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Mugabe back in Zimbabwe after overseas absence, health fears

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 file photo, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses party supporters during a gathering to honor the country's dead heroes, at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe arrived home Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 after an overseas absence that led to rumors about a health crisis, joking to reporters that "Yes, I was dead." "It is true that I was dead," the world's oldest head of state said. "And I resurrected. As I always do." (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, file)

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 file photo, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses party supporters during a gathering to honor the country's dead heroes, at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe arrived home Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 after an overseas absence that led to rumors about a health crisis, joking to reporters that "Yes, I was dead." "It is true that I was dead," the world's oldest head of state said. "And I resurrected. As I always do." (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, file)  (The Associated Press)

Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe has arrived home after an overseas absence that led to concerns over a health crisis.

The world's oldest head of state returned to the capital, Harare, Saturday morning after leaving a regional summit early on Tuesday. Flight data showed his plane went to Dubai after the original flight path indicated a course toward Asia. Mugabe has received treatment in Singapore.

His spokesman had denied reports that Mugabe, the target of near-daily protests in recent weeks, was ill.

Police on Thursday banned protests in the capital for two weeks, on the eve of a demonstration planned by a newly formed coalition of opposition groups.

Frustration has been rising in Zimbabwe over a plummeting economy and allegations of government corruption.

Mugabe has been in power since 1980.