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American charged with subversion in Zimbabwe freed 'for now'

American charged with subversion in Zimbabwe freed 'for now'HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean court on Thursday freed "for now" an American woman charged with subversion for allegedly describing the former president on Twitter as a "sick man."



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Zimbabwe ex-leader Mugabe visits Singapore hospital – sources

Zimbabwe ex-leader Mugabe visits Singapore hospital - sourcesFormer Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe visited a hospital in Singapore this week apparently for medical checks, his first trip outside his country since he was ousted from office last month, sources in Singapore said on Thursday. Mugabe left Harare with his wife and aides on Monday evening, a Zimbabwe state security official said this week. Mugabe visited a private hospital in central Singapore on Wednesday with an entourage that included his security guards, the sources who were familiar with the visit told Reuters.



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Zimbabwe court postpones U.S. citizen's subversion case to January

Zimbabwe court postpones U.S. citizen's subversion case to JanuaryA Zimbabwean court has postponed to Jan. 4 the trial of a U.S. citizen accused of attempting to undermine the authority of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s government. Martha O’Donovan, 25, who is currently free on bail, denies the charges which center on a Twitter post the state says she wrote in October calling 93-year-old Mugabe a “selfish and sick man”. Mugabe resigned a few weeks later in the wake of a de facto military coup and was succeeded by Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe had sacked as his deputy only a week before.



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New regime in Zimbabwe hands back land to evicted white farmer

New regime in Zimbabwe hands back land to evicted white farmerThe Zimbabwe government is overseeing the return of a white farmer to land that was seized from him at gunpoint, in what it hailed as a sign of the new president's "inclusiveness". Rob Smart, 71, whooped with joy this week when he was told that he can return to his farm in eastern Zimbabwe – the only home he has ever known. He and his family, including his young grandchildren and many of their workers, were evicted at gunpoint from their farm in the east of the country nearly six months ago by several gangs loyal to former first lady Grace Mugabe. Former president Robert Mugabe, 93. was forced to resign last month after 37 years in power after a coup d’etat, in which he was succeeded by his former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa.  Mr Mugabe supported land invasions from 2000 which saw about 4,000 white farmers evicted, sometimes violently.  Mr Smart told Reuters that Mr Mnangagwa, personally oversaw his return after he heard about the case. “Apparently Mnangagwa saw that and flipped his lid,” Mr Smart said. One of those who engineered the invasion was Bishop Trevor Manhanga, who leads a church known as the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe. Profile | Emmerson Mnangagwa Mr Smart said the “Bishop” tried to prevent him from meeting ruling Zanu PF politicians loyal to Mr Mnangagwa, in Harare earlier in the week. Bishop Manhanga previously confirmed he had been “allocated” Mr Smart’s farm. He did not answer his phone on Thursday. Chris Mutsvangwa, an adviser to Mr Mnangagwa, said: “Land reform is over. Now we want inclusiveness. All citizens who had a claim to land by birthright, we want them to feel they belong and we want them to build a new country because this economy is shattered.”  “We were cheered when we told the people we were going home to our farm,” Mr Smart said. “We were very emotional. We have been warned our return may take a few days as police have to clear out those who took the farm. “We know our houses have been trashed and stuff like our fridge was taken, but that’s ok. We have to raise some money and we will plant potatoes as soon as we can.”



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President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in ZimbabweZimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed sweeping change at his swearing in on Friday, pledging to fight poverty and corruption after Robert Mugabe's shock resignation.



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Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe and serve all citizens

Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe and serve all citizensBy Emelia Sithole-Matarise HARARE (Reuters) – New President Emmerson Mnangagwa laid out a grand vision on Friday to revitalise Zimbabwe’s ravaged economy and vowed to rule on behalf of all the country’s citizens. Sworn in days after the overthrow of Robert Mugabe, the 75-year-old former security chief promised to guarantee the rights of foreign investors and to re-engage with the West, and said elections would go ahead next year as scheduled. In a 30-minute speech to tens of thousands of supporters in Harare’s national stadium, Mnangagwa extended an olive branch to opponents, apparently aiming to bridge the ethnic and political divides exploited by his predecessor during his 37 years in charge.



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Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe and serve all citizens

Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabwe and serve all citizensBy Emelia Sithole-Matarise HARARE (Reuters) – New President Emmerson Mnangagwa laid out a grand vision on Friday to revitalise Zimbabwe’s ravaged economy and vowed to rule on behalf of all the country’s citizens. Sworn in days after the overthrow of Robert Mugabe, the 75-year-old former security chief promised to guarantee the rights of foreign investors and to re-engage with the West, and said elections would go ahead next year as scheduled. In a 30-minute speech to tens of thousands of supporters in Harare’s national stadium, Mnangagwa extended an olive branch to opponents, apparently aiming to bridge the ethnic and political divides exploited by his predecessor during his 37 years in charge.



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Zimbabwe prepares for swearing-in of new leader Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe prepares for swearing-in of new leader MnangagwaHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — As Zimbabwe prepares to swear in a new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, questions remain on the future of Robert Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, and the wife who just days ago was poised to succeed him.



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Zimbabwe prepares for swearing-in of new leader Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe prepares for swearing-in of new leader MnangagwaHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — As Zimbabwe prepares to swear in a new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, questions remain on the future of Robert Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, and the wife who just days ago was poised to succeed him.



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The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inauguration

The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inaugurationHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):



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