 2012 - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo's party headquarters was attacked on Saturday by unidentified men armed with machetes and shotguns, who left two people slightly wounded, witnesses said. ... Full story

Defected Ex-Senator says Welshman Arrogant Loser

Bulawayo, August 19,2012 ---Former smaller MDC Senator for Lobengula-Magwegwe Thabiso Ndlovu, who announced his defection to MDC-T last Friday described his party leader Welshman Ncube as an “arrogant loser” saying the party will not win a single parliamentary seat in next elections. ... Full story

Zim in Danger of Having No Electronic Media Coverage in 2015

Harare, August 19, 2012 - Zimbabwe is at risk of not meeting International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 2015 deadline by which all countries under the United Nations should have migrated from analogue to digital broadcasting. ... Full story

PSL to Introduce Drug Testing

Harare, August 18, 2012- The Premier Soccer League plans to introduce drug testing to avoid footballers from taking performance enhancing drugs and giving clubs an unfair advantage. ... Full story

SADC Adopts Troika Resolutions

The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has adopted the Troika recommendations which among other things urge completion of the constitutional-making process and a cabinet mechanism to implement agreements. ... Full story

Syrian Rebel Forces Advance Close to the Airport at Aleppo

Syria, August 18, 2012- Syrian insurgents fighting loyalist forces in the northern city of Aleppo seized areas near its airport on Friday, threatening the government’s control of a strategically vital supply conduit and scoring a propaganda victory in what has become a protracted battle in Syria’s largest metropolis. ... Full story

Zim: Villagers Run Amok Over Foreign Doc

Cape Town, August 18, 2012 - Zimbabwean police on Thursday arrested at least 12 villagers after they allegedly turned violent during a protest against the "transfer" of a white Canadian doctor based at Howard Mission Hospital in Chiweshe. ... Full story

Morocco Activists Plan Loyalty Protest

Rabat, August 18, 2012 - Moroccan activists are calling for an ironically named "Celebration of loyalty to freedom and dignity" next week to protest an annual ceremony at which officials bow down before the king. ... Full story

Journo Harassed During Immigrant Raid

Johannesburg, August 18, 2012 - A clampdown by authorities on illegal immigrants turned ugly for a journalist covering the event when he became a target himself. ... Full story

EU Condemns Arrest of Gays in Zimbabwe

Harare, August 18, 2012 -- The European Union(EU) Delegation in Zimbabwe on Friday condemned the recent arrest of 44 gays and lesbians who were discussing the draft constitution in Harare. ... Full story

U.N. Monitors Quit, Saying Syrians Choose "Path Of War"

Beirut/Aleppo, August 17, 2012 - Syria's government and rebels have "chosen the path of war", a U.N. peacekeeping chief said as the world body ended its doomed monitoring mission to Damascus and deadlock persists among world powers over how to contain the spreading conflict. ... Full story

SA Police Fire On Striking Miners, Several Dead

Marikana, South Africa, August 17, 2012 - South African riot police opened fire on striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine on Thursday, killing several men in the deadliest episode of a week of union violence. ... Full story

Zimbabwe names ICC Twenty 20 World Cup squad

Harare, August 17, 2012 - The Zimbabwe national selectors have named a strong side for the International Cricket Council Twenty20 World Cup set for Sri Lanka next month. ... Full story

Zim Must Import Maize With Urgency To Avert Hunger: CFU

Harare, August 17, 2012 - The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) on Thursday called on government to expeditiously secure maize imports because of limited quantities of the staple crop across the world as some parts of the world were affected by drought. ... Full story

Soldiers Seal Off Gutu

Gutu, August 17, 2012 - Soldiers from Zimbabwe National Army’s 4:2 Infantry battalion and Zanu (PF) youths here have allegedly sealed off Gutu district to force villagers to attend the Heroes gala on Friday at Mpandawana growth-point. ... Full story

Twitter: Police surround the Ecuadorian embassy in London

London - According to @wikileaks on Twitter the Ecuadorian Embassy has been surrounded by five police vans. The target is Julian Assange. ... Full story

Zuma urges Zimbabwe political reforms ahead of polls

Harare, August 16, 2012 - South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday urged Zimbabwe's rival leaders to speed up political reforms seen as critical to avoiding another violent and disputed election, but President Robert Mugabe signalled he would not be pushed into endorsing a new constitution already accepted by his foes. ... Full story

SA Goes Big On Birth Control For Elephants

Johannesburg, August 16, 2012 - A South African province home to thousands of elephants is planning a birth control campaign for the pachyderms to prevent a population explosion that could threaten plants and wildlife. ... Full story

French Catholic Church pro-marriage prayer provokes gay rights row

Paris, August 16, 2012 - Roman Catholic congregations in churches across France prayed for traditional marriage on Wednesday, provoking accusations of homophobia from gay rights groups as Paris prepares to legalise same-sex matrimony. ... Full story

Give Us More Children, You Women: Mugabe

Patrick Chikwande Harare, August 16, 2012 - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday said the country's population has not been growing over the years because women no longer want to bear many children. ... Full story

Tsvangirai's Former Lover In Debt Trap

Harare, August 15, 2012 - A high court judge has ordered businesswoman and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s former partner, Lorcadia Karimatsenga Tembo to pay more than $6 000 which she owes to Fawcett Security Operations. ... Full story

South Korean Leader Says North Korea Should Consider "Transformation"

Seoul, August 15, 2012 - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Wednesday said North Korea should face reality and consider bringing about a "transformation", adding that Seoul will monitor changes in the secretive North. ... Full story

Mali Army Says ECOWAS Troops Only Welcome In North

Bamako, August 15, 2012 - Mali's military on Tuesday rejected the deployment of any foreign West African soldiers to the capital, saying any regional intervention could only take place in the North of the country, currently occupied by Islamist groups. ... Full story

Police Ban Memorial Service For MDC-T Activist

Bulawayo, August 15, 2012 — Police in Bulawayo on Tuesday banned a memorial service for Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activist, Patrick Nabanyama, who disappeared in 2000 and is believed to be dead. ... Full story

Macheso Wept After Shaking Hands With Mugabe

Harare,14,August 2012 - Sungura Maestro Alick Macheso on Tuesday shed tears after shaking hands with President Robert Mugabe. ... Full story

Assad's Rule Disintegrating, ex-PM Says After Defecting

Amman/Aleppo, August 14, 2012 - President Bashar al-Assad controls less than a third of Syria and his power is crumbling, his former prime minister said on Tuesday, in his first public appearance since he defected to the opposition this month. ... Full story

Egypt's Mursi Seizes Early Chance To Take On Army

Cairo, August 14, 2012 - A blunder by the Egyptian army that left 16 border guards dead at the hands of Islamist militants gave President Mohamed Mursi an unexpectedly early chance to claw back powers from a military whose political influence he had always wanted to restrict. ... Full story

Soldiers Rewarded As Tsvangirai Urges Them To Stay Off Politics

Harare, August 14, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday promised soldiers and military personnel salary hikes while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said security officers should stay out of politics. ... Full story

Zuma Jets In Zimbabwe Wednesday

Harare, August 14, 2012 - President Jacob Zuma will jet into Zimbabwe on Wednesday to continue with his mediation efforts among the Zimbabwean political parties preparing for fresh elections to end President Robert Mugabe's unity government with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. ... Full story

Mugabe Castigates His Supporters For Denigrating PM

Harare, August 13, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe on Monday restrained and castigated his Zanu (PF) supporters after they chanted slogans denigrating Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the Heroes Acre in Harare. ... Full story

London Bids Farewell, US Top Of The World

London, August 13, 2012 - London bade farewell to the Olympic Games on Sunday with a high-octane romp through British pop music, bringing the curtain down on more than two weeks of action at the end of which the United States topped the sporting world with 46 gold medals. ... Full story

Sudan "Very Optimistic" About Border Agreement With S.Sudan

Khartoum, August 13, 2012 - Sudan is "very optimistic" it can reach a border security agreement with South Sudan that would allow a resumption of oil exports from the South, a senior official of the Khartoum government said. ... Full story

Two Earthquakes In Iran Kill 300 And Injure 5,000

Dubai, August 13, 2012 - Overcrowded hospitals in northwest Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. ... Full story

Police Arrest 44 Gays And Lesbians Attending A Party

Harare, August 13, 2012 - Police arrested 44 members of the Gays and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe (Galz) at their Milton Park offices at the weekend. ... Full story

Mexico Stun Brazil To Win Football Gold

London, August 12, 2012 – Mexico stunned Brazil to win their first gold in the Olympic men's football tournament as Oribe Peralta's double clinched a shock 2-1 victory over the five-time world champions here Saturday. ... Full story

Canada ‘Horrified’ By Syria Violence

Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan, August 12, 2012- Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said on Saturday he was “horrified” by the violence in Syria as he visited a desert refugee camp in neighbouring Jordan. ... Full story

8 Prisoners Escape in Libyan Jailbreak

Tripoli , August 12, 2012- A top Libyan security official says gunmen attacked a prison in the capital Tripoli, breaking free eight prisoners in fighting that left another prisoner dead. ... Full story

Caster Clinches Silver Medal

London, August 12, 2012 - Caster Semenya bagged South Africa's sixth medal at the London Olympic Games, when she finished second in the women's 800m final on Saturday night. ... Full story

Zim on SADC Agenda

Harare, August 12, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s political fallout is likely to be discussed at next week’s Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) summit in Maputo, Mozambique as the regional grouping pushes for a resolution in the Harare crisis ahead of the referendum and harmonised elections. ... Full story

Romney to Announce Vice-presidential Nominee on Saturday; Signs pPoint to Ryan

NORFOLK, August 11, 2012 — Mitt Romney will make the long-awaited announcement of his running mate in the presidential race Saturday, his campaign announced late Friday, with all signs strongly pointing to Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as the Republican’s pick. ... Full story

No Rush To Fill Zim Hangman Post

Harare, August 11, 2012- Although there are 60 prisoners on death row in Harare, there is no hangman, and no appetite to find one according to reformist Deputy Justice Minister Obert Gutu from the Movement for Democratic Change. ... Full story

Refugee Runs For world

London, August 11, 2012 - Stateless refugee Guor Marial will compete in Sunday's men's marathon under the Olympic flag, while his family in South Sudan will trudge 50 kilometres to watch him on the nearest TV. ... Full story

Egypt Army Masses Troops in Tense Sinai

El-Arish, August 11, 2012 - Egypt's army massed troops in Sinai on Thursday in a campaign to quell increasingly deadly Islamist militants as Bedouin leaders pledged their help in a meeting with the interior minister. ... Full story

UN Sceptical About 'Neutral Force' in DRC

New York, August 11, 2012 - The Security Council is sceptical about creating "a neutral force" to drive away armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, French ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud said Friday. ... Full story

MDC Warns Of Tribal War In Zimbabwe

Bulawayo, August 11, 2012- The Welshman Ncube led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has condemned war veterans and ex ZANLA members for undermining Ndebele traditional customs, values and culture, saying this will spark a tribal war. ... Full story

Bolt Defends His Title

LONDON, August 10, 2012 — Usain Bolt is an all-but-impossible track and field act to follow. ... Full story

Sharia Law Takes Hold in Mali

Bamako , August 10, 2012- A spokesperson for an Islamist group in northern Mali says a man's hand has been chopped off as punishment for the theft of a motorbike, as hardliners tighten their grip over the vast territory in northwest Africa. ... Full story

Rajoelina Blasts Ousted Rival After Talks

Antananarivo, August 10, 2012 - Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina said on Thursday that his rival Marc Ravalomanana, whom he toppled with army support in 2009, must be kept "at all costs" from returning to power. ... Full story

Zanu PF, Army Smuggle 10,000 Enumerators in Census: MDC

Harare, August 10, 2012 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party on Thursday said about 10,000 soldiers and ZANU PF youth officers were recruited to be enumerators in the coming census to falsify data as cabinet ordered the removal of security personnel from the process. ... Full story

Mugabe Balloon Insult Man Freed

By Professor Matodzi Mutare, August 09, 2012 - A Zimbabwean carpenter, who landed in trouble for allegedly enquiring on the ability of President Robert Mugabe to blow up birthday balloons given his advanced age and ill-health status, is now a free man after he was removed from remand. ... Full story

China Holds Murder Trial Of Ex-leader's Wife In Secret

Hefei China, August 09, 2012 - China's most politically sensitive trial in three decades was held behind closed doors on Thursday as police dragged two protesters away from the courthouse where the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai is expected to be convicted of murder. ... Full story

Violence Still Problem Despite Libya's Peaceful Power Handover

Tripoli, August 09, 2012 - Getting a grip on security in an often anarchic post-Gaddafi Libya will be the priority for the country's new ruling assembly when it starts life on Wednesday, the deputy prime minister says. ... Full story

Warriors Slide Heavily Down The World Rankings

Harare, August 09, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Warriors have crashed heavily down the Fifa Coca Cola World rankings following the latest rankings released Wednesday by the world controlling football body. ... Full story

Cabinet Approves New Bank Capital Requirements

Harare, August 09, 2012 - Zimbabwe cabinet on Wednesday said it has approved the new minimum capital requirements of $100 million for commercial and merchant banks to prevent closure of financial institutions. ... Full story

Cabinet Rules On Soldier Participation In Census

Harare, August 08, 2012 - The Zimbabwe cabinet on Tuesday ordered the reduction of the military participation in National census from 10 000 to 1 571. ... Full story

Zimpapers Journo Suspended On Gay Activism Allegations

Harare, August 08, 2012 - A male journalist with the state owned group of newspapers, Zimpapers, was suspended last week by his bosses over allegations of advocating for gay rights. ... Full story

Security Forces Block Census Workshops

Roy Chikara Masvingo, August 08, 2012 - Soldiers, police and spy agents, the CIO, on Tuesday afternoon blocked census enumerators’ workshops in Masvingo town, Gutu Mpandawana growth point and St Antony’s High School in Zaka, demanding to be included in the process. ... Full story

Philippines Rushes Aid To 850,000 People Affected By Floods

Manila, August 08, 2012 - Emergency workers and troops rushed food, water and clothes to nearly 850,000 people displaced and marooned from deadly floods spawned by 11 straight days of southwest monsoon rains that soaked the Philippine capital and nearby provinces. ... Full story

Gbagbo Loyalists Behind Ivory Coast Attacks: Government

Abidjan, August 08, 2012 - Fighters loyal to Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo were behind a series of attacks that killed 10 soldiers in the commercial capital Abidjan since Sunday, the interior minister said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Africa's Growth May Rise To 7 pct A year By 2015

Mombasa, Kenya, August 08, 2012 - Africa's growth could rise to 7 percent by the year 2015 Driven by a rush of investors attracted by its drive to improve its infrastructure, the head of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) in Africa said. ... Full story

Tsvangirai meets Mozambican President

Harare, August 08, 2012- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will Wednesday meet President Armando Guebbuza of Mozambique in Maputo ahead of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit to be held in the Mozambican capital next week. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Meets To Decide Draft Constitution

Harare, August 08, 2012 - Zanu (PF) politburo meets Wednesday to finalise its audit of the draft constitution. ... Full story

Much Of SA Covered In Blanket Of Snow

Johannesburg, August 07, 2012 - Users across South Africa have taken to social networks with reports of snow as the latest cold front sinks its teeth into the country. ... Full story

Mars Rover Landing "Miracle Of Engineering," Scientists Say

Pasadena, California, August 07, 2012 - NASA scientists hailed the Mars rover Curiosity's flawless descent and landing as a "miracle of engineering" on Monday as they scanned early images of an ancient crater that may hold clues about whether life took hold on Earth's planetary cousin. ... Full story

Smiling Mandela meets Clinton at his S. Africa home

Qunu, South Africa, August 07, 2012 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the "beautiful" smile of her friend and former South African President Nelson Mandela when they met at his country home on Monday during her multi-nation trade and security tour through Africa. ... Full story

Vote No For Draft Constitution:Sikhala

Harare, August 07, 2012 - Firebrand politician and leader of MDC99 Job Sikhala has dismissed the current draft constitution describing it as a half backed and racist document which ordinary Zimbabweans should reject. ... Full story

Mugabe's Parly Recall To Approve Chinese Deal Costly: Veritas

Harare, August 07, 2012 - The move by President Robert Mugabe to recall parliament to approve a $164 million loan from China to upgrade the Victoria Falls airport ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in the resort town next year is costly, independent parliament monitor group Veritas said Monday. ... Full story

Zim Census Registration Stopped To Weed Out Soldiers

Harare, August 07, 2012 - The registration of enumerators for the 2012 census has been postponed amid reports that almost 10 000 soldiers had already been registered and the issue is likely to be debated in Tuesday's cabinet meeting. ... Full story

Suicide Bomb Attack On Nigeria Checkpoint Kills Eight

Maiduguri, Nigeria, August 06, 2012 - A suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint in Nigeria's northeastern city of Damaturu on Sunday, killing six soldiers and two civilians, police said. ... Full story

Seven Dead In Shooting At Wisconsin Sikh Temple

Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 06, 2012 - A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple on Sunday before police shot him dead in an attack authorities are treating as an act of domestic terrorism. ... Full story

Another Olympic Disappointment For Zimbabwe

Harare, August 06, 2012 - There was another Olympic disappointment for Zimbabwe Saturday after Sharon Tawengwa found the going tough in the women’s 42 kilometre marathon and dropped out of the race. ... Full story

Zim Unity Govt Corrupt: Transparency International Zimbabwe

Bulawayo, August 06, 2012 - The Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) executive director, Mary-Jane Ncube, has labelled the unity government corrupt. ... Full story

Religious Leader Escapes Bomb Attack

Kano, August 05, 2012 - A top Muslim traditional leader in northeast Nigeria escaped a suicide attack on Friday, when the bomber was thwarted by locals before blowing himself up, police and residents said. ... Full story

Car bomb Explodes in Libya's Tripoli

Tripoli, August 05, 2012 - A car bomb exploded near the offices of the military police in Tripoli early on Saturday, a senior security source said, the first such attack in the Libyan capital since the start of a revolt that toppled the regime of Muammar Gaddafi last year. ... Full story

Clinton Welcomes Somalia Progress

Nairobi , August 05, 2012 - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Saturday she was encouraged by progress that Somali leaders have made in trying to re-establish a viable central government in the East African nation where an al-Qaida-linked insurgency group still partly rules. ... Full story

MDC Urges Zimbabweans to Vote "Yes"

Harare, August 05, 2012 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party has urged Zimbabweans to vote “Yes” to the new draft constitution when it’s put to a referendum sometime in October. ... Full story

Coventry Loses World Record

Harare, August 05, 2012- Zimbabwe’s Kristy Coventry is returning home from the 2012 London Olympic Games without a medal after only managing a sixth finish in the 200 metre backstroke final on Friday evening. ... Full story

Land Acquisitions Won’t Stop: Says Mugabe

Lusaka, August 04, 2012 - Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe on Thursday said sanctions slapped by the West on selected members and institutions of his administration, had failed and should be lifted. ... Full story

Suicide Bomber Kills Self, Wounds 9 in Kenya

Nairobi, August 04, 2012 - A suspected suicide bomber killed himself and wounded nine people when he detonated a grenade near a military air base in Nairobi on Friday, police said, in the latest such attack since Kenya's military foray into neighbouring Somalia. ... Full story

Victoria Falls Gets New Airline Service

Harare, August 04, 2012 - South African low-cost carrier 1Time has become the latest foreign airline to enter the Zimbabwe skies, according to Johannesburg’s Business Day newspaper. ... Full story

Proposed Draft Constitution Could See Mugabe Prosecuted: Biti

Harare, August 04,2012-MDC-T Secretary General Tendai Biti says President Robert Mugabe can no longer deploy tropes and unanimously or declare war under the new constitution which vests those powers to parliament adding that if endorsed Mugabe will be liable for prosecution for offences he committed during or after his tenure of office. ... Full story

Clinton Takes Message Of Reconciliation To South Sudan

Kampala, August 03, 2012 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will press South Sudan to resolve disputes with its former rulers in the north, on her first visit to the world's newest country on Friday. ... Full story

Frustrated Annan Quits As Syria Peace Envoy

United Nations/Aleppo, Syria, August 03, 2012 - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria, frustrated by "finger-pointing" at the United Nations while the armed rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad becomes increasingly bloody. ... Full story

Moment Of Truth For Coventry And Zimbabwe

Harare, August 03, 2012 - Its do-or-die for Kirsty Coventry when she takes part in the 200 metre backstroke final at the ongoing 2012 London Olympic Games Friday evening. ... Full story

Magistrate Quashes Police Ban Of National Healing Play

By Professor Matodzi Masvingo, August 03, 2012 - Magistrate Jabulani Zinyati has quashed a police ban on a national healing theatre play aimed at exhorting peace and reconciliation after years of conflict in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Zim's Tourism Permanent Secretary Re-assigned For Exposing Govt

Harare, August 03, 2012 - The tourism permanent secretary Sylvester Mawunganidze, who recently said Zimbabwe had resorted to lying about its capacity to host the world tourism indaba together with Zambia next year, has been re-assigned to the Public Service Commission. ... Full story

Tobacco Earns Zim $500m

Harare, August 03, 2012 - Zimbabwe this year got over $500 million in tobacco sales, a rise from last year's $349 million earnings, a sign agriculture is slowly recovering from the past years after President Robert Mugabe pushed out white farmers out of farms. ... Full story

Mugabe Liable For Prosecution According To New Constitution

Harare, August 02, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe can be prosecuted for “civil and criminal” crimes he might have committed before and during his time in office according to the country’s new constitutional draft. ... Full story

Zim's Finance Minister Blames Weight Loss On War Veterans

Harare, August 02, 2012 - Zimbabwe's Finance minister Tendai Biti said the constant visits to his office by war veterans and civil servants demanding money has given him sleepless nights and left him wasted. ... Full story

Clinton starts Africa swing in Senegal

Dakar , August 01, 2012 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Senegal's capital Dakar late on Tuesday at the start of a seven-nation, 11-day trip to Africa due to focus on regional peace and security. ... Full story

Gaddafi son: Trial in Libya Would Be Murder

Amsterdam, August 01, 2012 - The son of killed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi says that he wants to be tried for alleged war crimes in the Netherlands, and a trial in Libya would be tantamount to murder. ... Full story

Zim: Foreign Media Must Register Or Else...

Cape Town , August 01, 2012 - Foreign media houses have started registering with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) following a warning that they will be barred from circulating publications in that country if they do not register, a report said on Tuesday. ... Full story

MDC-T Officially Welcomes Mutinhiri into Its Fold

Harare, August 01, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)’s Mashonaland East provincial leadership on Tuesday officially welcomed former ZANU-PF legislator Tracy Mutinhiri into the party. ... Full story

Gono Promises To Jail Errant Bankers

Harare, August 01, 2012 - Reserve Bank governor, Gideon Gono on Tuesday threw the gauntlet on bankers increasing the capital requirements of banks to $100 million saying he is prepared to send to jail bankers who abuse depositors funds, a week after the closure of Royal bank. ... Full story