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DIAMONDS Probe: Parly says won’t embarrass frail Mugabe; will veteran leader turn up?

By Wendy Muperi ATTENTION will likely focus on Parliament this Wednesday with locals keen to see whether former President Robert Mugabe will answer summons regarding the looting of Marange diamonds. A legislative committee is probing the scandal and wants to hear from the nonagenarian after he sensationally claimed that the country was robbed of about

Former local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere

Kasukuwere returns home, questioned by State agents at airport

By Staff Reporter FORMER cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere returned home this Tuesday afternoon amid speculation he will seek to take over as leader of opposition National Patriotic Front (NPF) leadership after the party’s congress. Police immediately indicated that the former local government minister would be picked up for questioning. Kasukuwere, together with his wife, landed

UK Royal wedding: Bride’s father absent

LONDON: Meghan Markle confirmed Thursday that her father will not be present to walk her down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry, in a late announcement hinting at disarray behind Britain’s meticulously planned royal wedding. “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he

Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

By AFP Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at “behavioral signals.” The new approach looks at behavioral patterns of users in addition to the content of the tweets, allowing Twitter to find and mute online bullies and trolls. Even if the offending

Africa’s scientists encouraged to become the next Einstein

By Associated Press KIGALI: South African geneticist Vinet Coetzee held up a malaria-diagnosing scanner that she said can be developed for use in Africa’s rural areas without the need for blood samples or lab tests. “This can be rapid, affordable and non-invasive,” she said. “It can reduce health inequality and bring us one step closer

California judge rules that coffee requires cancer warning

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled. The culprit is a byproduct of the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny

Medical ethics: UK uses data from doctors to find migrants

By Associated Press LONDON: To track down people in Britain who may have broken immigration rules, the government is turning to a new and controversial source of information: doctors. Doctors who work with refugees and asylum-seekers have described the move as a major breach of medical ethics, saying it isn’t up to physicians to enforce

South African white woman gets prison for racist rant

JOHANNESBURG: A white woman in South Africa has been sentenced to prison for a racist rant against a black police officer who was trying to help her after a robbery.Vicki Momberg on Wednesday was given a three-year sentence, though one year was suspended on condition that she does not repeat the crime. The former real

Expert says GM foods safer than conventional

Zimbabwean farmers are still languishing in poverty despite being among the first African countries to experiment with Genetically Modified Foods which have successfully been used in other countries, an agricultural expert said Thursday. The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Director for Commercialization, Donald Mavindidze, told reporters at an open field day in Harare that although

Guardiola democracy calls put focus on UAE ownership

By Rob Harris (AP) AS the coach whose tactics revolutionized soccer, Pep Guardiola has little regard for convention. So any notion that politics should be distinct from sports is alien to the Manchester City manager, who is incensed by the treatment of the Catalan independence movement. It’s why a yellow ribbon has been attached to

In patriarchal Japan, saying ‘Me Too’ can be risky for women

TOKYO: Japanese women who say “Me too” do so at their own risk. Online comments accused Rika Shiiki of lying and being a publicity hound when she tweeted that she lost business contracts after refusing to have sex with clients. Some said that by agreeing to dine with a man, she led him on. “The

Chinese condoms too small for Zimbabwean men – health minister

HEALTH minister David Parirenyatwa has challenged local companies to consider manufacturing condoms, saying imported options aren’t quite up to task. The minister was speaking at the recent launch of a new board for the Zimbabwe Private Sector HIV and Aids Wellness Coordinating Programme (ZPSHAWP) in Harare. Condoms are a type of contraception that can both

Buckingham Palace Dinner: When Mugabe prayed for Muzenda to pick right fork

By Chris Bishop  THERE are few words that can capture the inside of an African bar; that mix of noise, laughter, danger with the whiff of stale beer and the stench of smoke; the clatter of metal tables and chairs; a place where beer flows and tongues loosen faster than the frames of the fading pictures

Khupe must shut up! She repeatedly violated party constitution when it suited her – says ex-MDC-T MP

MDC-T vice president Thokhozani Khuphe cannot suddenly demand adherence to the party’s constitution, having repeatedly and wantonly violated the chatter when it suited her, former Mzilikazi senator Matson Hlalo has said. Khuphe is accusing leadership rival Nelson Chamisa of violating the MDC-T’s constitution as the country’s biggest opposition party is buffeted by deepening division following

New Samsung phone: Nicer camera, static design, higher price

NEW YORK: Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers, particularly Apple, have

Ex-players tackle dementia in football-mad Spain

Eight senior citizens huddled around a table stare at a photo of a young Diego Maradona in a red and blue FC Barcelona jersey projected onto a screen at a Madrid retirement home. Former Atletico Madrid defender Roberto Solozabal, a member of Spain’s gold medal football squad at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and ex-Valladolid

Leaders lack ability to tell when it is time to go

The late national poet laureate, Keorapetse Kgositsile, once warned me about people who profess adherence to African culture to justify patriarchy. He was speaking out against how we, men, can use culture or religion to suppress women. The removal of President Jacob Zuma from office, emphasised the price we Africans pay for thinking in platitudes.

Michelle Obama to release memoir in November

NEW YORK: Michelle Obama’s memoir, one of the most highly anticipated books in recent years, is coming out Nov. 13. The former first lady tweeted Sunday that the book, to come out a week after the 2018 midterm elections, is called “Becoming.” By Sunday night, her memoir was in the top 20 on “Writing

MDC-T Harvest House renamed after late Tsvangirai

THE MDC-T’s headquarters, Harvest House, situated at Number 44 Nelson Mandela Avenue in Harare, will be renamed after the late party leader, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, in honour of his work in the fight for democracy and his astute leadership. Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer in a South African hospital on February 14, was buried