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In Cap and Gown, Mugabe Makes Public Appearance

It could be his last outing as president

(Newser) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since a military takeover , attending a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare Friday. Clad in academic gown and hat, Mugabe walked slowly in a procession on a red carpet to a podium as a marching band played. Once on... More »

Zimbabwe Military Says Mugabe in Custody

US citizens told to 'shelter in place' amid crisis

(Newser) - Time may have finally run out for Robert Mugabe after 37 years ruling Zimbabwe: The military has seized control and says he is "safe and sound" in their custody. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says he spoke to the 93-year-old leader Wednesday and he said he was doing... More »

Zimbabwe Army Seizes Control of Capital

'This is not a military takeover,' they say

(Newser) - In an extraordinary statement after taking over the state broadcaster during a night of unrest, Zimbabwe's army said early Wednesday it was only targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, and sought to reassure the country that "this is not a military takeover." Mugabe and his wife,... More »

Tsvangirai's Grandson Drowns in Pool

3-year-old was visiting for funeral of Zimbabwe PM's wife

(Newser) - The 3-year-old grandson of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was found dead in the family pool in Harare on Saturday, the Guardian reports. Sean Tsvangirai and his parents were visiting from Canada for the funeral of Susan Tsvangirai, Sean’s grandmother and Morgan’s wife, killed in a March car... More »

The World's Worst Vacation: Zimbabwe

Amid disease and starvation, a tourism industry clings on

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's currency is worthless, its population is almost entirely unemployed, and a thuggish government uses intimidation, censorship, and torture to maintain an iron grip on power. Why would any tourist want to go there? For Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, writing in Gourmet, a trip to Robert Mugabe's ruined nation is eye-opening—... More »

Troops Run Amok in Zimbabwe Capital

Police, soldiers clash after unpaid troops turn to robbing, looting

(Newser) - Unpaid Zimbabwean soldiers battled riot police on the streets of Harare today, venting their frustration after waiting all day to withdraw money from a bank, the BBC reports. Dozens of troops ran riot before order was restored, robbing moneychangers, looting shops, and encouraging civilians to join them. Some passers-by threw... More »

Mugabe Rival Released After 8 Hours' Detention

He faces charges of violating pubic order for campaigning

(Newser) - Zimbabwe police released opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai tonight after holding him 8 hours and charging him with violating public order by campaigning ahead of the runoff election. Tsvangirai and several aides were arrested at a police road block, the Washington Post reports. No trial date has been set, and such... More »

Zimbabwe Begins Recount; Opposition Rejects Move

Parliamentary results could be overturned

(Newser) - Zimbabwe began a partial recount today of votes from last month’s parliamentary elections despite objections from the opposition party and fears that the deadlock could turn violent. The recount in 23 of 210 constituencies is expected to last 3 days and could reverse the initial results that handed defeat... More »

Zimbabwe 'Hit List' Sparks Unease

Both sides claim 'memo' is part of dangerous power play

(Newser) - The Zimbabwe opposition denied responsibility yesterday for a "hit list" that is circulating in Harare, saying President Robert Mugabe created it to incite panic. The memo, which lists officials to be purged, cropped up as opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was assuring military and intelligence leaders that his transition into... More »

US Demands Zimbabwe Release Americans

Journalists rounded up in apparent crackdown

(Newser) - The US State Department is demanding the immediate release of Americans detained in Zimbabwe, CNN reports. Riot police entered a hotel yesterday and removed foreign reporters, including a New York Times correspondent now being held in a Harare jail. Another US citizen working for a democratic rights organization was also... More »

Zimbabwe Opposition Claims Victory

Early pronouncement will be dealt with as a 'coup'

(Newser) - The Zimbabwe opposition is claiming victory in national elections to unseat long-time leader Robert Mugabe—but government authorities quickly warned that premature pronouncements would be dealt with harshly. "It is called a coup d'etat and we all know how coups are handled," warned a government spokesman. Authorities plan... More »

Bush Hooked On FON-iks at UN

UN speech draft included phonetic pronunciations

(Newser) - A draft of President Bush's speech to the United Nations included phonetic spellings to help him pronounce difficult names like sar-KOzee, according to a copy of the speech accidentally posted for a time on the UN website. It was up long enough for reporters to see it, much to the... More »

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