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Military takes to streets in Zimbabwe but denies coup

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Military vehicles took to the streets of the Zimbabwean capital and prolonged gunfire was heard near the presidential residence early Wednesday as questions mounted over Robert Mugabe’s grip on power, even as the army denied a coup in a state broadcast. Tensions between the 93-year-old …

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Zimbabwe army says troop movement not a coup

Zimbabwe military deny takeover in state TV address Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwean military officers read an address live on state TV in the early hours of Wednesday, saying they were not launching a coup but were “targeting criminals around” President Robert Mugabe. “It is not a military takeover …

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ZIMBABWE: Chiwenga action is treason, says ZANU PF

Mugabe’s party accuses army chief of ‘treasonable conduct’ Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwe’s ruling party on Tuesday accused the army chief of “treasonable conduct” after he challenged President Robert Mugabe over the sacking of the vice president, in the latest sign of worsening instability in the country. The ZANU-PF …

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ZIMBABWE: Tanks seen rolling into Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Several tanks were seen moving on the outskirts of the Zimbabwean capital Harare Tuesday, witnesses told AFP, a day after the army warned it could intervene over a purge of ruling party officials. “I saw a long convoy of military vehicles, including tanks, about an …

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BREAKING: Zimbabwe army chief warns of intervention

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwe’s army chief on Monday demanded a “stop” to the purge in the ruling ZANU-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, and warned the military could intervene. “The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background …

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Grace Mugabe hecklers released on bail in Zimbabwe

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe | AFP |  A Zimbabwe court on Friday released on bail four people facing charges of undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe after his powerful wife was jeered at a rally. Three men and a woman were arrested after attending a ruling ZANU-PF party rally in the …

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Zimbabwe frees US journalist jailed on subversion charges

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe freed on Thursday a 25-year-old American journalist charged with subverting President Robert Mugabe on account of an alleged tweet that described the ageing leader as “selfish and sick”. Martha O’Donovan had been charged with attempting to overthrow Mugabe as well as undermining or insulting the …

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Zimbabwe re-names airport after Mugabe

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a ceremony re-naming Harare Airport in his honour on Thursday, as his sacking of the vice president fuelled speculation over his succession plans. The 93-year-old president unveiled a plaque at the newly named Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, located 15 kilometers …

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Sacked Zimbabwe VP in exile, vows to defy Mugabe

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said Wednesday he had fled the country, as he issued a direct challenge to long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. The ruling ZANU-PF party “is not personal property for you and your wife to do as you please,” …

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