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April 13, 1987
Zimbabwe, in a challenge to neighboring South Africa, has bought 12 Soviet MIG-29 interceptor aircraft, one of the Soviet Union's most advanced warplanes, for delivery in mid-1988, London's Sunday Telegraph reported. The newspaper quoted unidentified U.S. officials in Washington as saying Prime Minister Robert Mugabe spent his country's remaining foreign exchange reserves--$324 million--and committed future crops to get the warplanes.
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April 13, 1987
Zimbabwe, in a challenge to neighboring South Africa, has bought 12 Soviet MIG-29 interceptor aircraft, one of the Soviet Union's most advanced warplanes, for delivery in mid-1988, London's Sunday Telegraph reported. The newspaper quoted unidentified U.S. officials in Washington as saying Prime Minister Robert Mugabe spent his country's remaining foreign exchange reserves--$324 million--and committed future crops to get the warplanes.
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October 1, 2005 | Alexandra Fuller
WE HAVE BEEN a source for human slaves. Our countries were turned into the patrimony of colonial powers. We have been victim to our own African predators," said South African President Thabo Mbeki in his moving inaugural speech in 1999. Mbeki's orations have left no doubt that he knows how to turn an inspirational phrase, but does the man know how to pilot his country?
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