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Zimbabwe President Undergoes Prostate Surgery

Diplomats and Zanu-PF sources say Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who turns 87 next month, is in a hospital in Malaysia after a prostate operation.According to diplomatic and political sources in Harare, Mugabe had medical examinations while on his annual holiday earlier this month in Malaysia. He returned home to Harare, but his prostate...

South Africa Delays Deportation of Zimbabwean Migrants

The South African government says it is extending its deadline for deporting irregular Zimbabwean migrants until July 31. The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration says it welcomes this extension and is ready to assist Zimbabweans who are forced to leave South Africa. South Africa says the moratorium for deporting irregular...

Boost for Zimbabwe's Education Sector Results in Texts

When Zimbabwe schools re-open Tuesday, younger scholars will find they have text books for the first time in many years.  A record 13 million text books are being delivered to Zimbabwe’s primary schools.Education minister David Coltart said the massive text-book order, a record for Zimbabwe, was made possible by donations, mainly from Scandinavian...

Over 275,000 Zimbabweans Apply for Legal Status in South Africa

The first phase of a vast operation to legalize Zimbabweans who fled south across the border to South Africa during the past 10 years  of political and economic crisis has ended.  South Africa is scrutinizing more than 275,000 applications for permits from Zimbabweans who met the December 31 deadline, and says it will not deport any until the...

ZANU-PF Military Forces Farmers to Attend Election Rallies

Although Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party seems to have accepted, in public at least, that elections are not possible before year end, many new black farmers north of the capital were told Tuesday by senior army personnel there would be "war" if ZANU-PF didn't win the next poll. An officer in the Zimbabwe National army, accompanied...

African Union Mediator Says No Power Sharing Deal in Ivory Coast

The African Union mediator to Ivory Coast's political crisis says the incumbent president's decision to accept negotiations does not include the option of a power sharing government. African officials insist he must yield power.The Economic Community of West African States says Ivory Coast's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo has agreed to further...

Robert Mugabe Under Pressure to Accept Election Delay in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe's hopes of having a parliamentary election by June this year could be dashed, following reports that Zimbabwe is likely to postpone the poll in order to make constitutional reforms first. This could force the ZANU PF leader, who insists on both presidential and parliamentary elections by mid-year, to agree to hold a poll much later...

Sanctions Increase Against Stubborn Ivorian President

As the international community presses Ivorian President Gbagbo to step down, economic and political sanctions appear the tools of choice. But will they work? It's been more than a month since Ivorian presidential elections which most countries consider were won by challenger Alassane Ouattara. But Ivory Coast's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo...

Zimbabweans Rush for Documents Before S. Africa Deportation Deadline

Thousands of Zimbabweans living in South Africa are trying to legalize their stay before Friday. The South African government says after this deadline it will begin deporting Zimbabweans without documents but those who can prove they have begun the registration process will not be expelled. Large crowds of Zimbabweans were lined up outside South...

Zimbabwe Pins Hopes on Mining Sector to Revive Economy

Zimbabwe's power-sharing government is trying to revive an economy crippled by low productivity, high unemployment and a lack of foreign investment.  One focus of attention is the country's mining industry, which provides nearly one-half of government revenues and thousands of jobs.  Tricky proposition Zimbabwean men dig for gold in the midday sun...

Despite Growing Pressure, Ivory Coast Incumbent Gbagbo Still Has Outside Allies

Amid growing international pressure for him to step down, embattled incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can still count on some outside allies.  They include African leaders and activists who believe they are fighting for independence from outside interference.While former South African President Thabo Mbeki was one of the first...

Wikileaks Could Quicken Demise of GNU

THE recent WikiLeaks cable releases could have afforded President Robert Mugabe ammunition to call for elections next year, with his main argument that his coalition partner, Morgan Tsvangirai was in bed with the West. For years now, Mugabe has claimed that Tsvangirai was a pliant tool for Britain and America and revelations that the Prime...

Chinese Trade With Africa Jumps in 2010

China says its trade with Africa surged by 43 percent during the first 11 months of this year.A central government report released Thursday says the value of China-Africa trade was $114.8 billion from January to November.The increase follows a one-year drop in 2009, blamed on the global economic crisis.The report suggests trade between China and...

Zimbabwe Leaders Preach Unity of Purpose

After weeks of harsh political words and accusations, Zimbabwe's three political leaders held an end of year get-together at which each spoke of the need to see the inclusive government to its natural end, which is a new constitution and free and fair elections. After all the harsh political words, the Christmas messages of a common goal surprised...

Zimbabwe Politics Grows More Volatile During 2010

Zimbabwe's appears to be in for more political turmoil with talk of fresh elections earlier this month at the conference of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF Party. Most Zimbabweans indicate they do not want elections next year because they may interfere with the political stability and economic progress made since the unity government came to...