BBC News: Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (shown) says he is pulling out of Friday's presidential run-off, handing victory to President Robert Mugabe.
Mr Tsvangirai said there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair and "the outcome is determined by... Mugabe himself"He called on the global community to step in to protect Zimbabweans.
The decision came after opposition supporters heading to a rally in the capital Harare came under attack
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change says at least 70 supporters have been killed in recent months. (more)
Chris in Paris, AmericaBlog: The UN now views rape as a war crime. If the allegations of rape, torture and murder are proven, Robert Mugabe and his band of thugs should be dragged to The Hague and face crimes against humanity. This also means the EU will have to quit making exceptions for Mugabe and allowing him to travel to Europe for shopping trips.
LSB: The suffering of these people and their democratic freedoms are not important to the Bush administration. Exxon, Shell, BP, and the other oil companies have no interests here, so we'll not be going after this dictator like we did Saddam.