Envoys will not apologise to Mugabe

Diplomats refuse to say sorry for walking out of funeral for sister of Zimbabwe's president.

    Mugabe attacked international sanctions on Zimbabwe during his funeral oration [EPA]

    "When America is treated in the manner that it was treated on Sunday, by anyone, at any time, then I will react," Ray said.

    Sanctions criticised

    Attacking international sanctions on Zimbabwe during his funeral oration, Mugabe said: "They say 'remove so and so' - of course, they mean 'Mugabe must go before we can assist you'.

    "To hell with them. Hell, hell, hell with them whoever told them they are above the people of Zimbabwe that they decide what Zimbabwe should be and by who it should be ruled."

    Albrecht Conze, the German ambassador to Zimbabwe, said: "While we were paying our respects, Europeans and Americans were treated disrespectfully, and as we are representing them, we all felt that we had no other choice but to leave the venue."

    On Tuesday, Barack Obama, the US president, criticised Mugabe and warned Africa not to repeat the mistakes that betrayed the hopes of an "independence generation," which included his own father.

    "I'll be honest with you. I am heartbroken when I see what has happened in Zimbabwe," he said at a White House event to discuss the continent's future.

    "I think Mugabe is an example of a leader who came in as a liberation fighter and, I'm just going to be very blunt, I do not see him serving his people well," Obama told the meeting in response to a question about sanctions.

    The US is Zimbabwe's biggest aid donor.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.