Zimbabwe’s government backtracked on a wage freeze, the official media reported, just days before labor unions hold a national strike protesting it. The main labor organization, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, called a countrywide strike for Sept. 20-21 to protest the wage controls and other economic policies that have led to record unemployment and chronic food shortages. Meanwhile, Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, has called for tougher action to end the crisis in Zimbabwe, calling South Africa’s “softly-softly” diplomatic approach a failure. (AP, BBC)

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