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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The Zim­babwe army’s takeover of the state broad­caster and ac­tion against mem­bers of Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe’s gov­ern­ment has been praised as a “blood­less cor­rec­tion.”

Chris Mutsvangwa, chair­man of a war veter­ans’ group, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that Army Gen. Con­stantino Chi­wenga has car­ried out “a blood­less cor­rec­tion of gross abuse of power.” Mutsvangwa said the army will re­turn Zim­babwe to “gen­uine democ­racy.”

The army said Mu­gabe, 93, and his wife are safe but that ac­tion will be taken against “crim­i­nals” sur­round­ing them. A DE­CI­SIVE ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians have voted in fa­vor of le­gal­iz­ing same-sex mar­riage, paving way for the coun­try to be­come the world’s 26th na­tion to rec­og­nize gay and les­bian unions.

More than three quar­ters of Aus­tralia’s el­i­gi­ble vot­ers took part in a sur­vey ad­min­is­tered by the coun­try’s Bureau of Statis­tics Wed­nes­day morn­ing lo­cal time. Out of 12.7 mil­lion vot­ers, 61.6% voted yes and 38.4% voted no, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. A RE­TIRED FDNY lieu­tenant and fa­ther of five is the lat­est first re­spon­der to suc­cumb to can­cer con­tracted dur­ing his time work­ing at Ground Zero, au­thor­i­ties said Tues­day.

Lt. Ed­ward McDon­agh died Sun­day af­ter a three­year bat­tle against colon can­cer, rel­a­tives said. He was 49.

McDon­agh is the 20th fire­fighter to die of a 9/11-re­lated ill­ness this year.

The Rock­land County man joined the FDNY in 1996 af­ter serv­ing in the Marines dur­ing the Gulf War, rel­a­tives said.

He was the first of his fam­ily to join the FDNY, but fire­fight­ing was in his blood, his widow Kim­berly McDon­agh said.

“It was part of who he was, right there with the Marine Corps,” she said. “They were his broth­ers. At the FDNY they weren’t just co-work­ers, they were fam­ily.”

Af­ter the Sept. 11 ter­ror at­tacks, McDon­agh spent the three months tak­ing part in re­cov­ery ef­forts. He re­turned to Ground Zero in­ter­mit­tently for the next six months, rel­a­tives said.

He was di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer on March 26, 2014. “He never let can­cer de­fine him,” his widow, Kim­berly McDon­agh, 47, re­mem­bered.“For three and a half years we took trips, cel­e­brated life and made mem­o­ries.”

He re­tired in July last year.His last as­sign­ment was En­gine 37 in Har­lem, an FDNY spokesman said.

McDon­agh is sur­vived by his wife, five chil­dren from two mar­riages, the old­est 20, the youngest just 6.

He is the 164th FDNY mem­ber to die of a 9/11-re­lated ill­ness. An ad­di­tional 133 NYPD mem­bers have died of sick­nesses at­trib­uted to the at­tack af­ter­math, po­lice said.

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