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Zimbabwe has taken a small step toward cutting its heavy economic dependence on neighboring South Africa.

An oil pipeline - on the blink since 1965 - linking Zimbabwe with the Mozambique port of Beira has reopened. This means Zimbabwe can stop relying on fuel shipments through South Africa, which are touchy for economic and political reasons.

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But the reliability of the pipeline remains a question. Guerrillas - allegedly supported by South Africa - fighting the Mozambique government have bombed the pipeline in the past.

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