Amazon fires: Brazil sends army to help tackle blazes

BBC Brazil’s president has ordered the armed forces to fight record forest fires in the Amazon, amid international outrage over rising deforestation. President Jair Bolsonaro deployed soldiers in nature reserves, indigenous lands, and border areas beset by fires. The move is an apparent reversal from Mr Bolsonaro, who has been accused of emboldening miners and

Tear gas fired as Hong Kong police, protesters clash

BBC Hong Kong riot cops fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles on Saturday, as a standoff in a working-class neighbourhood descended into violence, breaking an uneasy peace that had lasted several days. Earlier thousands of demonstrators, many wearing hard hats and gas masks, marched

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Mnangagwa ‘rival suitor’ dies

By Staff Reporter VETERAN broadcaster Godfrey Majonga (pictured below), once linked to a torture ordeal in the hands of the now President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has died. The death of the former Zimbabwe Media Commission chair was announced Tuesday by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services which tweeted on his death. “We have learnt

SA: Toy gun used to rob pizza from delivery motorcyclist

News24 Johannesburg police have recovered empty pizza boxes and a hijacked delivery motorcycle, as well as the weapon that two men allegedly used to commit the crime. A 42-year-old driver for Debonairs Pizza was waiting at a traffic light on the corner of Mooi and Fox streets in Johannesburg when he was approached by two

An unidentified woman crying after being beaten up by police

FOILED DEMO: Police, Presidential Guard beat up, teargas protestors

By Leopold Munhende ARMED Presidential Guard and police’s para-military Support Unit had to fire teargas into a swelling crowd of protestors outside President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Munhumutapa offices, Friday afternoon. Even after a police ban on the MDC planned march Friday, some brave hordes of protestors managed to march from the iconic Africa Unity Square in

Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga

Police defy Mnangagwa, ban MDC demo

By Staff Reporter POLICE have banned the planned demonstration by the MDC which was set for this Friday, defying President Emmerson Mnangagwa who gave the nod for the opposition to proceed with its protest. The MDC had called for the demonstration to register its growing disgruntlement over the fast deteriorating economic situation in the country

Jestina Mukoko

Top rights group slates renewed abductions, calls for UN intervention

By Thandiwe Garusa A TOP rights group has come out in full condemnation of the reemergence of abductions on rights defenders and opposition activists by suspected State agents. Addressing the media on Thursday, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO forum also called on the United Nations and African regional blocs to condemn the excesses. Zimbabwe has

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Mnangagwa urges peace ahead of MDC demo

Xinhua Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday implored citizens to remain peaceful and shun violence, amid calls by the opposition MDC for mass demonstrations on Friday. Mnangagwa said in a tweet that he was reiterating his calls to all opposition leaders that he remained open to dialogue. The MDC said the proposed nationwide demonstrations are

Protests highlight failure of post-Mugabe leadership to reform Zimbabwe

Washington Times It has been nearly two years since ailing President Robert Mugabe was driven from power, but the problems he bequeathed to Zimbabwe over 37 years of autocratic rule and economic mismanagement are proving harder to eradicate. The United Nations office in Harare this month launched an appeal for more than $300 million in

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Mutsvangwa: MDC demo to cause more suffering among Zimbabweans

By Leopold Munhende GOVERNMENT has warned participating in the MDC’s planned Friday demonstration against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration will serve to lengthen Zimbabweans’ suffering. At a post-cabinet media briefing Wednesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa urged locals to shun the protest, dubbed “Free Zimbabwe March”. “In the light of planned demonstrations by the opposition MDC Alliance,

Zim doctors give govt three-week ultimatum to address wage demands

By Costa Nkomo ZIMBABWEAN doctors have given their employer a three-week grace period to address their salary grievances short of which they will withdraw their labour. This they said through a press statement Wednesday by their umbrella Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA). In its demands addressed to the chairperson of the Health Services Board (HSB)

Tanzania: 75 dead in fuel tanker explosion

BusinessLive The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania rose to 75 on Monday as four more people succumbed to their injuries, a hospital official said. “We deplore four new deaths. Their bodies are currently resting at the morgue while we wait for relatives to identify them,” said Aminiel Aligaesha, spokesperson for the

Bulawayo Town Clerk Christopher Dube

Bulawayo Mayor, Deputy apologise to residents

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO City Council Mayor Solomon Mguni and his deputy Tinashe Kambarami have apologised to the residents and other stakeholders in the country’s second largest urban settlement following the recent political disturbances. Last month, Bulawayo City Council Town Clerk Christopher Dube was suspended by Kambarami who was then acting Mayor over corruption allegations.

MDC vice president Tendai Biti

Sparks fly in Parly over supplementary budget debate

By Costa Nkomo OUTSPOKEN Norton Independent legislator, Temba Mliswa, Thursday caused a stir in the National Assembly during the supplementary budget debate describing the Bill Committee chairperson Martin Khumalo a dictator. The wrangle started when Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi demanded an apology from Mliswa who had heckled him as he responded to Harare East MP,

In happier times Olinda and Tytan

Tytan, Olinda in messy break-up

By Paidashe Mandivengerei AWARD winning musician and ‘Mukoko’ hitmaker, Njabulo Nkomo popularly known as Tytan has ended his marriage to socialite, Olinda Chapel claiming abuse. Tytan and Olinda tied the knot in March last year. Just after celebrating their wedding anniversary and welcoming their first child, the marriage has gone up in flames. In response

Facebook: WhatsApp and Instagram to rebrand

By Mirror Online SOCIAL media giant Facebook has confirmed that it will rename two of its most popular apps – WhatsApp and Instagram. Both of the social media platforms, which are used by millions of people worldwide, will soon include Facebook in their titles. Instagram will soon be called ‘Instagram from Facebook’ and WhatsApp will

Former President Robert Mugabe

Mugabe under observation in Singapore

By CNN Ex-Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is still under observation after a four-month stay in a Singapore hospital, Zimbabwe’s President has announced. Speculation about Mugabe’s health has swirled amid his visits to Singapore for treatment, but this is the first time the government has disclosed how long he’s spent at the hospital. Details of his

VP Constantino Chiwenga

Govt to fly VP Chiwenga close relatives to China

By Audience Mutema GOVERNMENT is in the process of flying unwell Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s close relatives to China to remain “within call of the VP” who is battling chronic ailment. This was said in a Tuesday statement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa while updating the nation about his deputy’s health condition. Chiwenga is in the