Protesters hold a poster of opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa during an anti-government protest at Unity Square in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photograph: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader said his party backed down from a planned anti-government protest on Friday to avoid bloodshed and signalled the MDC(...)

A supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party  wears a cone as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Soldiers and police fought running battles with hundreds of protesters in Harare on Wednesday, firing live ammunition, teargas and water cannon as ris(...)