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UN's controversial pick: Robert Mugabeupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 15:01:00

Who did the United Nations pick to aid its World Tourism Organization? No, it's not Bono.

Miners trapped in Zimbabwean platinum mine, officials sayupdated: Tue May 22 2012 12:11:00

Workers trapped by a fire overnight in a platinum mine in southern Zimbabwe are being brought to the surface Tuesday, a statement from the mine's owners said.

Inside Zimbabwe's diamond industryupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 08:12:00

Marketplace Africa gets exclusive access to the controversial Marange diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe activists fined for watching Arab Spring videosupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 15:53:00

A judge fined six Zimbabwean human rights activists $500 each on Wednesday for watching footage of the Arab Spring protests and threatened to send them to prison for 10 months if they fail to pay up by Monday.

Zimbabwean PM responds to verdictupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 15:53:00

CNN's Zain Verjee talks to Zimbabwe's PM about the conviction of six people allegedly plotting to unseat Mugabe.

Sentencing delayed for 6 Zimbabweans convicted of watching Arab Spring videos updated: Tue Mar 20 2012 13:19:00

Sentencing has been delayed for six Zimbabweans convicted of conspiracy to commit public violence after they were caught watching footage of Arab Spring protests.

Zimbabweans guilty in Arab Spring caseupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 13:19:00

Two Zimbabweans describe the treatment they received after watching Arab Spring protest videos.

Zimbabweans found guilty of watching Arab Spring videosupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 19:00:00

Six Zimbabweans arrested last year for watching footage of the Arab Spring protests were found guilty Monday of conspiracy to commit public violence.

Inside the Marange diamond fieldupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 11:46:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow gets a rare look inside the controversial Marange diamond fields of Zimbabwe.

Is the Kimberley Process in crisis?updated: Tue Feb 14 2012 07:41:00

U.S. Chair of the Kimberley Process Gillian Milovanovic discusses KP's recent decision to allow Zimbabwe to sell diamonds.

Is 'blood diamond' definition about to change?updated: Tue Feb 14 2012 07:41:00

The newly-appointed U.S. chair of the international diamond watchdog has called for a review of what constitutes a "blood diamond."

Zambia's investment in infrastructureupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 05:58:00

CNN's Errol Barnett travels to visits Livingstone, Zambia where investment in infrastructure is aiming to boost tourism.

The forgotten story of Zambia's Jewish settlersupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 05:58:00

The city of Livingstone, in Zambia, is located just 10 kilometers from the spectacular Victoria Falls. Its proximity to the falls makes it a tourist destination, but it also boasts an almost-forgotten past as the home of one of the oldest Jewish settlements in Africa.

Zimbabwe public unions plan walkout over wagesupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 18:41:00

Civil servants in Zimbabwe plan a one-day strike Thursday to protest low wages even as the government says the public payroll is too high.

Tourist survives bungee cord breakupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 07:22:00

A tourist survives a fall after her bungee cord broke during a jump.

Victoria Falls ... without the bungee jumpingupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 07:22:00

Video of a tourist plunging into the Zambezi River after her bungee cord snapped on New Year's Eve is enough to make anyone think twice before leaping from the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Discovering the real Zambiaupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 08:43:00

Venturing out on my first assignment for "Inside Africa" in Zambia was an absolute privilege. My goal is to discover unexpected stories, meet the most interesting people and reveal something special about where I am. In Livingstone, Zambia -- heat aside -- this was easy.

Using political satire to spice up chicken salesupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 06:12:00

Creating a viral ad isn't as easy as grilling spicy chicken, but restaurant chain Nando's seems to have found the recipe for success.

Zimbabwe police retrieve 11 people drowned on Christmas dayupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 06:13:00

Police in Zimbabwe said Monday 11 people -- including five children -- drowned when their boat capsized in strong winds on Christmas day evening.

Deep divisions in Zimbabweupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 21:14:00

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is set to call for early elections. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.

Where are your diamonds from?updated: Mon Dec 05 2011 10:30:00

One of the founding members has pulled out of the process to guarantee the origin of diamonds. Robyn Curnow reports.

Campaign group pulls out of 'blood diamond' schemeupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 10:30:00

A major international environmental group is pulling out of the process to guarantee that diamonds do not come from conflict zones, saying the Kimberley Process had refused "to evolve and address the clear links between diamonds, violence and tyranny."

Zimbabwe foreign minister urges reform of U.N. Security Councilupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 06:31:00

Zimbabwe's foreign minister is calling for reform of the United Nations Security Council following the "extrajudicial" killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

3 women in Zimbabwe charged in series of sex attacks on menupdated: Sat Oct 15 2011 05:28:00

Police in Zimbabwe on Friday charged three women found in possession of 33 condoms containing semen with 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault in a case that may be a break in a string of sex attacks over the past two years by women targeting male hitchhikers.

Zimbabwean Anglicans dividedupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 15:52:00

The archbishop of Canterbury tries to heal rifts in the Anglican church of Zimbabwe, Nkepile Mabuse reports

Anglican archbishop meets Mugabe over persecution allegationsupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 15:52:00

Rowan Williams, the leader of the worldwide Anglican communion, sat down for a meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Williams' spokesman, David Brownlie-Marshall, said Monday.

700 companies face probe over Zimbabwe equity lawupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 11:33:00

The Zimbabwe government will probe about 700 foreign-owned companies that have missed a deadline to tell the government how they will transfer their majority equity to indigenous people, risking "serious consequences," that include cancellation or suspension of their operating licenses, a government body official said Tuesday.

Zimbabwe to enforce equity deadline on foreign firmsupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 21:09:00

Zimbabwe will decide Tuesday what action to take against foreign-owned companies that have missed a deadline to tell the government how they will transfer their majority equity to indigenous Zimbabweans, a senior government official has said.

What's next for Libya?updated: Tue Aug 30 2011 17:05:00

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen speaks with Mustafa Abdul Jalil about the Libyan conflict.

Zimbabwe boots Libyan ambassador who now backs rebelsupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 17:05:00

President Robert Mugabe's government on Tuesday said the Libyan ambassador to Zimbabwe must leave the country because he has switched his allegiance to the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council.

Mugabe ally dies in fire at farm in Zimbabweupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 08:29:00

Influential Zimbabwean general Solomon Mujuru has died in a fire, his body "burned beyond recognition," state radio reported Tuesday.

Hackers target Zimbabwe stock exchange siteupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 07:20:00

Computer hackers targeted the Zimbabwean stock exchange for the second time this week and used it as a phishing site, an official said Friday.

Zimbabwean woman wins top writing prize for tale of starving childrenupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 11:50:00

Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo has won the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story "Hitting Budapest."

Zimbabwean prosecutors drop treason charges against six activistsupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 21:41:00

Prosecutors in Zimbabwe dropped treason charges Monday against six activists accused of plotting an Egyptian-style uprising against President Robert Mugabe.

In Zimbabwe, not enough money for electionsupdated: Sun Jul 17 2011 11:16:00

Zimbabwe's electoral commission is not able to conduct the country's elections this year unless it gets a cash injection from the government, a state-owned weekly newspaper reported Sunday.

Zimbabwe police arrest journalists over 'false statements'updated: Wed Jun 29 2011 18:40:00

Zimbabwe police arrested Wednesday an editor, a reporter and executive of a weekly newspaper for writing "false statements" about an official's arrest, their lawyer has said.

Keeping it in the family: African migrants send home billionsupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 05:50:00

They might have left their countries to earn themselves a living abroad but for millions of Africans their paychecks also provide a lifeline for their families left behind.

Zimbabweans abroad provide earningsupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 05:50:00

While several million Zimbabweans live and work abroad, a good deal of their earnings are making their way back home.

Michelle Obama set to inspire new generation of women leadersupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 07:59:00

When Zimbabwean-born Brendah Nyakudya started raising funds to open nursery schools in South Africa's impoverished communities six years ago, she didn't expect that one day the project would secure her a spot at the most sought-after gathering of women on the continent.

Free speech on stage in Harareupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 06:15:00

Robyn Curnow discovers one of Zimbabwe's last bastions of free speech on stage in Harare.

Protest theater puts free speech center stageupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 06:15:00

In Zimbabwe, where speaking out on political issues can be risky, one theater troupe is refusing to tread the boards cautiously.

Zimbabwe's cassette cultureupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 06:24:00

CNN Marketplace Africa visits Harare, Zimbabwe where a dying cassette tape industry is receiving a new lease of life.

Pause and rewind: Zimbabwe's audio cassette boomupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 06:24:00

They might strike a nostalgic chord for music lovers with an ear for retro value but humble old cassette tapes are facing extinction in many parts of the world, left to wither in dusty closets in the era of MP3 players and digital downloads.

Buying art at the robotsupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 08:48:00

A group of Zimbabwe artists try and make a living at a busy intersection in Cape Town.

Haiti, Iraq show for first time at political Venice Biennaleupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 08:29:00

Some of the world's most troubled nations, including Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Iraq, are to take part in the prestigious Venice Biennale art exhibition from June 4.

Zimbabwe's parliament approves $98 million loan from Chinaupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 23:39:00

Zimbabwe's parliament has ratified a 20-year $98 million loan from China to build a defense college, despite objections from members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party that the poverty-stricken country should prioritize the spending in other ways.

Court orders release of alleged coup plotters in Zimbabweupdated: Tue May 24 2011 13:05:00

Zimbabwe's High Court ordered the immediate release Tuesday of six former army officers accused of plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe.

Can Africa avoid violence after disputed elections?updated: Tue May 17 2011 07:01:00

As current events in Ivory Coast highlight, elections are hardly the knock-out cure for countries dealing with deep social divisions and long histories of armed conflict. They just as often produce the sort of violent confrontation currently ensuing between the forces of deposed Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo and newly elected president, Alassane Ouattara. In such situations, international responses have also typically made things worse.

Election reform via Twitter in Nigeriaupdated: Tue May 17 2011 07:01:00

CNN's Christian Purefoy reports on a Twitter activist who's waging a get out the vote campaign in Nigeria.

Dispute settled, Zimbabwe returns to preparing constitutionupdated: Sat May 14 2011 15:14:00

Zimbabwe's efforts to write a new constitution resumed Saturday after the two parties now sharing power reached an agreement on how to weigh comments gathered from the public, officials said.

Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe will hold elections in 12 monthsupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 11:00:00

Zimbabwe's prime minister Thursday said the country will hold an election in "12 months" and he wants an outcome that can't be contested.

China's relationship with Zimbabweupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 06:44:00

A new relationship with China is helping - if only a bit - to improve Zimbabwe's economy. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse explains.

Zimbabwe: China's friend in need?updated: Tue Apr 26 2011 06:44:00

Shunned by Western investors, economically ravaged Zimbabwe has turned its sights to the East to improve its finances.

CNNMoney: Rivals go after Go Daddyupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 15:19:00

Small web hosting firms are trying to poach customers from industry leader Go Daddy, which continues to suffer fallout after its CEO posted a video showing him killing an African elephant.

Government takeover of companies in Zimbabwe to proceed, Mugabe saysupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 02:02:00

President Robert Mugabe said Thursday that Zimbabwe will go ahead with the takeover of foreign-owned companies, a scheme that has rattled investors, and warned Western countries to stop interfering in his country's affairs.

Protesters clash with police in Zimbabweupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 11:46:00

Thousands of protesters demonstrating against the escalating violence in Zimbabwe were met with tear gas and batons near the capital on Saturday, as the rift within the African nation's "unity government" continued to widen.

Steering to economic stabilityupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 05:47:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow asks Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti how he is steering the country onto a path of economic stability.

Zimbabwe open for business, says finance ministerupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 05:47:00

International investors looking to tap into Zimbabwe's economy should not be deterred by its political problems, the country's finance minister has said.

Dilshan heroics help put Sri Lanka in World Cup quarterfinalsupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 14:19:00

Co-hosts Sri Lanka became the first team to book a quarterfinal place at the Cricket World Cup after demolishing Zimbabwe by 139 runs on Thursday thanks to a superb all-round performance from Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Libya can still count on a few alliesupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 12:39:00

Despite facing intense pressure from parts of the international community to relinquish power, the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi can still count on the continued support of some prominent world leaders, say analysts.

Zimbabwe's planned 'wealth fund' to target mines, minister saysupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 08:03:00

Zimbabwean officials have said the government will create a fund that will take control of 51% of the country's mines to finance development.

6 activists to face treason charges in Zimbabweupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 09:29:00

A court in Zimbabwe ruled Monday that six of 45 political and civil society activists arrested last month on charges of plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe in a Tunisian-Egyptian style uprising face a trial on treason charges and could be executed if convicted.

Washington concerned over torture allegations in Zimbabweupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 09:50:00

The United States expressed concern Thursday about recent arrests in Zimbabwe of political and civil society activists and allegations by their lawyer that some of them were tortured.

Silent streets after apparent protest plans in Zimbabweupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 22:49:00

For the group calling itself FreeZimActivists it is back to the drawing board after its planned protest against President Robert Mugabe's rule in the style of Egypt and Tunisia flopped in Zimbabwe.

Defense attorney: Jailed Zimbabwe activists beaten by authoritiesupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 15:13:00

Political activists and union members arrested in Zimbabwe last week and accused of plotting an Egyptian-style uprising against longtime President Robert Mugabe were beaten by state security agents, their attorney said Thursday.

Zimbabwe activists charged with treasonupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 14:56:00

Dozens of political activists and union members rounded up in Zimbabwe last week faced a possible death sentence as prosecutors Wednesday accused them of plotting an Egyptian-style uprising against longtime President Robert Mugabe.

46 arrested for plotting Egyptian-style coup in Zimbabweupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 17:21:00

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested dozens of political activists and trade union members for allegedly plotting an Egyptian-style uprising in the southern African country.

Australia begin World Cup defence with convincing win over Zimbabweupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 14:37:00

Australia got their quest for a fourth-straight World Cup crown off to a solid start with a comfortable 91-run win over Zimbabwe in their opening game of the tournament.

China: West has no right to punish Zimbabweupdated: Sat Feb 12 2011 06:52:00

China's foreign minister pushed Friday for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying no country has a right to dictate the internal affairs of another nation, state-run media reported.

Zimbabwe AG probing Tsvangirai over WikiLeaks disclosuresupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 13:19:00

The attorney general in Zimbabwe has set up a team of lawyers to investigate whether Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai can be charged with treason or conspiracy related to revelations by the website WikiLeaks.

Zimbabweans scramble for South African visasupdated: Tue Dec 28 2010 09:00:00

Zimbabwean immigrants living in South Africa have just a few days left to apply for visas that would allow them to stay in the country legally.

Deadline for Zimbabweans in South Africaupdated: Tue Dec 28 2010 09:00:00

Zimbabweans living in South Africa have until the end of the year to get work and study permits, Nkepile Mabuse reports

Zimbabwe elections likely to be delayedupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 14:29:00

The United States and other western powers appealed to Zimbabwe's tenuous power-sharing government to ensure a fair and free presidential vote, but officials said an election would not take place anytime soon.

Zimbabwe's president threatens 'revenge' against Western companiesupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 16:32:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe threatened Friday to seize all Western-owned investments in the country unless their governments remove targeted sanctions imposed on him and his senior ZANU-PF party members.

Zimbabwe's first lady sues over WikiLeaks reportupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 14:55:00

The wife of Zimbabwe's president has sued a Zimbabwean newspaper for $15 million following its publication of allegations that she was linked to and profited from illegal diamond sales in the southern African country.

WikiLeaks release dangerous?updated: Mon Nov 29 2010 19:40:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks with U.S. Admiral Mike Mullen about the ramifications of another WikiLeaks docs release.

WikiLeaks: U.S. ambassador on Mugabe, 'The End is Nigh'updated: Mon Nov 29 2010 19:40:00

More than three years ago, the outgoing U.S. ambassador in Zimbabwe, Christopher W. Dell, wrote a valedictory note about the government of President Robert Mugabe. It was titled simply "The End is Nigh."

People.com: Is Prince Harry Dating a Rock Star?updated: Tue Oct 19 2010 14:36:00

Norwegian singer Camilla Romestrand fronts a U.K.-based band called Eddie The Gun

S. African envoys seek to rescue shaky Zimbabwe power-sharing dealupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 03:53:00

South African President Jacob Zuma has sent a delegation to neighboring Zimbabwe to rescue what appears to be a cracking power-sharing government formed last year by President Robert Mugabe and his former political foe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zimbabwe prime minister rejects president's appointeesupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 15:42:00

Zimbabwe's prime minister said Thursday he will not recognize President Robert Mugabe's appointments for attorney general and other positions, setting off a potential constitutional crisis.

Tsvangirai asks international help in Zimbabwe 'constitutional crisis'updated: Tue Oct 12 2010 14:33:00

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has made an international appeal to solve Zimbabwe's "constitutional crisis" following President Robert Mugabe's unilateral appointment of some senior government officials, his party said Tuesday.

Tsvangirai: 'Zimbabwe's conflict will end with credible election'updated: Fri Sep 24 2010 07:02:00

Zimbabwe's long-standing political conflict will not be resolved unless a fair election takes place, says Morgan Tsvangirai, the country's prime minister.

Face time with Morgan Tsvangiraiupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 07:02:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow asks Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai if Zimbabwe is a safe bet for investment.

Zimbabwe drops charges against members of medical teamupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 05:34:00

Zimbabwe's government has dropped charges against six health workers accused of dispersing AIDS/HIV drugs without appropriate documentation.

Detained U.S. medical team released on bail by Zimbabwe judgeupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 13:09:00

Six medical workers, including four Americans, appeared in court in Zimbabwe on Monday, accused of dispensing AIDS medication without a license, their lawyer told CNN.

Church: American medical team hopes to be released in Zimbabweupdated: Sun Sep 12 2010 22:43:00

Five Americans -- two of them doctors -- who treat AIDS patients are expected to appear Monday before a magistrate in Harare, Zimbabwe, on allegations of operating an unlicensed clinic and dispensing medicines without a pharmacist's supervision.

Blood, sweat and treasonupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 05:21:00

Cricketer Henry Olonga tells CNN's Kate Giles about his protests in Zimbabwe and how life was in Zimbabwe.

Henry Olonga, Zimbabwe's cricketing rebelupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 05:21:00

He's the youngest ever cricketer to represent Zimbabwe at international level. He's also the first black cricketer to play for his country. But Henry Olonga's place in history does not rest solely on the brilliance of his bowling.

Zimbabwe launches 'humane' diamonds saleupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 04:37:00

Zimbabwe launched its first multi-million dollar diamond sale this week since obtaining certification last month that the nation's precious stones are harvested humanely and are not "blood diamonds."

Zimbabwe won't prosecute those behind 2008 violenceupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 11:41:00

Zimbabwe's president on Monday ruled out prosecuting those behind the 2008 violence and killings that engulfed the country and accounted for about 200 deaths.

Zimbabwe plane incident was drillupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 08:27:00

An incident originally reported as a plane accident Thursday at the Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe was a drill, British and Zimbabwean officials said.

New Zimbabwe newspapersupdated: Sat May 29 2010 00:48:00

Zimbabwean journalist Trevor Ncube explains to CNN's Becky Anderson what new newspapers in Zimbabwe would mean.

New newspapers to launch in Zimbabweupdated: Sat May 29 2010 00:48:00

Free speech activists in Zimbabwe are celebrating a breakthrough for press freedom with the unity government's decision to award licenses to four new daily newspapers.

Mugabe urges peace as Zimbabwe turns 30updated: Mon Apr 19 2010 05:43:00

President Robert Mugabe denounced violence and urged Zimbabweans to focus on rebuilding the country in a speech that marked the nation's 30 years of independence from Britain.

S. African leader looks to save Zimbabwe's unity governmentupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 07:35:00

South African President Jacob Zuma is traveling to Zimbabwe on Tuesday to try to save that country's beleaguered unity government.

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