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Zambia's Sata to miss 50th independence anniversary

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LUSAKA - Zambian President Michael Sata, who left for medical treatment abroad at an undisclosed destination this weekend, will miss the southern African nation's 50th independence anniversary celebrations, his deputy said on Tuesday.

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