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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...

FILE — In this Sunday Nov. 10, 2019 file photo a herd of elephants make their way through the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in search of water. 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/File)

Zimbabwe group tries to stop Chinese coal mine in game park

Sep. 8, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association argues that the...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb, 20, 2020 file photo, women carry bags of maize during a food aid distribution excercise in Mudzi about 230 kilometres northeast of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe. An estimated 45 million people in Southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year. Zimbabwe is the worst affected country, with its number of food insecure people expected to reach 8,6 million by the end of this year, World Food Program director in southern Africa, Lola Castro, said Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. ( AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, file)

Southern Africa's hunger upsurge blamed on climate, COVID-19

Sep. 7, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year, the World Food Program said Monday. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with climate change and the struggling...

The congregation practises social-distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus during a Sunday mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, Nigeria Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

As Africa's COVID-19 cases rise, faith is put to the test

Sep. 5, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have launched a campaign with the now-universal phrase of...

Lawyers stage a protest outside the High Court while awaiting a bail hearing for jailed journalist Hopwell Chin'ono, in Harare, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. A Zimbabwean court will on Wednesday rule on a fresh bail bid by Chin'ono, in jail for more than a month, at a time his lawyers say prison authorities are forcing him to mingle with other prisoners despite showing symptoms “consistent” with COVID-19.( AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean journalist released on bail after 6 weeks in jail

Sep. 2, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin'ono walked out of prison Wednesday saying that he had been “strengthened” by the nearly six weeks he was jailed, saying he remains committed to exposing corruption. Chin'ono, 49, was released on bail Wednesday pending trial on...

A dead elephant is seen 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 investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

Sep. 2, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The number of elephants dying in western Zimbabwe from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22, and “more deaths are expected,” a spokesman for the country’s parks agency said Wednesday. Most of the elephants dying...