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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin earlier this month shocked markets by announcing that Russia would ban exports to keep prices down at home and ensure there was enough feed grain for its cattle.

SOUTH AFRICA

Zuma: Zimbabwe on ‘correct path’

PRETORIA | South African President Jacob Zuma will tell a regional summit next week that Zimbabwe is “on the correct path” under its unity government, a Foreign Ministry official said Thursday.

Mr. Zuma is the official mediator in Zimbabwe for the 15-nation Southern African Development Community, which holds its annual summit on Monday and Tuesday in Namibia.

He visited Zimbabwe in March to press long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and the new prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, to settle their differences over a raft of key government appointments and to press forward the reform process.