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Zimbabwe marks 37 years of independence amid economic crisis

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has marked the country’s 37th anniversary of independence with a call for tranquility even as the economy has collapsed to the point where livestock is being accepted in place of cash. The 93-year-old Mugabe broke his tradition of walking the 100 meters …

Seeking cash, Zimbabwe sells 35 elephants to China

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Thursday it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare activists that such sales are unethical. This once-prosperous country’s economy has fallen apart, and Zimbabwe’s government has said it needs to …

Zimbabwe’s ruling party backs Mugabe, 92, for 2018 election

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 in February, was endorsed on Saturday as the ruling party’s candidate in a national election scheduled for 2018. The ruling ZANU-PF party announced its support in the southeast town of Masvingo, where the party’s youth wing even proposed that …

In Zimbabwe, comedy thrives as country slowly falls apart

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s economy is falling apart, and police are cracking down on growing anti-government protests. But the country’s comedy scene is booming. No subject seems taboo. Even 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, widely accused of muzzling free speech, is a target. Insulting the president can bring a one-year …

Zimbabwe: Supporters fume after protest pastor leaves for US

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — From a symbol of resistance and hope, a pastor who galvanized thousands of Zimbabweans into anti-government action has become a subject of derision, fighting accusations of being a coward. Evan Mawarire became an instant hero after he organized this southern African country’s biggest shutdown protest in …

Zimbabwe’s president warns against further protests

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s longtime president has praised his security forces while warning against violent protests, days after the police crushed an anti-government march in the capital, Harare. President Robert Mugabe spoke Monday at a commemoration event notable for the absence of some of his previously loyal wartime allies. …