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EU to observe Zimbabwe polls for first time in 16 years

EU to observe Zimbabwe polls for first time in 16 yearsThe European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe’s general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country. The EU and Zimbabwe’s government signed a memorandum on Monday outlining guidelines for election monitors. Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.



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Zimbabwe Couple Weds Days After Crocodile Bites Off Bride's Arm

Zimbabwe Couple Weds Days After Crocodile Bites Off Bride's ArmThe bride was still recovering after losing an arm



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China's Xi tells Zimbabwe president they should write "new chapter" in ties

China's Xi tells Zimbabwe president they should write "new chapter" in tiesChinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday told President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe that they should work towards a new chapter in ties, during the African leader’s first state visit to China since he seized power last year. Mnangagwa, who was sworn in as president in November after a de facto military coup ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, has vowed to rebuild his country’s ravaged economy and re-engage with the international community. China had considered Mugabe a “good friend” in a relationship dating back to its support for Zimbabwe’s independence war, but pointedly failed to support him when he was ousted.



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China's Xi joins Russia, Zimbabwe in global autocrat club

China's Xi joins Russia, Zimbabwe in global autocrat clubBEIJING (AP) — Recent history offers sobering lessons to China's Communist Party following its decision to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.



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Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South Africa

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South AfricaZimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, casting his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party into the unknown less than three months after the army ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai, who died in South Africa, was 65. The family communicated this to me,” MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.



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Helicopter with Zimbabwe opposition leader crashes, kills 5

Helicopter with Zimbabwe opposition leader crashes, kills 5RATON, N.M. (AP) — A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.



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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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