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With more girls pregnant, Zimbabwe pushes a return to school

Jan. 12, 2022 03:30 AM EST

MUREHWA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Inside a sparsely furnished two-room home in rural Zimbabwe, a 3-month-old baby cries. His mother, Virginia Mavhunga, spends her days making trips to the well with a bucket on her head, selling fruits and vegetables at the roadside, cooking, cleaning, washing clothes —...

Zimbabwe journalists mourn passing of editor Iden Wetherell

Jan. 04, 2022 06:09 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean journalists are praising Iden Wetherell, one of the country's most principled and exacting editors, who died on Dec. 23 after a battle with Alzheimer's. He was 73. “He was one of the most tenacious journalists around, never afraid to speak truth...

African leaders hail Tutu, but many don't follow his lead

Dec. 30, 2021 02:43 AM EST

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — African leaders are paying tribute to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for his fearless campaign that helped end South Africa's brutal apartheid regime and bring democracy to the country. But many of the same leaders have remained silent about the late Nobel...

Tutu's advocacy for LGBTQ rights did not sway most of Africa

Dec. 29, 2021 02:31 AM EST

Desmond Tutu is being remembered for his passionate advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people as well as his fight for racial justice. But the South African archbishop’s campaign against homophobia had limited impact in the rest of Africa, where same-sex marriage remains illegal and most countries...

COVID-19 spike worsens Africa’s severe poverty, hunger woes

Dec. 24, 2021 02:52 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Outside a foreign currency exchange in Zimbabwe’s capital, hordes of people desperate for U.S. dollars are pushed up against each other. “That’s it, keep it tight,” some shout, trying to prevent others from jumping the line to buy the money that...

Live updates: California reports 2nd omicron case in 2 days

Dec. 02, 2021 21:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — California is reporting its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. The Los Angeles County public health department says a county resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip to South...

Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster

Nov. 19, 2021 11:55 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly unmasked, jostled to buy and sell fruit and vegetables displayed on wooden tables and plastic sheets. As in much of Zimbabwe,...

South African gay chef cancels Zimbabwe visit amid protests

Nov. 05, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A trendy Zimbabwean restaurant has reopened but without an appearance by a South African gay celebrity following complaints by a group of conservative churches and ruling party members. The cancellation of a visit by TV celebrity Somizi Mhlongo...

UN envoy suggests that US lift sanctions against Zimbabwe

Oct. 28, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A United Nations special envoy on Thursday urged the United States to end sanctions that she says have worsened Zimbabwe’s humanitarian crisis, while urging dialogue to end the impasse between the two countries. The U.N envoy on unilateral...