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A Strongman Nicknamed ‘Crocodile’ Is Poised to Replace Mugabe

Advertisement The son of farmers, he was a hardened freedom fighter by 16, trained as a lawyer and rose to become chief of his new country’s fearsome intelligence service. Known as the “Crocodile,” he once explained the nickname by saying: ...

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Trump Administration to Lift Ban on ‘Trophy’ Elephant Imports

The Trump administration will begin allowing hunters to bring into the United States “trophy” elephants killed in Zimbabwe, reversing a 2014 ban on a practice that has received intense scrutiny in recent years. Though African elephants are protected under the ...

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U.S. Is Open to Removing Sudan From Terrorism List, Diplomat Says

NAIROBI, Kenya — A month after the Trump administration formally lifted decades-old sanctions against Sudan, a top official said on Thursday that the United States would consider removing Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation that ...

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Zimbabwe, With Mugabe in Custody, Ventures Into Uncharted Territory

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Feeling their way through uncharted territory after the military placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest, Zimbabweans ventured into streets patrolled by armored vehicles on Thursday and awaited some kind of signal of what a new era ...

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Grace Mugabe’s Fierce Battle for Power in Zimbabwe

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first lady, is in the middle of the fight for the country’s presidency. Her rising power may have prompted the military to take over. NYT > Africa

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Angolan Leader Ousts Predecessor’s Daughter as Oil Chief

After making a campaign promise to root out nepotism, Angola’s new leader turned his sights Wednesday on the oil industry, ousting his predecessor’s daughter as head of the nation’s largest company. The move by President João Lourenço shakes up the ...

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As Mugabe’s Era Ends in Zimbabwe, a Warning Shot Echoes Through Africa

JOHANNESBURG — When Zimbabwe’s generals moved against President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday, their action foreshadowed the potential end of more than just one political career. It echoed across a continent where the notion of the “big man” leader is defined ...

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Grace Mugabe, Shrewd if Ill-Tempered, Became a Target of Zimbabwe’s Anger

Advertisement She is known for deft political maneuvering, a volcanic temper and a reputation for corruption. She once punched a photographer in Hong Kong with a diamond-encrusted fist. More recently, she was whisked out of South Africa to avoid arrest ...

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In Zimbabwe Crisis, Is Mugabe’s Reign Over?

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president who has ruled for almost four decades, has been put under house arrest by the military. NYT > Africa

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Robert Mugabe’s Long Reign: A Timeline

Advertisement President Robert Mugabe, who came to power as the leader of Zimbabwe nearly 40 years ago, is in the custody of the country’s armed services in what looks to have been a military takeover. The military has said that ...

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