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Zimbabwe's Mugabe launches 90 birthday balloons

Thousands of people turned out Sunday to wish happy birthday to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who threw 90 balloons into the air to mark his 90th year and continuing hold on power. Fresh off the plane from Singapore, where he had travelled for eye surgery last week, Mugabe was in typically defiant mood as he launched his birthday celebrations at Marondera stadium, east of the capital Harare. "I feel as youthful and energetic as a boy of nine," Mugabe said, before cutting his cake.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe launches 90 birthday balloons

Thousands turned out Sunday to wish happy birthday to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who threw 90 balloons into the air to mark his 90th year and continuing hold on power. Fresh off the plane from Singapore, where the nonogenarian president had travelled for eye surgery, Mugabe arrived early at Marondera stadium to start his birthday celebrations.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe launches 90 birthday balloons

Thousands turned out Sunday to wish happy birthday to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who threw 90 balloons into the air to mark his 90th year and continuing hold on power. Fresh off the plane from Singapore, where the nonogenarian president had travelled for eye surgery, Mugabe arrived early at Marondera stadium to start his birthday celebrations.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe launches 90 birthday balloons

Thousands turned out Sunday to wish happy birthday to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who threw 90 balloons into the air to mark his 90th year and continuing hold on power. Fresh off the plane from Singapore, where the nonogenarian president had travelled for eye surgery, Mugabe arrived early at Marondera stadium to start his birthday celebrations.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe launches 90 birthday balloons

Thousands turned out Sunday to wish happy birthday to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who threw 90 balloons into the air to mark his 90th year and continuing hold on power. Fresh off the plane from Singapore, where the nonogenarian president had travelled for eye surgery, Mugabe arrived early at Marondera stadium to start his birthday celebrations.

Easing of EU sanctions on Zimbabwe a 'non-event': Mugabe party

President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party on Tuesday dismissed the easing of European Union sanctions on Zimbabwe as a "non-event," after the veteran leader and his wife remained blacklisted. The EU on Monday lifted a visa ban and assets freeze against members of Zimbabwe's ruling elite with the exception of Mugabe, who turns 90 on Friday, and his wife Grace. "We want total removal of sanctions. We don't accept piecemeal removal of sanctions," Rugare Gumbo, ZANU-PF spokesperson told AFP.

Zimbabwe dismisses envoy's safety fears after asylum bid

Zimbabwe's government Sunday dismissed concerns raised by Harare's ambassador to Australia who has asked Canberra for asylum citing fears for her safety back home, local media reported. Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila, aligned to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, made the request for asylum ahead of the end of her posting next week. She told Australian media that a July vote had been "stolen" by President Robert Mugabe's government and that she did not feel safe returning to Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe dismisses envoy's safety fears after asylum bid

Zimbabwe's government Sunday dismissed concerns raised by Harare's ambassador to Australia who has asked Canberra for asylum citing fears for her safety back home, local media reported. Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila, aligned to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, made the request for asylum ahead of the end of her posting next week. She told Australian media that a July vote had been "stolen" by President Robert Mugabe's government and that she did not feel safe returning to Zimbabwe.

Economic woes, factionalism haunt Mugabe party ahead of meeting

Zimbabwe's ruling party opens its annual conference Thursday with the twin spectres of the moribund economy and infighting over veteran President Robert Mugabe's succession casting long shadows. The three-day conference is ZANU-PF's last before its elective congress next year and comes against the backdrop of renewed clashes among contenders to succeed Mugabe,who at 89 is Africa's oldest head of state.

Senior CPC official meets Zimbabwean guests

BEIJNG, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Friday called on China and Zimbabwe to promote an all-weather friendship. Guo Jinlong, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks while meeting with a delegation led by Rugare Gumbo, a member of the Political Bureau of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Central Committee. Guo, also Beijing's Party chief, said the two countries have traditional friendship and both China and Zimbabwe are committed to national development and rejuvenation.
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