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Australia to impose financial sanctions against Zimbabwe

Sydney: Australia will consider imposing stronger financial and travel sanctions against Zimbabwe as violence escalates in the lead up to the June 27 presidential run-off election.    'I've made it clear that we are open to consider more sanctions. We are currently giving active consideration to the issue,' Foreign Minister Stephen Smith...

S Africa urges Zimbabwe leader to keep on talks

Johannesburg: South Africa urged Zimbabwe's opposition to continue with talks to find a solution to the political problems in Zimbabwe after its leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of a presidential run-off vote on Sunday.    "We are very encouraged that Mr. Tsvangirai, himself, says he is not closing the door completely on...

Zimbabwe opposition leader quits poll

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he is pulling out of Friday's presidential run-off, handing victory to President Robert Mugabe, saying a free and fair poll was impossible in the current climate of violence.    Tsvangirai said there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair and "the...

S African mediators to ease Zimbabwe violence ahead of run off

Harare (Zimbabwe): A South African mediation team was in Zimbabwe on Saturday as part of efforts to resolve the country's political crisis amid mounting violence ahead of next week's presidential run-off election. The visit comes with South African President Thabo Mbeki reportedly seeking to have the June 27 run-off cancelled in favour of...

Mugabe dismiss opposition claim, defiant about

Harare (Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe dismissed opposition claims of violence in state media on Saturday, remaining defiant in the face of Western criticism ahead of next week's tense run-off election.    The 84-year-old leader called the opposition Movement for Democratic Change's (MDC) accusations that its supporters have...

Rice warns about fair Zimbabwe poll, presses the UN to act

United Nations: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed the U.N. Thursday to take stronger action against rising violence in Zimbabwe, and warned that President Robert Mugabe's regime doesn't appear capable of holding an impartial election.    Rice told reporters — after summoning foreign ministers, Security Council diplomats...

S Africa leader to meet Mugabe, doubts fair poll

Harate: South African President Thabo Mbeki will meet Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe on Wednesday for talks ahead of next week's presidential election run-off, Mbeki's spokesman said. South African ruling party leader Jacob Zuma, using his bluntest language to date over Zimbabwe's election, said he was not expecting a fair vote. "I...

Zimbabwean gov't to reduce local poll observers

Zimbabwe: Over 50,000 individuals have applied for accreditation as local observers for Zimbabwe's presidential election run-off set for June 27 while the government said on Tuesday it would cut the number by 80 percent. Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa told a media briefing that the government would ask...

Over two thousand Zimbabweans to return home from S Africa

Zimbabwe: At least 2,200 Zimbabweans affected by anti-migrant violence in South Africa last month are awaiting State assistance to return home, a senior Government official has said. Secretary for Foreign Affairs Joey Bimha said the government would continue assisting Zimbabweans affected by the xenophobic attacks until all citizens who require...

Zimbabwe president cautions opposition for violence

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe threatened on Monday to arrest opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai for provoking violence ahead of a June 27 presidential election run-off. "We are warning them (the MDC leaders) that we will not hesitate to arrest them (for violence), and we will do that in broad...

UN officials to visit Zimbabwe before polls

Zimbabwe: A top UN official is due in Zimbabwe for a five-day visit ahead of the presidential run-off, which continues to be marred by political violence. Haile Menkerios is expected to meet politicians to discuss the situation in the run-up to the 27 June vote. Violence is reported to have spread to urban areas near Harare, with opposition...

Violence spreads in Zimbabwe capital

Zimbabwe: Political violence in the campaign for this month's presidential run-off in Zimbabwe has spread to urban areas around the capital Harare on late Sunday, reports say. Some opposition supporters complained of being attacked in a township near the city. The area had been largely quiet while violence flared in rural districts, BBC...

Zimbabwe president change stance, promise to hand power to faithful

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was quoted on Sunday as saying he would be willing to hand power to a ruling party ally when he was sure the country was safe from "sellouts" and from British interference. But the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper said he gave no time-frame and again vowed to stop the opposition from ending...

Concern over conditions in Zimbabwe

South Afirca: South Africa is expressing concern over the political violence sweeping across Zimbabwe ahead of the country's presidential run-off election. "The arrests of opposition leaders and ongoing violence in Zimbabwe need to be addressed urgently," South Africa's Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said. The latest comment...

Mugabe vows to resist opposition taking power

Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe has vowed that the main opposition party will never lead Zimbabwe and said he was prepared to "go to war" for his country. He is due to face Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, in a 27 June run-off poll. Mr Tsvangirai was released after being arrested for the fifth time this...