Despite claims of an assassination plot against him, opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai announced he'll return to Zimbabwe Saturday. He said he wanted to work to end the political violence that has caused millions of people to flee the country. Tsvangirai has been abroad since claiming victory in the March election. He was expected to return last weekend to prepare for a runoff against incumbent Robert Mugabe but called off the trip because of the alleged plot.
In an unusual move, a senior Chinese official went on national TV Thursday to refute criticism that foreign donors have done little to help victims of the May 12 earthquake. Commerce Minister Chen Deming said, "We have seen the greatest ... donations from the international community ever in history." Complaints on Internet sites have called foreign companies "misers" and exhorted consumers to "support Chinese companies instead."
President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia claimed a strong victory by his United National Movement in Wednesday's parliamentary election and said he hoped international observers would confirm that voting had been "free and fair." But Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitors only partially agreed, citing alleged intimidation of voters and other concerns. Opposition leaders vowed to challenge the results in court.