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Fri,17Nov2017

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Madagascar plague appears to have spread to Seychelles: WHO

 In this Oct 3, 2017 file photo, children wear face masks at a school in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Photo: Alexander Joe/AP/SIPAA probable case of plague in the Seychelles, imported from Madagascar, is believed to have sparked the Indian Ocean country's first outbreak of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

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Brandy chases whisky in South African spirit wars

 In this Nov, 18, 2011 photo, a waiter serves cocktails to guestsat the trendy Randlords in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Photo: Denis Farrell/AP/SIPA"Klippies and coke". These are the orders ringing out in bars across South Africa as thrifty consumers switch from imported, big-brand whisky to various types of locally produced brandy to quench their thirst.

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South Africa to woo investors at IMF meetings

Malusi Gigaba at a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa, March 31, 2017. Photo: AP/SIPASouth Africa's Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and central bank governor Lesetja Kganyago head to Washington this weekend to meet ratings agencies and international investors in a bid to boost growth in an economy that is emerging from recession.

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Sub-Saharan Africa to grow at a slower rate this year, World Bank says

Pedestrians shop at a busy Balogun Market in Lagos, Nigeria, Sept. 5, 2017. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPAEconomic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to be 2.4 percent in 2017, the World Bank said on Wednesday, down from the 2.6 percent projected in April.

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IMF says Zambia public debt rising at unsustainable pace

A woman sits in front of an IMF logo at the venue of the IMF and World Bank meeting, Oct. 10, 2012. Photo: Itsuo Inouye/AP/SIPAZambia's public debt is growing unsustainably, making the economy of Africa's No. 2 copper producer vulnerable to market swings and reversals in capital flows, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday.

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Scandal-hit KPMG South Africa vows reforms, loses another client

Logo of KPMG pictured in Berlin, Germany, June 22, 2017. Photo: Michael Sohn/AP/SIPASouth African waste management company Interwaste fired KPMG as its auditor on Thursday, dealing another blow to the accounting firm ensnared in a scandal involving business friends of President Jacob Zuma.

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