33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

AFP A suspected arson attack at an animation production company in Japan killed 33 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, after a man reportedly doused the building with flammable liquid and shouted “drop dead.” A motive for the apparent attack remained unclear hours after the blaze. If arson is confirmed, the attack will be

WHO declares DRC Ebola outbreak a ‘global health emergency’

The New York Times The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a global health emergency, The New York Times reported. The declaration, made by a panel of experts, follows news this week that the deadly infectious disease had spread to Goma, the

Ebola victim ‘may have carried virus into Rwanda’

BBC A woman who died this month of Ebola may have carried the disease into Rwanda, Reuters news agency quotes the World Health Organization as saying. Rwanda has never had a recorded case of Ebola. The Congolese woman was a fishmonger who vomited multiple times at a market in Uganda on 11 July, a few

Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Govt to cede 70% ownership to Russia’s Aldrosa in diamonds deal

By Leopold Munhende RUSSIAN Diamond exploration and mining giant Alrosa will have 70% stake in its joint venture with state-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) in Manicaland with a provision set for possible expansion ‘in the territory of the whole country,’ according to their agreement. Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa revealed that although efforts will be

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Zanu PF youths in mine grab storm

By Bulawayo Correspondent SIX women chrome miners from Marishongwe area in Shurugwi have pleaded with government to help them recover their mining claims from which they were removed to pave way for Zanu PF youths. This, they said, during a Women in Mining Conference held Wednesday in Bulawayo on the side-lines of the Mine Entra.

Govt hospital sued US$15 000 over assault by psychiatric patient

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE High Court has ordered government run Harare Central Hospital to pay one Tatenda Majuru a sum of US$15 000 for damages arising from an assault committed by a psychiatric patient in January. She had initially claimed US$100 000, broken down as US$25 000 for emotional trauma, US$25 000 for psychological trauma

VID sued for selling cop’s impounded vehicle

By Mary Taruvinga THE Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) is being sued for $350 000 after it impounded and later sold a vehicle belonging to a police officer who is stationed at the Harare High Court police post. Philip Peter Hazangwi has approached the High Court seeking its intervention after he lost his car he claims

Minister Cain Mathema

Minister grilled over passport crisis, denies document printed by Nikuv

By Anna Chibamu NORTON legislator Temba Mliswa and fellow opposition legislators Wednesday took Home Affairs Minister Cain Mathema to task on why government was making citizens’ lives unbearable through failure to produce passports. During parliament’s question and answer session, MPs took turns to demand answers on why government failures have sunk to levels where it

Auxillia Mnangagwa

Vic Falls school gets first innovation hub

By Matabeleland North Correspondent Victoria Falls Primary School in the resort town on Tuesday witnessed the opening of an innovation hub, an information technology lab equipped with TV screens and Ipads for use by teachers and learners during lessons. The solar powered innovation hub is a partnership by Love for Africa, which is a tour

Energy Minister Fortune Chasi

Zesa to increase tariffs as power crisis continues

By Audience Mutema GOVERNMENT has given the green light to power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) to increase its tariffs in the wake of crippling power outages brought by low generating capacity at Kariba coupled with lack of foreign currency to import more power. This was revealed by Energy Minister Fortune Chasi in parliament

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa

Chamisa summons Bulawayo councillors to Harare as Mayor, T/C tiff ignites tribal storm

By Leopold Munhende MDC President Nelson Chamisa has summoned to Harare, all Bulawayo City councillors following a tribal storm torched by the recent suspension of Town Clerk Christopher Dube by Deputy Mayor Tinashe Kambarami. This was revealed by party spokesperson Daniel Molokele during a news conference in Harare on Wednesday. “Tomorrow (Thursday) all the councillors

Under siege...Marry Chiwenga

Ex-football star claims $700k from Mary Chiwenga, says ex-wife cheated way out of marriage

By Mary Taruvinga EX-ZIMBABWE football international footballer, Shingayi Kawondera and first husband to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s wife, Marry, has come out of his shell, confronting his ex-wife with a US$700 000 claim for allegedly cheating her way out of the couple’s marriage. Kawondera has sensationally claimed he never consented to divorce with the former

Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu makes history as Israel’s longest-serving leader

Associated Press Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, he is solidifying his place as the country’s greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation. He has persevered through scandals, crises and conflicts, winning election after election even as the country grows more bitterly polarized. His supporters credit him

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US House votes to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’

AFP The US House of Representatives formally condemned Donald Trump on Tuesday for xenophobic attacks on four minority Democratic lawmakers and hostile language targeting immigrants, as the president denied accusations of racism. Top Republican leaders rallied around Trump, but four members of the president’s party voted with the 235 Democrats to condemn him for “racist

Sudan military and civilians sign deal to end deadly turmoil

BBC Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition leaders have signed a power-sharing accord after all-night talks. It is a “historic moment” for the country, the deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, is quoted as saying by AFP news agency. Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar

Murder over woman in Mat North

Man fatally stabs girlfriend’s husband

By Matabeleland North Correspondent A man from Nkayi has been arrested for allegedly stabbing to death his girlfriend’s former husband who had confronted him for destroying his marriage. Vusumuzi Nkomo, aged 26, allegedly drew a knife and stabbed 23-year-old Mbonisi Nkomo of Tshanke area under Chief Tshugulu on Sunday when the two met along a

Independent Norton MP Temba Mliswa

Right to recall: MPs to move motion against controversial provision

By Robert Tapfumaneyi OUTSPOKEN legislators, Temba Mliswa (Independent) and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) will this week move a motion to repeal a section of the law that gives parties the right to recall Members of Parliament once they are deemed to have “rebelled” against their leadership. Former Cabinet Minister Misihairabwi-Mushonga, speaking on hers and Mliswa’s behalf,

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MDC lashes out at Bulawayo tribal attacks on Councillors

By Bulawayo Correspondent AN ethnically inspired attack of five local Councillors in Bulawayo last week has brought the MDC fighting with the opposition party’s provincial women’s assembly demanding an end. Five MDC Councillors were reportedly attacked by the hooligans last week. Bulawayo Deputy Mayor Tinashe Kambarami’s attempt to suspend Dube on charges of incompetence and

Deployment of non-Ndebele speaking teachers in Ndebele areas rile rural Councillors

By Staff Reporter THE deployment of non-Ndebele speaking teachers in rural areas where Ndebele is the main language has riled some councillors in Zibagwe Rural District Council (ZRDC) who are now demanding government to act on the issue. According to some of the Councillors, the zero percent pass-rate in some areas like Silobela can be