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Viettel to invest $1 billion on 3G telecoms network in Tanzania: officials

Vietnam-based telecoms operator Viettel plans to invest $1 billion in a new third-generation (3G) mobile phone network in Tanzania, the office of the east African country's president said on Tuesday.

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Africa Energy

Somalia says reviewing oil deals U.N. says lack transparency

Somalia said it was reviewing several oil and gas deals that U.N. investigators say lack transparency and risk hindering development of the country's energy industry.

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Total SA

Tanzania talks with Total, BP on hydrocarbon exploration

Tanzania has held talks with France's Total (TOTF.PA) and Britain's BP (BP.L) over oil and gas exploration, its energy ministry said on Saturday, aiming to add to major companies active in its thriving energy sector.

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Suez canal near Ismailia port city

Egypt signs with six international firms to dredge new Suez Canal

Egypt signed contracts with six international firms on Saturday to carry out dredging of the new Suez Canal, the flagship project in President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's program to revive an economy battered by years of political turmoil.

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Airbus Group

Air Cote d'Ivoire in talks with Airbus, Bombardier

Ivory Coast's national carrier Air Cote d'Ivoire is in discussions with Airbus (AIR.PA) and Canada's Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) to renew its existing fleet and provide new aircraft for a planned expansion, the company's chief executive said.

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Paris

French tourists avoid Tunisia after traveler's beheading in nearby Algeria

Tunisia lost about a third of its French tourist bookings to cancellation shortly after the beheading last month of a French traveler by Islamist militants in neighboring Algeria, the country's tourism minister said on Monday.

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France

South Africa signs nuclear agreement with France

South Africa has signed a nuclear power agreement with France, the government said on Friday, three weeks after it reached a similar deal with Russia as part of Pretoria's first tentative steps towards building up to 9,600 MW of nuclear power.

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Worshippers

Nigeria's 'megachurches': a hidden pillar of Africa's top economy

When a guesthouse belonging to one of Nigeria's leading Christian pastors collapsed last month, killing 115 mostly South African pilgrims, attention focused on the multimillion-dollar "megachurches" that form a huge, untaxed sector of Africa's top economy.

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Egypt's Central Bank Governor Hisham Ramez

Egypt has paid back $500 million to Qatar: central bank governor

Egypt has paid back $500 million to Qatar and will soon return the remainder of the money the Gulf state deposited into the Egyptian central bank after the 2011 revolution, the bank's governor said on Saturday.

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Shrien Dewani

Briton denies guilt in South African 'honeymoon murder' trial

Millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani on Monday denied arranging his bride's murder during their honeymoon in South Africa, four years after she was found shot dead in an abandoned car.

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Emirates

Emirates president says Ebola hits Asian demand for Africa flights

The president of Emirates airlines [EMIRA.UL] said on Thursday that demand for flights to Africa from Asia has fallen due to concerns over the Ebola virus.

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A view of the main spa area of The Palms hotel

Global spa, wellness industry estimated at $3.4 trillion: report

A growing middle class and consumers' evolving attitudes toward health and travel have fueled a global spa and wellness industry worth an estimated $3.4 trillion in 2013, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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An Anadarko Petroleum-Led Consortium Discovers 2nd Oil Find Offshore Sierra Leone

Ghana says oil firms can keep working during border arbitration

Oil firms operating on Ghana's disputed maritime border with Ivory Coast can continue working while an arbitration suit filed under a U.N. convention is resolved, Ghana's Attorney General Marrieta Brew Appiah-Oppong told a news conference on Tuesday.

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Ebola virus treatment centre

WHO experts advise against travel or trade bans on Ebola-hit Africa

Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday.

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Ebola in Conakry, Guinea

Ebola could drain billions of dollars from African economies: World Bank

The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars from economies in West Africa by the end of next year if the epidemic is not contained, the World Bank said in an analysis on Wednesday.

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