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The United States effectively withdrew support for Zimbabwe’s stalled power-sharing deal today, as the opposition Movement for Democratic Change warned that it would boycott another sham election.

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President Robert Mugabe's claim that there was "no cholera" in Zimbabwe was sarcasm, the country's state newspaper reported yesterday. Mr Mugabe's spokesman, George Charamaba, said the President's comments on Thursday were "sarcastic" and that the outbreak had been contained. The opposition called his remarks about the epidemic that has killed nearly 800 "careless and reckless". The UN says the death toll is 783, with more than 16,000 cases. Cholera has spread rapidly because of Zimbabwe's under-nourished people, crumbling health care and lack of clean water. Last week, the country declared a health emergency. AP

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Is the alliance of forces that has kept Robert Mugabe in power finally starting to crack? For more than a decade now Zimbabweans have watched their once-prosperous country slide into penury and decay. Their government's mismanagement has brought hunger, disease, plunging life-expectancy, joblessness and hyperinflation to a land that was at one time the breadbasket of Africa. As the months and years have passed, and Mr Mugabe secured his power by fair means or foul, one could only marvel at people's forbearance. Every forecast that Zimbabwe could survive not a moment longer was disproved, as people somehow found a way.

Leading article: A state of degradation

First the famine; now the disease. Zimbabweans are being subject to afflictions of a truly biblical ferocity. An outbreak of cholera, as we report today, is likely to have already killed thousands. New cases are appearing daily.

Zimbabwe rivals in new talks to end deadlock

Zimbabwe's political rivals will meet in South Africa today for talks to end a political deadlock, amid mounting pressure from regional leaders for a deal to prevent the humanitarian crisis becoming still worse.

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Zimbabwe deal on the verge of collapse

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Record inflation pressures Zimbabwe parties

Zimbabwe's annual inflation hit a record high of 231 million per cent in July, piling pressure on the ruling party and opposition to break a deadlock in negotiations and form a cabinet that can rescue the economy.

Tsvangirai says he trusts Mugabe to honour deal

Zimbabwe's new Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has said he does not trust Robert Mugabe, but he does trust the President's commitment to their power-sharing agreement.

Leading article: Political reality in a shattered nation

Robert Mugabe's speech yesterday, as he finally signed a power-sharing agreement with the opposition party in Zimbabwe, would have been laughable had not its wild delusions been responsible for bringing one of Africa's most successful economies to its knees in the past decade, inflicting terrible suffering upon the ordinary people. It sounded like the speech of the leader of a country which had only just secured its independence, rather than one over which Mr Mugabe has ruled for 28 years, turning one of Africa's bread baskets into a nation unable to feed itself. No wonder there were jeers in the hall. By contrast, Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, announced that his hope for the future was greater than the grief he had for the suffering of the past years. His speech was entirely about the future.

Daniel Howden: Appeal to Mugabe's former magnanimity fails

The most optimistic and magnanimous words spoken yesterday came from Robert Mugabe: "If you were my enemy yesterday, today we are bound by the same patriotic duty and destiny." They were not spoken by the 84-year-old autocrat, instead, they were quoted back to him by Zimbabwe's new Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.

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