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Mugabe Threatens Western Firms Over Sanctions
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has threatened "tit for tat" retaliation against British and US firms over sanctions imposed by the West.
Mr Mugabe was sworn in last week for a new five-year term.
But Western powers have questioned his victory in last month's election after widespread allegations of vote-rigging.
"They should not continue to harass us, the British and Americans," Mr Mugabe told mourners at the funeral of a hero of the 1970s .
"We have not done anything to their companies here - the British have several companies in this country - and we have not imposed any controls, any sanctions against them, but time will come when we will say, 'Well, tit for tat, you hit me I hit you.'"
British companies in Zimbabwe include banking groups Standard Chartered Plc and Barclays Plc.
The US and the EU have imposed travel and financial sanctions against Mr Mugabe and prominent members of his party.
Washington said recently it has no plans to loosen or lift them until there were signs of change in the country.
Mr Mugabe has rejected the fraud allegations following the July 31 vote, which was criticised by local observers but generally given a clean bill of health by the African Union and Southern African Development Community.
At 89, he is Africa's oldest leader and has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain in 1980.