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Zimbabwe police fire tear gas at opposition supporters

Nov. 20, 2019 10:01 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police with riot gear fired tear gas and struck people who gathered on Wednesday to hear a speech by the country’s top opposition leader amid growing frustration with the collapsing economy. Dozens of people ran and dodged baton blows in the capital, Harare. Officers...

No training, no gloves: Zimbabwe’s desperate childbirths

Nov. 18, 2019 8:19 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — When her contractions became unbearably painful, 18-year-old Perseverance Kanyoza rushed to a maternity hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. But the doors were closed amid a weekslong strike by public health workers. With no money for private care, panic set in. A hospital...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Nov. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high...

Zimbabwe police stop protest march by civil servants

Nov. 6, 2019 9:11 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police Wednesday blocked government workers from marching to protest for better salaries, a day after dozens of public hospital doctors were fired for striking for more pay. Strikes have become frequent in the southern African country in recent weeks as the economy...

Zimbabwe's severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife

Nov. 6, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the sun-baked watering hole, which had dramatically shrunk due to a severe drought. Eventually park staff freed...

US sanctions Zimbabwean state security minister

Oct. 26, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The United States has sanctioned Zimbabwe's state security minister over alleged human rights abuses, just hours after Zimbabwe's government defiantly marked its first Anti-Sanctions public holiday. State Security Minister Owen Ncube, a close ally of Zimbabwean President Emmerson...

Zimbabwe sent 30 baby elephants to China, says rights group

Oct. 25, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has sent about 30 young elephants to China where they will be held in zoos, according to Humane Society International. The elephants, estimated to be 2 to 6 years old, were separated from maternal herds and held at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park for nearly a year before...

Hundreds rally during Zimbabwe's new anti-sanctions holiday

Oct. 25, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The massive march that Zimbabwe's government tried to rouse for a new anti-sanctions public holiday appeared to fizzle on Friday, as just hundreds of people turned out in the capital, Harare, instead of the many thousands the ruling party had in mind. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's...

Zimbabwe declares new public holiday to protest US sanctions

Oct. 22, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has declared a new public holiday to protest U.S sanctions it says are hurting its economy — and the day comes with a state-sponsored festival. Anti-Sanctions Day will be commemorated on Oct. 25, acting information minister Amon Murwira said Monday, calling it a...