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Zambia's Lungu faces battle to restore economic growth LUSAKA: Zambia's newly re-elected President Edgar Lungu faces an uphill battle to revive an economy reeling from a slump in copper prices, with a free-falling currency and widening budget deficit.After winning last week's disputed vote, Lungu moved to assure supporters that a new government will work to improve the welfare of Zambians grappling with high inflation and rising food prices.A drop in copper prices of almost one-third from their peak in February 2011 has resulted in thousands of job losses in the mining industry, where most companies are owned by foreign, notably Chinese investors.The crisis saw some companies suspend production, dealing a further blow to the southern African country's top export."The new government needs to work hard to restore economic growth," said Oliver Saasa, the chief executive of business consultancy Premier Consult.Saasa believes that Lungu, who first took office in January 2015 after the death of president Michael Sata, had ...

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Turkey's Erdogan says IS 'likely perpetrator' of Gaziantep attack ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the Islamic State (IS) group was the "likely perpetrator" of a bomb attack on a wedding in the southeastern city of Gaziantep that left at least 30 dead.Erdogan said in a written statement that there was "no difference" between the group of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who he blames for a failed July 15 coup bid, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) "and Daesh (IS), the ...

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OIC voices serious concern over human rights violations in IOK ISLAMABAD: Secretary General Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani Saturday voiced serious concern over the ongoing gross human rights violations and unabated carnage in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and renewed pledge to resolve the issue through peaceful means.Addressing a joint press stake-out along with Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, he said the OIC would continue exposing the grave human rights violations in the occupied valley till resolution ...

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Cross-border rocket from Yemen kills Saudi; Pakistani among 6 injured RIYADH: Rockets fired by Yemeni rebels into a Saudi border city on Saturday killed a Saudi civilian and wounded six others including a Pakistani man, the Saudi civil defence agency said.Quoted by Al-Ekhbariya state television, the agency the five other wounded in the city of Najran were all Yemeni citizens.Video footage posted on social networks showed two blazing buildings in the city centre.Cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia have increased since a Saudi-led Arab coalition this ...

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"What do you have to lose?" Trump pleads for black votes NEW YORK: Donald Trump made a sustained pitch Friday to African American voters, who have overwhelmingly flocked to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, telling them: "what do you have to lose?"The Republican presidential nominee, who languishes in the polls both nationwide and in virtually every battleground state, faces an uphill battle to broaden his support base if he is to avoid a Democratic landslide in November."No group in America has been more harmed by Hillary ...