Zimbabwe’s Military Asserts Control; President Mugabe Confined to His Home


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confined to his home as the military tightened its grip over government and civic institutions on Wednesday, widening operations to subdue what it called the country’s “degenerating” political establishment, though the military denied it was ousting the longtime leader.

By midmorning, soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers had secured the Zimbabwean capital’s airport, parliament buildings, state television and the president’s residence. Top allies of Mr. Mugabe, including the country’s…