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Zimbabwe marks 40th independence anniversary under lockdown

Four decades after liberation from British rule and following many years of Robert Mugabe’s repression, a growing number of Zimbabweans don’t believe they have much to celebrate. For many, it’s a conflict of generations. Tens of thousands of people traditionally flock to independence day festivities around the country on April […]

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Coronavirus did not originate in a lab: US military

The Pentagon’s top general has said that US intelligence has looked into the possibility that the coronavirus outbreak could have started in a Chinese laboratory, but that the “weight of evidence” so far pointed towards “natural” origins. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Mark Milley, was speaking […]

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Mnangagwa threatens fake news author with 20 years’ jail

Statement purporting to bear President Mnangagwa’s signature said coronavirus lockdown would be extended. Zimbabwe‘s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has threatened a jail term of up to 20 years to the author of a statement, purporting to bear his signature, that said the lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak had been extended. Mnangagwa, who was speaking […]

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IMF debt relief for 25 poor countries to fight COVID-19

The International Monetary Fund on Monday said it would provide immediate debt relief to 25 member countries under its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust to allow them to focus more financial resources on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the Fund’s executive board on Monday approved […]