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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
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Pawnshop owner auctioning gun owned by alleged killer Dorner

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Nkomo, vice president of Zimbabwe, dies

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- John Nkomo, vice president of Zimbabwe, died Thursday afternoon in a Harare hospital, President Robert Mugabe announced. He was 79.

Former white leader's Zimbabwe farm seized

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Former Zimbabwe white minority leader Ian Smith's farm was seized by the government and has been handed over to a local technical college, officials said.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.
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Marriage fears led to Muslim girl's death

SEDGWICK, England, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Police in England are searching for the killer of a Muslim girl whose body was found five months after she abandoned a prearranged marriage.

Former Rhodesian PM Smith dies

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Ian Smith, the former prime minister of Rhodesia, has died in South Africa following a long illness. He was 88.

Herceptin effective breast cancer drug

LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Research shows the drug Herceptin is effective in treating the early stages of a specific type of breast cancer, British doctors said.

'Celebrity Fit Club 5' on VH1

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" is returning for a brand new weight losing fifth season in April, with this edition featuring Dustin Diamond, Da Brat and others.

British council pays big for light work

BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- City officials in Birmingham, England, may be swamped with applications for signal operatives -- light bulb changers -- especially if the pay is $174,000.

Strahan divorce awes even the lawyers

NEWARK, N.J., July 16 (UPI) -- The nasty divorce between New York Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan and his soon-to-be ex-wife is stunning even seasoned divorce lawyers.

'The Travis Smiley Show' returns to PRI

MINNEAPOLIS, April 30 (UPI) -- "The Travis Smiley Show" has returned to public radio in a two-hour program with Maya Angelou, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Jill Scott.

WHO: More getting free AIDS treatment

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 10 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization says more AIDS victims in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe are living longer because of free treatment.

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist Herbie Steward was born this day in 1926 in Los Angeles. He was a member of Woody Herman's Second Herd. He was one of the original Four Brothers saxophone section on Herman's "Four Brothers" recording in 1947.
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Ian Smith

Ian Douglas Smith GCLM ID (8 April 1919 – 20 November 2007) served as the Prime Minister of the British self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia from 13 April 1964 to 11 November 1965. Smith unilaterally declared independence from the United Kingdom on 11 November 1965 and he served as the first Prime Minister of Rhodesia from that date to 1 June 1979 during white minority rule. The country failed to gain international recognition and United Nations economic sanctions were instituted.

The party he led, the Rhodesian Front, won all but two general elections until the end of white rule in 1979, a period in which few blacks were qualified to vote. The Smith administration fought against black nationalists in the 1971–1979 Rhodesian Bush War. He negotiated an Internal Settlement in 1979 after 14 years of maintaining white rule in the face of war, economic sanctions, and international pressure. The agreement led to biracial rule and a coalition government led by Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa of the UANC. The Lancaster House Agreement and the election of Robert Mugabe as Prime Minister of the newly renamed Zimbabwe in 1980 marked the beginning of majority rule. Smith remained a member of the Zimbabwe Parliament until 1987. Subsequently, he enjoyed a long and comfortable retirement in Zimbabwe before relocating to Cape Town, South Africa.

Ian Smith was born in Selukwe, now known as Shurugwi, a small mining and farming town located approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) southwest of the capital Salisbury, now known as Harare. He was the family's youngest child, with two older sisters, Phyllis and Joan. His father, John Douglas Smith (also known as "Jock"), had emigrated from Hamilton, Scotland in 1898 in search of gold, but instead became a farmer, butcher, baker, garage owner and gold mine operator. His father married Agnes Hodson, who was from Cumbria in England, in 1911.

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