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Lungu has slim lead in Zambia presidential poll LUSAKA: Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu has a slim lead after most votes have been counted in a presidential poll, the electoral commission said on Saturday, with the final tally due later in the day.With no reliable opinion polls in the southern African state, experts have struggled to call a winner in the contest to succeed Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77.Patriotic Front candidate Lungu led rival Hakainde Hichilema 48.4 percent to 46.7 percent according to the latest results from 141 out of 150 constituencies released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.However, with another election scheduled for late next year when Sata's term had been due to end, the winner will have little time to turn around a stuttering economy in one of Africa's most promising frontier markets.Zambia has averaged 6-7 percent growth as the mining sector boomed but that slowed to 5.5 percent last ...

40 dead in DR Congo protests: Human Rights Watch KINSHASA: Forty people have died in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo against President Joseph Kabila, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, accusing security forces of using excessive force and then trying to remove evidence.The number of people who have died in DR Congo over the past week in demonstrations against a bill that could extend Kabila's time in power is contested, with the government saying the protests had left 12 dead and a ...
Soweto looting spree sends foreign shopkeepers fleeing SOWETO: Nazil Munssi stared at his ravaged hardware store near Soweto township with tears in his eyes, despondent and terrified after anti-foreign mobs went on a looting rampage this week in South Africa."They are targeting all the foreigners," said Munssi, an Indian national who has lived in South Africa for 26 years. "I don't think it's a safe place anymore. There is no law and order."The outbreak of pillaging, which targeted dozens of stores, began ...
Trial of 2 Ebola vaccines' effectiveness to start in Liberia ISLAMABAD: The first clinical trial to test the effectiveness of Ebola vaccines was expected to begin in Liberia in two weeks.Volunteers in the trial will be given either a vaccine being developed byGlaxoSmithKline, a vaccine being developed by Merck or a placebo. There are expected to be 9,000 people in each arm of the trial, New York times reported.The number of new Ebola cases is waning in West Africa. Officials from the United States Department ...
Bomb explodes outside presidential palace in Cairo, one injured CAIRO: A police officer was injured when a small bomb exploded outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday, police sources said.An unknown assailant on a motorbike threw the bomb in front of the main entrance of the Al-Qubba palace before fleeing, the sources said.There has been a wave of violence in Egypt since Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was toppled by the military in July 2013 and a crackdown was launched on his supporters, leaving ...
Burkina presidential and legislative votes set for October OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso will hold presidential and legislative elections on October 11, interim president Michel Kafando announced Thursday, put an ending to uncertainty over the political calendar.The decision came days after political parties, the interim government and the electoral commission put forward possible dates for the first vote since the overthrow of president Blaise Compaore.Burkina Faso's military seized power on October 31 after Compaore was ousted in a popular revolt sparked by his bid to ...
Sierra Leone ends Ebola bonuses for health workers FREETOWN: Sierra Leone said on Thursday it was ending the "risk allowances" it has been paying to thousands of healthcare workers on the front line of its battle with Ebola.Steven Ngauja, the head of the government's response to the outbreak, told reporters the payments of up to 500,000 leones ($118, 102 euros) a week on top of regular salaries would finish by the end of March.The move comes with Sierra Leone, one of three west ...


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