Facing would-be successors and widespread unpopularity, Robert Mugabe hopes to this week plot a path to victory at Zimbabwe's upcoming elections.
Zimbabwe will hold a crucial meeting to review a draft of a new constitution, a step toward elections meant to end the power-sharing government.
Analysts say Zimbabwe's forcing of foreign firms to hand over a 51% stake will scare away much-needed investment despite assurances to the contrary.
Robert Mugabe marked his 88th birthday with a trademark attack on gays and foreigners at a mass rally to celebrate the occasion.
They used to live on one of the richest diamond fields but now thousands of Zimbabweans await compensation after leaving for state-linked companies.
Zimbabwe could earn billions of dollars selling diamonds from an area scarred by abuse after a crisis that left the "blood diamond" watchdog tattered.
Foreign companies operating in Zimbabwe have until Sunday to hand in plans to sell majority stakes to local investors.
For the first time in years, a Christmas dinner will become an affordable treat for Zimbabweans -- at least for those with jobs.
Four years after her house was demolished in a blitz by Zimbabwe's government, Chipo Chama still lives in a grass thatched shack.
Robert Mugabe on Friday bemoaned the divisions "eating up" his party as he opened its first congress since losing its absolute grip on power.