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Zimbabwe talks in right track

Harare: Zimbabwe's power-sharing talks are making significant progress, says South Africa, which has been mediating the crisis negotiations. South African President Thabo Mbeki has been mediating between the country's ruling and opposition parties after Robert Mugabe was re-elected in June. Senior members of Zimbabwe's security forces have...

Zimbabwe negotiation talks begins on Thursday

Johannesburg: Zimbabwe's opposition MDC and President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF will begin negotiations on a power-sharing deal in earnest on Thursday, officials said on Wednesday. The rivals kicked off preliminary talks on Tuesday aimed at ending Zimbabwe's crisis, South African President Thabo Mbeki's spokesman said. He...

Zimbabweans upbeat about rivals' framework deal

Zimbabwe: Zimbabweans have warmly welcomed a deal setting a framework for talks on the country's political crisis. Residents in Harare and Bulawayo told the BBC they were excited at news of the agreement, saying they hoped it would allow a return to normal life. The deal says power-sharing talks between President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF...

EU widens Zimbabwe sanctions

Brussels: The European Union sought on Tuesday to step up pressure on Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe by widening sanctions to target more officials and companies linked to his government. "We are adding 37 people and four companies (to the EU sanctions list)," an EU official said of the move by EU foreign ministers after widely...

Zimbabwe ruling party-Opposition sign framework deal

Harare: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday signed a deal laying down the framework for formal talks on forming a power sharing government to end a deep political crisis. It was the first meeting in 10 years between the two rivals, who are widely believed to detest each other. They sat at a...

Zimbabwe opposition put condition before signing accord

Johannesburg: Zimbabwe's opposition MDC will not sign an accord leading to talks on ending the political crisis until mediator Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's president, has addressed some concerns, a party spokesman said on Sunday. Sources in the Movement for Democratic Change said on Saturday that MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai might sign the...

Zimbabwe inter-party talks move ahead

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition are close to agreeing the framework for talks on the country's political crisis, Kenya's prime minister says. PM Raila Odinga, who spoke to Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday, said the framework would be signed this week. Mr Tsvangirai said he was ready to...

UN, AU to monitor Zimbabwe talks

Harare(Zimbabwe): South African President Thabo Mbeki has invited the African Union and the United Nations to join a new "reference group" with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that will liaise on his efforts to mediate a solution to Zimbabwe's problems, The Herald reported on Saturday. President Mbeki, however,...

Zimbabwe opposition leader urged to sign MoU

Harare: Zimbabwean opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been urged to commit himself to the ongoing inter-party talks following his last-minute decision to withhold his signature from a Memorandum of Understanding setting the agenda for dialogue between his party, Zanu-PF and the Arthur Mutambara-led MDC faction. Traditional leaders and...

SA president acts to resolve Zimbabwe crisis

South Africa: South African President Thabo Mbeki is set to meet African Union chief Jean Ping in the latest bid to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis. The pair are expected to discuss ways of brokering a power-sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Mr Tsvangirai is reportedly waiting to...

Zimbabwe talks halts, EU to widen sanctions

Zimbabwe: Talks to resolve Zimbabwe's deep crisis have stalled after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai refused to sign a framework for negotiations, his party said on Thursday. Both Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change and the ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe are under strong African and world pressure to negotiate...

Zimbabwe inflation reaches at 2,200,000%

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's annual rate of inflation has surged to 2,200,000%, official figures have shown. The figure is the first official assessment of prices in the troubled African nation since February, when the rate of inflation stood at 165,000%. Zimbabwe, once one of the richest countries in Africa, has descended into economic chaos largely...

Rice blames Zimbabwe president for crisis

Washington: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told African nations on Tuesday they must do more to make Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe accountable for his actions, saying the political and economic crisis there was "Africa's challenge." Addressing African leaders at a conference in Washington aimed at boosting trade with...

Churches raised voice against Zimbabwe election

Zimbabwe: Church leaders in Zimbabwe have for the first time raised serious concerns about presidential election results. The heads of all Zimbabwe's Christian denominations said the poll was not an expression of the will of the people. In a statement, they said people were subjected to violence that included torture, murder, abductions,...

Deadlock on inter-party talks in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe's party and the opposition failed last week to agree a framework for talks to end Zimbabwe's crisis, the opposition said on Sunday, but state media said negotiations would continue. The first preliminary talks between the two sides since a disputed election were adjourned on Friday without agreement, a...