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Zimbabwe judge orders facilities reopened for pregnant women

Oct. 7, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean judge on Wednesday ordered authorities in the capital, Harare, to reopen health facilities for pregnant women that were closed due to a strike by workers demanding better pay and personal protective equipment. The closures resulted in pregnant women losing babies or...

Passengers have their temperatures taken at the International O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. South Africa has reopened to some international flights, ending a six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa reopens to international flights amid virus

Oct. 1, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has reopened to international flights, ending a more than six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. A Lufthansa plane from Germany was the first international flight to arrive Thursday morning at...

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. A spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks said on Wednesday, Sept. 2 the number of elephants dying in the country's west from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22 and more deaths are expected. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

Sep. 28, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. Fulton Mangwanya, the...

Schoolchildren wait to enter their school in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday Sept, 28, 2020. Zimbabwe schools have reopened in phases, but with smaller number of pupils, more teachers and other related measures to enable children to resume their education without the risk of a spike in COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

Sep. 28, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. But many teachers did not report for work, as their union demanded that the government should first pay them a COVID-19...

Women share a light moment while attending a social gathering in a poor neighbourhood in Mbare, Harare, Friday, Sept,18, 2020. As Zimbabwe's coronavirus infections decline, strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased so much that many people see no need to be cautious, which has invited complacency. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Progress against virus brings complacency in parts of Africa

Sep. 26, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe’s coronavirus infections on the decline, schools are reopening, along with churches, bars, restaurants, airports and tourist attractions. Strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga demonstrates for the release of Zimbabwe Journalist Hopewell Chin'ono in Harare. Dangarembga who was arrested during anti-government protests is among six finalists announced Tuesday, Sept, 15, 2020 for the Booker Prize for fiction. Dangarembga is nominated for the 50,000-pound ($63,000) award for “This Mournable Body.”  (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Zimbabwean writer, Americans on diverse Booker Prize list

Sep. 15, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Zimbabwean writer who was arrested during anti-government protests is among six finalists announced Tuesday on a diverse list of contenders for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. Tsitsi Dangarembga was nominated for the 50,000-pound ($64,000) award for “This Mournable...

A man arrested for protesting over human rights abuses makes a court appearance in leg irons at the magistrates courts in Harare, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Human rights defenders say it appears the government is using restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19 to suppress political criticism. Opposition officials, human rights groups and some analysts accuse Mnangagwa of abusing the rights of critics, using tactics as harsh as his predecessor, the late Robert Mugabe. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe government abuses critics, allege rights groups

Sep. 15, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Godfrey Kurauone, a Zimbabwean opposition official, sang a protest song at the funeral of a party member in July. For that, and other political charges, he spent 42 days in jail before the prosecution dropped one charge, and acquitted him of another charge of blocking traffic....

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Jared Ward, center, of Mapleton, Utah, leads the pack during the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon in Natick, Mass. Elite runners competing in teams of three from places like Zimbabwe, Peru, Ecuador and across the U.S. will take the starting line Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, for a unique sort of marathon relay race. Ward will be among the participants as he and his teammates race on their home course in Utah.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Go, avatar, go: Icons track virtual team marathon progress

Sep. 10, 2020 5:09 AM EDT

Olympic distance runner Jared Ward and his teammates will take turns dashing around a short, shady course they hand-picked in Provo, Utah. Almost simultaneously, an avatar mimics their movements across a computer screen — and races against other avatars representing rival teams from all over the globe. ...

FILE — In this Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 file photo George Bizos, left, anti-apartheid activist, and life-long friend and lawyer of Nelson Mandela, right, arrives for his 80th birthday party in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bizos has died Wednesday Sept. Sept. 9, 2020, aged 92. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Mandela's lawyer, anti-apartheid activist George Bizos dies

Sep. 9, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela's personal lawyer George Bizos has died at 92, his family said Wednesday. He died peacefully at his home of natural causes, the family said. Bizos, who came to South Africa as a 13-year-old fleeing the Nazi occupation of Greece, played a key...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, elephants roam in the Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country's High Court, Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in the park which hosts one of Africa's largest populations of elephants. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/File)

Zimbabwe government announces mining ban in national parks

Sep. 9, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s government says it has banned mining in its national parks, but an environmental group that had taken court action to stop the development of a coal mine in an elephant-rich park said on Wednesday that it will insist on “more than just words.” Reports...