This year's holiday spirit seems to have been dimmed in Zimbabwe by its worsening economic situation marked by company closures and job losses.
Bullying of rights activists continues in Zimbabwe despite the country's new Constitution, which enshrines democratic rights, says a rights watchdog.
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he is poised to sweep to victory in upcoming presidential elections.
Robert Mugabe, celebrating his 89th birthday, has said he will defeat his opponents in elections this year and remain in power for another five years.
About $2-billion worth of diamonds have been stolen from Zimbabwe's eastern diamond fields and have enriched President Robert Mugabe's ruling circle.
Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has warned Impala Platinum he will take the mine over if it doesn't comply with Zimbabwe's BEE laws.
The European Union said on Friday it has removed 51 loyalists of Zimbabwe's president from a list of people facing travel and banking bans.
Poor farmers across Africa can see clear signs of the impact of climate change, with the continent already struggling to feed itself.
Zimbabwe's mining minister vowed that the country "will no longer be begging" after the Kimberley Process approved sales of its Marange diamonds.
The head of the worldwide Anglican church on Monday met with President Robert Mugabe to speak about abuse the church experiences in Zimbabwe.