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Mugabe urged to end church row

The sofas looked cosy, but the conversation wasn’t: the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday asked president Robert Mugabe to end the persecution of Anglicans in Zimbabwe, where a renegade bishop has locked thousands of congregants out of their churches and forced them to worship under trees.

Jane Fields: Hard lessons of Mugabe’s clearances

AMNESTY International’s latest report on the lack of education in Zimbabwe’s slum areas makes depressing reading but it shouldn’t detract from the determination of many teachers and parents to give children a chance to learn in the grimmest of circumstances.

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Archbishop’s ‘plea for peace’ in Zimbabwe

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams yesterday criticised the government of Robert Mugabe and urged Anglicans not to retaliate against attacks on the church in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean airline bookings suspended

The world aviation control body has suspended Zimbabwe's debt-ridden national airline from international financial and flight booking services.

Robert Mugabe in U-turn on early election

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been forced to back down on plans to hold elections before a new charter is adopted.

Elephant on the menu for Zimbabwe's hungry cons

Cash-strapped prison chiefs in Zimbabwe have come up with an innovative plan to provide meat to thousands of hungry inmates - feed them elephants.

Mugabe plans like 'looting'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's main rival has denounced his plans to nationalise foreign-owned firms as "looting and plunder" by a greedy elite.

Zimbabwe: President 'won't buckle' to regional mediators' demands

ZIMBABWE'S president says he won't buckle to regional mediators' demands to end a stand-off in the troubled power-sharing coalition.

Tsvangirai ally wins re-election as speaker

An ally of Zimbabwean prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai was re-elected speaker of parliament yesterday in a bitter battle against president Robert Mugabe's party.

Church calls for end to violence

Church leaders in Zimbabwe have called for an end to escalating political violence and the "hate language" fuelling it as elections approach and the nation slides deeper into a political crisis.

Distribution of food stalls as Zimbabwe grain board lacks cash

Two-thirds of Zimbabwe's provinces face severe food shortages, the agriculture minister warned yesterday, adding hunger to a potentially lethal cocktail of poverty and mounting political violence.

MPs arrested in bid to 'cripple' party ahead of crucial vote

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested two more MPs from Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote for a new speaker.

Arrest of Tsvangirai ally threatens fragile Zimbabwe coalition

PRIME minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he wanted a divorce from Zimbabwe's power-sharing government yesterday after police detectives arrested one of his leading allies.

Mugabe trip fuels new health fears

ROBERT Mugabe, Zimbabwe's leader for the past 30 years, has flown to Singapore for a medical check, his fourth visit there this year, his spokesman revealed yesterday.

Mugabe vows to take over foreign firms

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe yesterday threatened a state-backed takeover of foreign firms and a boycott of products in retaliation for western sanctions against him and his Zanu-PF party.

Election row jeopardises unity government as celebrations held for Mugabe's 87th birthday

ZIMBABWEAN president Robert Mugabe, who recently turned 87, has shown he is as politically determined as ever by threatening to pull out of a process to draft a new constitution.

10,000 gather for Robert Mugabe's birthday

Up TO 10,000 Zimbabweans were flocking to Robert Mugabe's 87th birthday party in Harare today - and his supporters have been falling over each other to flatter him.

Iran turns to Harare for uranium to fuel its nuclear ambitions, secret report finds

Iran is expanding its covert global search for the uranium it needs for its nuclear activities and a key focus is Zimbabwe, according to a leaked intelligence report.

A crisis of his own making

ZIMBABWEAN president Robert Mugabe was forced into a power-sharing government with prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change two years ago, and is pressing for fresh elections.

Zimbabwe: Charges of treason for 45 viewing TV unrest

Treason charges facing 45 Zimbabweans arrested for watching DVDs and videos of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia were last night condemned as "outrageous" by human rights campaigners, who demanded they be freed immediately.

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