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Zimbabwe is a country in Southern Africa, named after the old Zimbabwe kingdom. It became a British colony called South Rhodesia in 1898. The white minority in South Rhodesia unilaterally declared independence in 1965. Prime Minister Ian Smith installed a racist regime which excluded blacks from power. A civil war forced Smith to end white minority rule in 1979. Since 1980 the country has been governed by Robert Mugabe, who has received an equally poor reputation internationally as the previous regime.