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She Tried to Get a Photo of the Elephant. It Killed Her

Tourist loses her life in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park

(Newser) - A female tourist in Zimbabwe lost her life while trying to get a photo of an elephant. The BBC reports the German woman was among a group of vacationers who spotted a herd of elephants entering Mana Pools National Park on Wednesday. The unnamed 49-year-old was trampled by one of... More »

A New President Is 'Humbled,' Opponent Cries Fraud

Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the election in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the election there Friday as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa received 50.8% of the vote, while main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa received 44.3%, but the opposition is... More »

Delayed Election Results Spark Riots in Zimbabwe

Irregularities have been alleged

(Newser) - Rioting erupted Wednesday in Zimbabwe's capital as opposition supporters clashed with police and army troops over delays in announcing results from the presidential election, the country's first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe . The security forces opened fire with guns, water cannons, and tear gas, and... More »

On Eve of Big Election, Mugabe Has a Surprise

Ousted Zimbabwe leader won't back his own ruling party in tight race

(Newser) - Zimbabweans are voting Monday for president, and the name Robert Mugabe is not on the ballot. But that doesn't mean the 94-year-old former ruler, who was ousted in a military coup last year, won't have a say in the outcome. At a surprise news conference Sunday, Mugabe announced... More »

On a New Continent, Accusations of 'Fake News'

Challenger Nelson Chamisa has familiar words ahead of Zimbabwe election; Mugabe re-emerges

(Newser) - "Fake news" is at it again, this time on a different continent, reports the AP . Zimbabwe's main opposition leader says the ruling party has conducted a "fake news" campaign against him with the help of foreign technicians ahead of Monday's elections. Nelson Chamisa, head of the... More »

Ex-First Lady Finds Hundreds of Gold Diggers on Her Farm

Grace Mugabe says the miners refused to leave

(Newser) - Wow, rough few months for Grace Mugabe. One day she's first lady of Zimbabwe, the next she's trying and failing to kick 400 illegal gold miners off her farm. The BBC reports Mugabe—whose husband was ousted from power in November—was "shocked to find approximately 400... More »

Book: Cecil the Lion's Death Marked by 'Incredible Cruelty'

Andrew Loveridge writes death was far from instantaneous

(Newser) - When Cecil the lion was killed in July 2015, animal lovers around the world mourned . Andrew Loveridge had a heightened reason to be distraught: The Oxford University researcher had spent eight years studying the animal in northwestern Zimbabwe, and he's now sharing what the Washington Post calls the "... More »

Zimbabwe Gives Land Back to White Farmer

He could be the first of many

(Newser) - A white Zimbabwean farmer evicted by gun-wielding police and a mob associated with the ruling party has returned to a hero's welcome, in a sign that new President Emmerson Mnangagwa is charting a path away from predecessor Robert Mugabe on an issue that had hastened the country's international... More »

Robert Mugabe Knew It Was Over: Mediator

Longtime dictator appeared relieved when he signed resignation letter, says priest

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe knew it was "the end of the road" days before he quit , and appeared relieved when he signed his resignation letter after 37 years in power, a Catholic priest who mediated his ouster said Sunday. Fidelis Mukonori, who has known Mugabe for decades,... More »

Stop Blaming Mugabe's Wife for Mugabe's Actions

Writer argues it's a simplistic, misogynistic narrative

(Newser) - A common narrative has emerged in the wake of Robert Mugabe's ouster in Zimbabwe: His undoing can be blamed on wife Grace's greedy grab for power. Actually, this narrative is being cast as a "tale of two wives," writes Zimbabwe-born novelist Panashe Chigumadzi in a Washington ... More »

Robert Mugabe Gets Immunity From Prosecution

The former Zimbabwe despot will also get a healthy retirement package

(Newser) - After ruling Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, Robert Mugabe will be able to live out the rest of his days free of the threat of prosecution. Military authorities, who put the former president under house arrest a little more than a week ago, have granted him immunity... More »

'The Crocodile' Will Replace World's Oldest Head of State

Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, recently fired VP Emmerson Mnangagwa will take his place

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says he is resigning immediately and voluntarily in order to have a "smooth transfer of power" after 37 years in charge. The news came via a letter that was read out to a cheering, dancing parliament, which had been pursuing impeachment of the 93-year-old... More »

He Was Set to Resign. Then Plans Changed

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe flipped the script; military appears to be leaning toward impeachment

(Newser) - Robert Mugabe, already known as the Energizer Bunny of southern African strongman leaders, stunned Zimbabwe Sunday by failing to deliver a widely expected resignation . Instead, the 93-year-old, speaking after his own ZANU-PF party fired him as leader, promised to preside over a party congress set for next month, Reuters reports.... More »

Report: Mugabe Resigning After 37 Years in Power

The 93-year-old Zimbabwe president had vowed to rule until his death

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is resigning after nearly four decades in power, according to an official close to the talks on his departure, the AP reports. The news came hours after the ruling party's Central Committee on Sunday fired Mugabe as party leader and said if he didn'... More »

Mugabe Booted as Party Chief, Wife Gets 'Forever' Ban

Embattled Zimbabwe leader is under pressure to resign

(Newser) - A Zimbabwe ruling party official confirms that the Central Committee has fired President Robert Mugabe as party leader and replaced him with the recently dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The emergency meeting also has recalled first lady Grace Mugabe as head of the women's league "forever." The... More »

Trump Applies the Brakes Day After Elephant Trophy News

'Will update soon with Secretary Zinke,' he tweets

(Newser) - President Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts." The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation from Zimbabwe and Zambia, arguing... More »

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 »

Mugabe Urged to Leave Peacefully

His next stop might be Singapore

(Newser) - Zimbabweans faced another day of uncertainty Thursday amid quiet talks to resolve the country's turmoil and the likely end of President Robert Mugabe's decades-long rule. Seizing on the political limbo, a range of voices urged Mugabe to step aside and for the country to transition into free and... More »

Trump to Reverse Obama's Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies

Move will allow hunters to import from Zimbabwe, Zambia

(Newser) - If you happened to shoot an elephant in Zimbabwe on or after Jan. 21, 2016, you'll be able to import its remains into the US, reports the Washington Post . This after confirmation from a Fish and Wildlife Service official that the Trump administration intends to once again allow the... More »

Zimbabwe First Lady May Have Caused Possible Coup

Grace Mugabe maybe overplayed her hand by ousting vice president last week

(Newser) - In a possible coup , the Zimbabwe military put the 93-year-old leader of the country, Robert Mugabe, under house arrest Wednesday, effectively ending his 37 years of control. The New York Times reports the apparent military takeover may have been the result of Mugabe's 52-year-old wife, Grace Mugabe, overplaying her... More »

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