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African American Charles Belk falsely arrested and detained for 6 hours

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40 killed in fresh Alago/Eggon fight in Nasarawa State

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Tributes galore as body of Dora Akunyili arrives Anambra

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UN to impose sanctions, arms embargo on Libyan militia, leaders

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Cameroon kills 27 Boko Haram militants in border clashes

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Kenya's economy boosted by 4.6% rise in tea production in June

Kenya's tea production rose by 4.6 percent in June to 31.9 million kilograms compared to 30.5 million in the same period in 2013, tea marketers said on Wednesday. The Tea Board of Kenya (TBK) attributed the marginal increase in production largely to occasional light rainfall condition which was experienced in tea growing areas of Rift Valley, following which the region's output rose from 8.4 million kilograms to 11.3 million kilograms. "However, owing to persistent cold…
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U.S. announces 30 billion USD to boost economic ties with Africa

Over 30-billion-U.S. dollar commitments were announced at the first U.S.-Africa summit to boost economic ties between the world's largest economy and the continent, said the White House on Tuesday. President Barack Obama announced 7 billion dollars in new financing to promote U.S. exports to and investments in Africa under the Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) Campaign at Tuesday's U. S.-Africa business forum during the summit, the White House said in a statement. U.S. companies also…
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Zimbabwe ratifies WHO treaty on tobacco control

Zimbabwe has ratified the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in a development that is going to strengthen the country's voice on world tobacco control matters.   The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board chief executive Andrew Matibiri confirmed to Xinhua Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe acceded to the treaty on July 16 this year.   The overall aim of the legally binding international treaty, which came into force in 2005, is…
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Ivorian cocoa revival benefits from troubles in Ghana cocoa sector

Three years ago, when James joined Ghana's anti-smuggling task force, his job was to intercept illicit cocoa shipments from neighboring Ivory Coast to preserve the superior quality of his country's beans. Now he has to stop it flowing the other way.   "We used to burn their cocoa because it was not good," said the wiry 60-year-old, one of the leaders of a network of growers and informants that monitors Ghana's porous border with its…
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Algeria to produce 30 billion cubic meters shale gas by 2020

Algerian state energy giant Sonatrach said on Saturday it plans to produce as much as 30 billion cubic meters of shale gas annually by 2020, official APS news agency reported. The report, quoting a source with the firm, said the group has already confirmed the decision of future output expansion in early July. Sonatrach plans to drill for shale gas in the basins of Ahnet and Illizi after being authorized by the government, it added.…
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South African union NUMSA says to intensify metals, engineering strike

South Africa's main manufacturing union, NUMSA, said it has agreed a plan of action to intensify a three-week strike over pay that has hit car makers and construction companies. Around 220,000 workers have downed tools in demand of a double-digit wage increase, a blow to Africa's most advanced economy as it struggles to avoid recession and is still recovering from a crippling five-month strike in the platinum sector, which ended in June. The National Union…
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Congo DR launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

Democratic Republic of Congo has launched its first agricultural business park, the initial step in a plan to use its vast tracts of arable land to produce food, create jobs and wean the economy off its dependence on mining. Congo has 80 million hectares of arable land and some 70 percent of the population works in farming but most are involved in subsistence agriculture and the country spent $1.5 billion on food imports last year.…
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Zimbabwe's economy on the mend as trade deficit narrows by 25 pct

Zimbabwe's trade deficit declined 25.7 percent to 1.76 billion U.S. dollars in the six months to June this year, down from 2.37 billion U.S. dollars recorded during the same period last year. However, the narrowing gap was mainly contributed to depressed demand and liquidity challenges rather than a boost in manufacturing. According to figures released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstats) Tuesday, imports amounted to 2.99 billion U.S dollars, down from 3.92 billion U.S…
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World Bank says Angolan economy recovering

Angolan economy was in a process of recovery in 2014 after recording a growth of gross domestic product of 4.4 percent in 2013, the World Bank said in a report on Thursday. The growth recorded in 2013 was higher than the average of 3.5 percent of the 2009/2011 period, but lower than the 5.2 percent of 2012, according to excerpts of the report which was carried by Angola's official Angop news agency. Non-oil sectors in…
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ECOWAS to introduce common tariff in 2015

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expected to start the common external tariff on Jan. 1, 2015. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, announced this at the ongoing 45th Summit of ECOWAS heads of State in Accra on Thursday. Mahama, who is also chairman of the sub-regional body, said this when he opened the 45th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS. The ECOWAS heads of state and government decided in 2006 to establish the common…
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