Voule's trip was the first official visit by an independent human rights expert to Zimbabwe, where for years, rights groups have accused government security forces and ruling party thugs of beating, torturing and killing opponents.
Facing mounting pressure, the president pledged Wednesday to release the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted" transcript of his phone call with Ukraine's leader that is at the center of a debate between Congress and the White House over a whistleblower complaint.
Known as a strong-willed woman with political ambitions, Grace Mugabe has made the most of her role as the grieving widow — and some in Zimbabwe think she is using the issue to reassert herself as a force to be reckoned with in the country.
Snowden, now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in an interview broadcast Monday on France's Inter radio that "protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act" and that he feels entitled to get protected status in France.
Living conditions have improved greatly since 2000 even for the world’s poorest people, but billions remain mired in “layers of inequality.” That is the assessment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s third annual report on progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.