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Zambia expects $1bn in deals with China at Africa summit LUSAKA: Zambia expects to clinch $1 billion in Chinese investment and loans at this week's China-Africa summit in Johannesburg, a presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.Presidential spokesman Amos Chanda said Zambia was expected to conclude deals with China in infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, power generation as well as agriculture.Zambia and China were also likely to sign an agreement for the construction of two modern hospitals, Chanda said."These deals should add up to over $1 billion," he told Reuters.Chinese firms have invested heavily in mining and other sectors in the southern African nation over the last 10 years with investment exceeding $3 billion in 2014, according to latest Chinese embassy estimates.An electricity shortage and weaker copper prices have put pressure on Zambia's mining industry, threatening output, jobs and economic growth in Africa's No. 2 copper producer.China plans to invest a further $900 million over the next five years in an ...

Former PM Kabore elected president of Burkina Faso OUAGADOUGOU: Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won Burkina Faso's presidential election, official results showed, after a year of turmoil that saw the west African country's former leader deposed and the military try to seize power.Kabore, who governed under former strongman Blaise Compaore before turning his back on the old regime, won the vote in the first round with 53.49 percent of ballots, the electoral commission said late Monday. "We must get to work immediately. Together ...
C.Africa ex-leader Bozize to run for president BANGUI: Central African Republic's former president Francois Bozize, who was overthrown in a 2013 rebellion, filed his candidacy for the country's December presidential election, his party's secretary-general told AFP on Monday.Longtime Christian leader Bozize, whose ouster by rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka force triggered the country's worst post-independence crisis, lives in exile in an unknown location in Africa and faces an arrest warrant at home.In 69-year-old Bozize's absence, "I received the order to go ...
Mosquitos spread microcephaly disease in Brazil BRASÍLIA: Cases of microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with small heads, are skyrocketing in Brazil and the discovery that mosquitoes carry the disease means there are few ways to stop it, officials said Monday.Latest figures show 1,248 cases this year, compared to just 147 last year, said the health ministry.Complicating the situation is the revelation that mosquitos carrying the dengue-like Zika virus are spreading microcephaly, which also curbs mental development in the baby, ...
African leaders urge world to save drought-hit Lake Chad LE BOURGET: African leaders called at a global climate summit Monday for the world to help save drought-stricken Lake Chad and avert an even greater flow of refugees fleeing to Europe.Some 2.5 million people have been displaced from the fast-drying Lake Chad basin, according to the United Nations.Besides fleeing the drought, many people are crossing international borders to flee the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.The presidents of Lake Chad basin countries Cameroon, Chad, Niger and ...
Three injured as Kenya university security drill sparks panic NAIROBI: Three Kenyan students were injured Monday as they fled after hearing gunshots fired during a security drill, thinking it was a real attack, the Red Cross said.Kenya Red Cross spokeswoman Anolda Shiundu said there were three "casualties from the drill, one of them critical."Police said it was just a security exercise, but images showed terrified students standing on window ledges at Strathmore University, close the centre of the capital Nairobi.Kenya has seen several attacks ...
At least 12 killed in attack by Ugandan rebels in eastern DR Congo: witness, NGO GOMA: At least 12 people have been killed in an overnight attack blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a witness and local NGO said Monday."I saw four civilians killed by bullets... and seven patients and a nurse cut up by machete at the hospital," a regional official told AFP in the north of the troubled North Kivu province. A local non-governmental organisation however put the toll much ...


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