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a country in south central Africa, south of Zambia and north of South Africa. Population: 12,576,742 (2003). Capital: Harare. Zimbabwe was formerly called Rhodesia, and was ruled by the British from 1889. In 1965 its white government announced that it was independent, but the British government regarded this as an illegal claim. Zimbabwe became officially independent, under a new mainly black government in 1980. Its main products include tobacco, cloth, and minerals.

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