Hard-line President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe shrugged off mounting international pressure to cancel Friday's runoff, saying: "The West can scream all it wants. Elections will go on." Mugabe also denied that his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, who pulled out of the runoff Sunday and sought refuge in the Dutch Embassy in Harare, is in danger. The UN Security Council unanimously declared that a fair runoff was impossible because of "a campaign of violence" waged by Mugabe's government and supporters.
A planned tour of Britain by Zimbabwe's national cricket team "would be unwelcome," Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said Tuesday in an early indication of fallout from the political violence. The Zimbabwean team is scheduled to play five matches in England next year and to compete in the sport's World Cup there. Brown has been among the most outspoken world leaders on the troubles in Zimbabwe.