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Zim strike stalls after govt threats

Fear crippled a national strike called by Zimbabwe unions on Tuesday as workers, companies and shops heeded government warnings to continue with business in an economy verging on collapse. The government says the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions called the strike as part of a plot by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change to oust it.

Zim opposition leader arrested

Zimbabwe riot police arrested the country's top opposition leader on Sunday as they suppressed a planned prayer rally in a crackdown on protests against President Robert Mugabe. Witnesses said heavily armed police fought skirmishes with rock-throwing opposition supporters in the Harare township of Highfield.

Zim police bar opposition prayer rally

Armed Zimbabwe riot police sealed off a stadium on Sunday to block an opposition prayer meeting that officials have banned, calling it a political protest against President Robert Mugabe. Teams of police officers, many of them armed with shotguns and tear-gas canisters, patrolled around the stadium in the Harare township of Highfield.

Clouds gather ahead of Mugabe’s birthday

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe turns 83 on Wednesday, fit for his age and combative in the face of a crumbling economy, social unrest and a looming battle over who will succeed him. Mugabe will celebrate his birthday with a huge party on Saturday. But gathering clouds risk overshadowing the festivities.

Riot police patrol restive Zim township

Zimbabwean riot police patrolled a restive Harare township on Monday to stop possible unrest, a day after crushing an opposition rally amid fears of a new street campaign against President Robert Mugabe. Tension has been rising in recent months over Zimbabwe's deteriorating economy and skyrocketing cost of living.

Mugabe urged to sell state firms to help economy

President Robert Mugabe's government should immediately sell more than a dozen state firms to help raise money for the embattled economy, Zimbabwe's central bank governer said on Wednesday. The privatisation of loss-making state firms would yield up to -billion this year, easing a foreign-currency crunch, Gideon Gono said in a monetary policy statement.

Zim opposition urges action to end Mugabe rule

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Wednesday his movement will mobilise supporters to block President Robert Mugabe's plan to extend his rule by two years to 2010. Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party last month approved a plan to move presidential polls from 2008 to 2010 so they can be held at the same time as parliamentary elections.

Zambia’s ‘weeping president’ sings to fight Aids

A haunting tune plays from a radio at a crowded flea market behind Zambia's main business district, accompanied by a baritone voice urging Africa to rise up against Aids. ''That's KK, it's very nice, very moving,'' a trader says of the song released by Zambia's former president Kenneth Kaunda.

Zim budget unlikely to ease economic crisis

Zimbabwe's embattled government will present its annual budget this week with a traditional prayer for salvation, but analysts say the plan is unlikely to ease a crisis savaging the economy. Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa will unveil the 2007 budget in Parliament on Thursday for an economy that has shrunk 40% in the last six years.

Zim says China bids $3bn for steel-firm stake

A Chinese company has offered -billion for a 60% stake in Zimbabwe's struggling state-owned steel firm, according to a report in the government-run Herald newspaper on Monday. The move would be Beijing's biggest investment yet in the crisis-hit Southern African country.

Mugabe is obstacle to change, says Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday welcomed an initiative by churches to help end the country's political and economic crisis, but charged President Robert Mugabe is in denial and an obstacle to change. Mugabe has rejected recent calls made by leaders of Zimbabwe's major churches for a new Constitution.

IMF mission in Zimbabwe, but has no promise of aid

An IMF delegation is visiting Zimbabwe to help improve relations with President Robert Mugabe's government, but officials say the fund has not offered any aid to the country's crumbling economy. The Southern African country is now in its eighth year of recession, marked by the world's highest inflation and chronic shortages of fuel, food and foreign currency.

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