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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 »

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 »

Tweet Could Send US Woman to Jail for 20 Years

NJ native Martha O'Donovan, 25, charged with subversion in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - An American woman living in Zimbabwe could face 20 years in prison for subversion over a tweet. According to prosecutors, New Jersey native Martha O'Donovan, 25, tweeted a photo last month of President Robert Mugabe next to a drawing of a catheter and a reference to him being "... More »

WHO Slammed for 'Laughable' Choice of Goodwill Ambassador

Robert Mugabe has wrecked his own country's health system

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has chosen a new "goodwill ambassador" whose human rights abuses have left him with very little goodwill internationally: Robert Mugabe. The 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe was chosen by new WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to help fight non-communicable diseases like strokes and asthma across Africa,... More »

Zimbabwe's First Lady Accused of Assaulting 20-Year-Old

Gabriella Engels claims Grace Mugabe beat her with an extension cord

(Newser) - The wife of Zimbabwe's president handed herself over to police in South Africa on Tuesday after being accused of assaulting a young woman Sunday night at an upscale Johannesburg hotel, South Africa's police minister said. Grace Mugabe was due to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, local news outlet... More »

Cecil the Lion's Son Meets Similar End

Xanda's death was 'all within the stipulated regulations'

(Newser) - The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of a Minnesota dentist caused international outrage in 2015. Now one of Cecil's offspring, 6-year-old Xanda, has been killed by a trophy hunter near the site of his father's demise, the Telegraph reports. The death of Xanda just outside... More »

Hunter Crushed to Death by Collapsing Elephant

South African Theunis Botha killed after encountering breeding herd

(Newser) - Theunis Botha has shot his last elephant. The South African big-game hunter was killed in Zimbabwe on Friday when the hunting party he was leading stumbled onto a herd of elephants that included calves and pregnant females, the Telegraph reports. Sources tell Netwerk24 that three female elephants charged the group... More »

Mugabe Aide Insists His Boss Isn't Sleeping in Meetings

Zimbabwe president's spokesperson says 93-year-old's eyes are sensitive to light

(Newser) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has become well-known for appearing to sleep through conferences and meetings, but his spokesperson insists the 93-year-old is not actually asleep when he's pictured in repose. "At 93, there is something that happens to the eyes and the president cannot suffer bright lights,"... More »

Mugabe's Wife Has Plans for Husband's Corpse to Lead

She says Mugabe, 92, should run for president even if he's dead

(Newser) - Dictators have a notoriously firm grasp on power, but this is ridiculous. The AP reports the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe—who turns 93 next week—says he should still run for president even if he dies before the next election. "If God decides to take him, then... More »

This Frog Hadn't Been Seen in the Wild Since 1962

'Cave squeaker' is found in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - The cave squeaker is back. Researchers in Zimbabwe say they have found a rare frog that hasn't been seen in decades, reports AP . The Artholeptis troglodytes, also known as the "cave squeaker" because of its preferred habitat, was discovered in 1962, but there were no reported sightings after... More »

Poachers Use Cyanide to Kill 5 Elephants

Officials suspect team of about 5 poachers

(Newser) - Zimbabwean officials say poachers killed five elephants by poisoning them with cyanide, the AP reports. Violet Makoto, spokeswoman for Zimbabwe's forestry commission, said Monday that rangers discovered the carcasses of the elephants with their tusks removed in a western forest last week. Makoto says the poison was laced on... More »

Body, Cash Found on US Jet Impounded in Zimbabwe

Apparent stowaway's arm severed, blood spattered across fuselage

(Newser) - Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a US-registered cargo jet, a senior official said Monday, after a body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board Sunday. The Herald, a state-run newspaper, reported that the MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South Africa... More »

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