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Activists Warn of Rights Abuse Upsurge in Zimbabwe

Human rights activists are warning that an upsurge of political violence in Zimbabwe is threatening reconciliation and will make it impossible to hold free and fair elections due next year. The Human Rights Watch group issued the warning Tuesday in Johannesburg. Human Rights Watch says politically-motivated abuses in Zimbabwe and the lack of...

UNICEF Launches Annual Aid Appeal

The United Nations children's agency is launching its global annual appeal for funding for women and children caught in various crises.  Within that appeal, the agency called for donors to contribute $303 million to projects in eight countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, with the bulk going to Ethiopia, Somalia, and Zimbabwe.   UNICEF’s...

AU Official Travels to Ivory Coast to Help Resolve Crisis

A top African Union official has traveled to Ivory Coast to give the country's rival presidents a message from African leaders calling for an "immediate end" to the killings.AU Commission chief Jean Ping met Saturday in Abidjan with Alassane Ouattara, the U.N.-certified winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election in November.  Ping planned to...

President Mugabe on Medical Trip to Asia

A spokesman for Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says his three-day medical trip to Asia is " no cause for alarm".President Mugabe's spokesman says he went to Singapore Thursday for a follow up examination following cataract surgery last year. He is expected to return home on Sunday.Mugabe has spent a month in Asia for medical purposes since...

Mugabe Heads to Asia for Medical Treatment

Officials say Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is heading back to Singapore Thursday for medical treatment.They did not disclose what treatment the 87-year-old is receiving.Mugabe was in Singapore last month for a check on his cataract following surgery last year.On Wednesday,  he threatened to seize foreign-owned businesses, in retaliation for...

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Urges SADC & AU to Act On Violence

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday expressed serious concern at the ongoing crackdown against MDC MPs, supporters and pro-democracy activists. Scores of activists, including the co-chairman of COPAC Douglas Mwonzora and the leader of the International Socialist Organization of Zimbabwe Munyaradzi Gwisai (a former MP for the MDC in the...

Security Stepped Up in Zimbabwe's Capital

With political tensions rising, as well as the numbers of those in detention, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has stepped up the government security presence in some Harare townships.Internet calls for street protests similar to those in North Africa did not emerge Tuesday, but Harare is bracing itself for a Zanu-PF anti-sanctions rally in the...

Foreign Investors See Potential in African Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the most important economic activities in Africa.  In addition to providing employment, agriculture has the potential to transform African societies through the increased export of produce to Western markets. Many agree that transformation will not take place without increased investment in agriculture, including public or...

Zimbabwe Activists Charged with High Treason

Forty-six people in Zimbabwe, charged with high treason, appeared in court in Harare Thursday.Defense lawyer Alec Muchadahama said he estimates 10 of the defendants in court were having difficulty sitting down or walking.He said they claimed they were assaulted in detention at Harare Central Police Station after their arrests last Saturday.  He...

Zimbabwe Charges 46 with Plotting to Overthrow Mugabe

A Zimbabwe judge has charged 46 people with plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe by plotting uprisings similar to those that led to the ouster of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.The suspects have been detained since their arrest on Saturday and have a bail hearing in Harare on Thursday.Prosecutors say the suspects, including a former opposition...

Rising Political Violence Reported in Zimbabwe

South African mediators travel to Zimbabwe in the next few days amidst reports of increasing political violence and selective arrests in the country. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says security forces are violating their national mandate, and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF blocks reconstruction of Zimbabwe. The Movement for Democratic Change...

EU Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Renewed

European Union sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and most of his colleagues in the Zanu-PF party have been renewed despite requests from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that they be abandoned.  The EU has lifted restrictions against 31 people, mostly wives of those on the sanctions list and a few minor political...

Analyst: Easing EU Sanctions on Mugabe Allies 'Serious Blunder'

The deputy chairman of the National Constitutional Assembly in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, told VOA the European Union “betrayed oppressed” Zimbabweans after the EU dropped sanctions against 35 allies of President Robert Mugabe. George Mkwananzi said many Zimbabweans are shocked and disappointed that the European Union will revise its...

Government Reportedly Hindered by Mugabe's Absence in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe left Zimbabwe last Friday for medical treatment in Asia. Mugabe's recent absences from Harare means that the executive has met for just two hours in the last two months. Mugabe told colleagues he was traveling to Singapore for a post-operative check after an operation on one of his eyes. His spokesman George Charamba said...

South African Charged After Animal Disease Threats Against Britain, US

The trial in South Africa of a man accused of threatening Britain and the United States with a biological weapon has been postponed until Friday. Brian Patrick Roach allegedly tried to blackmail the British government to prevent an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Sixty-four-year-old Brian Patrick Roach allegedly threatened to release a toxic...