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India Hanging Postponed

New Delhi, February 21, 2013 - India's Supreme Court on Wednesday extended a stay on the hanging of four death-row convicts by six months after rights groups voiced growing concern over recent executions in the country. ... Full story

Zambia Seizes Control Of Chinese Mine

Lusaka - The Zambian government has seized control of a Chinese-owned coal company due to poor compliance with safety and environmental standards, the mines minister said on Wednesday. ... Full story

Oscar's Defence Holds Nothing Back

Pretoria - The detective leading the police investigation into Oscar Pistorius' fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp offered seemingly confusing testimony on Wednesday. ... Full story

Rita Makarau Appointed Acting Zim's Electoral Body Chair

Harare, February 20, 2013 - Zimbabwe's leaders have picked a Supreme Court judge to head the country's electoral body ahead of a crunch constitutional referendum and national elections, a minister said Wednesday. ... Full story

Twelve Killed In Zim Bus Accident

Shangani, February 20, 2013--Twelve people died in a accident near Shangani business centre on Wednesday after a bus on its way to Bulawayo from Gweru was side swept by a truck. ... Full story

Smaller MDC Faction Rules Out Coalition Talks

Bulawayo, February 20, 2013- Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Professor Welshman Ncube says it will not engage in coalition talks with the mainstream MDC -T. ... Full story

Police Declare War On NGOS Distributing Shortwave Radios

Harare, February 20, 2013 - Zimbabwe Republic Police on Tuesday threatened to arrest anyone found distributing or in possession of shortwave radios. ... Full story

Apple Targeted By Hackers

San Francisco, February 20, 2013 - Apple computers were attacked by the same hackers who targeted Facebook but no data appeared to have been stolen, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented admission of a widespread cybersecurity breach. ... Full story

Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns After Failing to Form New Cabinet

Tunis, February 20, 2013 - Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday after his attempt to end a political stand-off by forming a government of technocrats failed. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Readies For Airbus Flights

By Professor Matodzi Harare, February 18, 2013- AIR Zimbabwe has engaged South African Airways (SAA) to carry out some maintenance check on one of its Airbus aircraft as the airline readies itself to re-launch regional and international flights next month. ... Full story

Pistorius Murder Defence Team Faces Few Options

Pretoria, February 19, 2013 - Ever since "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend was shot dead in his Pretoria home last week, South African papers have printed lurid details of the killing which, if true, pose major challenges to the Paralympic star's defense team, experts say. ... Full story

Israel To Award Obama Prestigious Medal

Jerusalem, February 19, 2013 - Israel will award President Barack Obama the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. ... Full story

South Africa's Ramphele Launches New Party To Challenge ANC

Johannesburg, February 19, 2013 - Respected anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele launched a new political party on Monday to challenge South Africa's ruling ANC, saying self-interested and corrupt leaders were threatening the continent's biggest economy. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Seeks Funds From Local Firms For Referendum

Harare, February 19, 2013 - Destitute Zimbabwe plans to borrow from local companies to raise $100 million needed to hold a referendum on a new constitution, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday. ... Full story

Judges' Protest Over Poor Salaries Expose Disgruntlement

By Professor Matodzi Harare, February 18, 2013 - A protest by Zimbabwean judges has exposed the high level of disgruntlement among the country’s senior judicial officers. ... Full story

Teen Killed After Sister Sat At Obama Talk

Chicago - An 18-year-old Chicago woman was killed on the same day her sister sat on the stage behind President Barack Obama, listening to him push for gun control legislation. ... Full story

Mali: Troops Secure Rebel Strongpoint

Bamako, February 16, 2013 - French and Malian troops secured the north Mali town of Bourem on Sunday, tightening their control over areas where Islamist insurgents have been launching guerrilla attacks to harass the French-led military operation. ... Full story

Oscar Pistorius Races Canned

Johannesburg - All future races paralympian Oscar Pistorius had been contracted to compete in have been cancelled, his agent said on Sunday. ... Full story

Tongaat Feels Harare Pressure

Harare, February 18, 2013 - Concerns over Zimbabwe’s contentious indigenisation policy have suppressed the value of Tongaat Hulett’s Zimbabwe-listed unit, Hippo Valley, an analyst said last week, as Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere insisted that the agro-processing company should have complied with the policy by now. ... Full story

Zim Voter Awareness Campaigners Held

Harare, February 18, 2013 - A community group in Zimbabwe says a pastor and three activists were arrested for holding a voter education meeting a day after President Robert Mugabe announced March 16 as the date for a referendum on a new constitution. ... Full story

Technology Whizz Kid Tackles Greek Tax Evasion

(Reuters) - Greece is pinning its hopes of boosting revenue from an antiquated tax system beset by massive evasion on Harry Theoharis, a boyish-looking 42-year-old who describes himself as an "I.T. monkey". ... Full story

Ex-Zambian Leader 'Seeking Asylum In SA'

Lusaka, February 15, 2013 - Zambian President Michael Sata said on Thursday that his predecessor Rupiah Banda was in South Africa to seek asylum. ... Full story

Oscar Pistorius Set To Appear In Court

Pretoria, February 15, 2013 - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday on a charge of murder. ... Full story

NGO Calls On EU To Maintain Zimbabwe Sanctions

London, February 15, 2013 - Global Witness wants European Union foreign ministers to strengthen measures that restrict sales of diamonds from Zimbabwe Marange diamond fields, not ease them. ... Full story

New Constitution No Guarantee For Free And Fair Poll:Matinenga

Harare, February 15, 2013 - The man in charge of leading the crafting of Zimbabwe's new constitution says a new bill of rights for the country alone is not enough to guarantee Zimbabwe a free and fair election. ... Full story

Judge Agonises Over Seized Farm

By Professor Matodzi Harare, February 14, 2013- A high court judge has broken his silence about his agony over the seizure of his farm by supporters loyal to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party. ... Full story

Air Zim Rolls Out Ambitious Plan To Revive Fortunes

HARARE, February 07, 2013-THE country’s troubled state-run airline, Air Zimbabwe has rolled out an ambitious plan as it seeks to revive its fortunes following years of maladministration that at one time grounded the airline’s aircraft. ... Full story