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Controversial Zimbabwe Diamonds Dispute Deepens

There is growing confusion over whether Zimbabwe can legally export rough diamonds from its military-run Marange fields under the Kimberley Process, the mechanism meant to stop the flow of so-called "blood diamonds." Experts have conflicting views on whether Zimbabwe is complying with Kimberley Process rules.Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti...

Refugees, Asylum Seekers in South Africa Brace For New Regulations

Refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia and other troubled African countries seeking a new life in South Africa are bracing themselves for tighter regulations as part of planned government amendments. Several dozen Somali men and women mill around the offices of human rights lawyers in Pretoria, showing the papers they have brought with them to...

Zimbabwe Energy Minister Acquitted

Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, a member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was acquitted Tuesday in Harare's High Court of charges he abused tender procedures.  Mangoma’s arrest in March seriously threatened the relative stability brought to Zimbabwe by the country's inclusive government.Harare High Court Judge Chinembiri...

Eastern Zimbabwe Plantations Face Grim Future

Zimbabwe’s eastern Manicaland Province may have taken the hardest blows from President Robert Mugabe’s 11 years of seizures of land from white farmers.  .  In eastern Zimbabwe, years of neglect have left many plantations that once produced avocados, macademia nuts, coffee and timber in a pitiful state. These crops take up to 12 years from planting...

Southern African Judges Slam Regional Court Closure

Judge Ariranga Pillay, the former president of the Southern African Development Community’s [SADC] tribunal and three of his fellow judges are protesting what they say is the illegal dissolution of this regional court of last resort.The former tribunal judges note that among the court’s rulings were significant judgements against Zimbabwe...

Zimbabwe Legislator Accused of Infecting Journalist With HIV-AIDS

A Zimbabwe legislator was arrested Tuesday, accused of infecting a state journalist with HIV-AIDS.Legislator Siyabonga Malandu Ncube turned himself in Tuesday at the Bulawayo Central Police Station, accompanied by his lawyer, Mlweli Ndlovu.Earlier, reports emerged in Zimbabwe media that a journalist working for the pro-Zanu-PF Chronicle newspaper...

Power Portraits Capture World Leaders

World leaders and heads of state are always in the public eye. We watch them on TV and see their photos in newspapers and magazines. But when New Yorker staff photographer Platon Antoniou - who uses just his first name professionally - embarked on a journey to capture images of world leaders, he wanted to discover the personalities behind the...

Soutnern African Nations Urge Faster Progress on Zimbabwe Power Sharing

A SADC summit in Johannesburg urged Zimbabwe's political rivals to move faster to resolve differences. The Southern African Development Community called for South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique to appoint officials to a team to assist implementation of the country's power-sharing agreement.The multi-party Joint Monitoring and Implementation...

Southern African Region Debates Zimbabwe

A Southern African Development Community summit in Johannesburg is considering Zimbabwe’s progress towards free and fair elections. Although the summit shows there is growing regional solidarity on Zimbabwe, insiders are concerned President Robert Mugabe will ignore SADC recommendations to achieve free and fair elections some time before March...

African Leaders Discuss Bigger Free Trade Zone

African leaders have opened talks in Johannesburg on forming a 26-nation free trade bloc that would be the biggest on the continent. The proposed Grand Free Trade Area would join three existing trade blocs - the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.The three blocs...

African Leaders Guide Zimbabwe Toward Elections

African leaders are meeting in Zimbabwe Saturday to lay out a roadmap for the country's presidential elections.Members of the Southern African Development Community want to delay elections until a new constitution is adopted.Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his majority ZANU-PF party insist elections be held this year.  Mugabe, who has ruled...

SADC Holds Crucial Regional Summit on Zimbabwe

Expectations are high among Zimbabweans ahead of a regional summit that many hope will result in a roadmap to free and fair elections.  The summit follows a key regional meeting in Zambia two months ago, when without naming names, regional leaders blamed President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party for failing to implement key sections of the 2008...

Zimbabwe's Independence Hero Dies

Edgar Tekere, one of Zimbabwe’s heroes in the fight for independence, who stopped his former ally President Robert Mugabe from establishing a one party state, died Tuesday. Tekere was widely regarded as a key leader in the military and civil struggle against minority white rule and for denouncing corruption after independence.Edgar Tekere was a...

Police Presence Snuffs Out Rally for Zimbabwe's MDC

With political tension rising in Zimbabwe, the country's largest political party, the Movement for Democratic Change, held a rally in its Harare stronghold Saturday. Attendance at the event was unusually poor. The MDC said a “star” rally was to be held on Saturday at a well-known venue, though police only gave them permission at the last minute....

Ethiopia Commutes Death Sentences for Former Officials Accused of Genocide

Ethiopia has commuted the death sentences of 23 people convicted of genocide for their part in the “Red Terror” purges during the rule of former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam.  The 23 still face life in prison. Among those spared the death penalty Wednesday are many senior officials in the Mengistu government, including former vice-president...