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Zimbabwe warns UN sanctions could start civil war

United Nations: Zimbabwe warned on Thursday that a proposed U.N. resolution imposing sanctions on its leadership because of a violence-marred election could start a civil war and turn the country into another Somalia. The warning, in a letter to the Security Council from Zimbabwe's U.N. mission, came as disagreements continued within the 15-...

UNHCR calls S Africa not to deport Zimbabwean

Geneva: The U.N. refugee agency urged South Africa on Friday to stop mass deportations of Zimbabwean migrants, since some of those deported may be asylum seekers who have fled violence and political persecution at home. South Africa has deported some 17,000 Zimbabweans in the last 40 days alone through the main border crossing at Beit Bridge,...

Zimbabwe talks continue for second day

Sudan: UN officials say they expect the International Criminal Court in The Hague to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir. The charges could include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. UN officials fear this could bring reprisals against peacekeeping forces in the Sudanese region. Mr Bashir has said his...

Zimbabwe opposition agrees to talk with ruling party

Harare(Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change will on Thursday hold preliminary talks with President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party on ending the country's political crisis, an MDC source said on Thursday. The source said the preliminary talks, in South Africa, would discuss ending political violence which the...

Zimbabwe unrest may hinder World Cup challenge

Johannesburg: Political turmoil in neighbouring Zimbabwe was adding to a long list of problems South Africa faced in its preparation for the 2010 World Cup finals, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday. "The situation in Zimbabwe has to be solved quickly. What is happening there is definitely terrible," Valcke told a...

Russia against Zimbabwe sanctions, may veto UN decision

Russia: Russia has said it could veto proposed UN sanctions against Zimbabwe's president and his allies, despite agreeing a G8 statement backing them. Russia has the power to veto any measures at the UN Security Council, which could take a vote this week. The US and the UK are pushing for a travel ban and assets freeze on Zimbabwe's...

UN to vote for sanctions on Zimbabwe this week

United Nations: The UN Security Council could vote for sanctions against Zimbabwe as soon as this week, France said on Tuesday, despite pressure from African states to give their mediation efforts a chance first. France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Maurice Ripert, told reporters before a council meeting on Zimbabwe that while council members would...

G8 plans sanctions against Zimbabwe govt

Japan: G8 leaders meeting in Japan have said they will seek targeted sanctions against members of the Zimbabwean government over last month's polls. Their call for financial and other measures against individuals "responsible for violence" in Zimbabwe marks a change of stance for Russia. The G8 also called for a special UN Security...

Militants attack displaced peoples camps in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Armed militia have raided two camps for people fleeing post-election violence in Zimbabwe, opposition and medical officials have said. The opposition said several people were killed in Gokwe, north of Harare but other reports say there was one death. In Ruwa, near the capital, masked men in army fatigues beat up people who had...

Kenya declines to recognize Zimbabwean government

Kenya: Kenya has joined African countries that have refused to recognize Robert Mugabe as the president of Zimbabwe, Wetangula said in remarks published in the local media on Monday. Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula said Kenya would not recognize Mugabe's government as legitimate. Mugabe has been defiant despite growing international...

S Africa president meets Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: South African President Thabo Mbeki, chief regional negotiator on the Zimbabwe crisis, met here Saturday with President Robert Mugabe and leaders of a breakaway faction of the main opposition party. Mbeki had a brief discussion with Mugabe, whose re-election last month has been rejected by the main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai...

Zimbabwe president ready for talks after opposition recognition

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he is open to talks on ending the country's political crisis, provided the opposition accepts him as leader. "I am the president," he said. "Everybody has to accept that if they want dialogue." He was speaking in Harare, after returning from an African summit. The...

Thousands welcome Zimbabwe president's return

Zimababwe: Thousands of Zimbabweans have greeted President Robert Mugabe on his return from the African Union summit where he defended his controversial re-election. The supporters were ferried in buses to Harare airport, where they danced and sang election campaign anthems. Meanwhile, military police have been seen forcibly closing down ruling...

UN to vote Zimbabwe sanctions next week-expects US

United Nations: The United States said on Thursday it expects the U.N. Security Council to vote next week on sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and top aides for last week's widely criticized election. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters after a closed-door council session that he formally submitted the U.S.-...

Zimbabwe opposition committed to talks says leader

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Wednesday it was committed to negotiations with the ruling Zanu PF party to find a lasting solution to the challenges facing Zimbabwe. Addressing a press conference in Harare on the just ended African Union summit held in Egypt, the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai told...