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Thu,20Nov2014

West Africa

Ghana national oil company to take over state gas firm

Seth Terkper, Ghana's Finance Minister Ghana's state oil company can take over the much-smaller national gas firm under a deal approved by the government, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said on Wednesday during the annual budget.

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Nigeria: China Railway Construction wins $12 bn deal

Photo©ReutersChina Railway Construction Corp has signed a deal worth nearly $12 billion with Nigeria to build a railway along the West African nation's coast, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday.

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Ghana to remove import duties on smartphones, raise tobacco taxes

Mobile phone penetration is high in Ghana, but smartphones account for only 15% of this penetration. Photo©ReutersImportation of smartphones into Ghana will be tax-free from next year, as the government intends to bridge the digital divide within the West African country, but consumers of tobacco will have to pay as high as 175% import duty.

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Burkina Faso: Military-civilian power sharing arrangement

Burkina Faso's interim government has been completed with the appointment of an army officer, Lt Col Isaac Zida, as transitional prime minister, a day after former foreign minister, Michel Kafando, was sworn in as interim president.

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Ghana: legislators under fire for suggesting adulterous women be stoned

Ghanaian legislator, Nelson Abudu Banni has incurred the wrath of the public for suggesting adulterous women must be punished by stoning or hanging.

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South Africa: Burial for TB Joshua church collapse victims under way

Several South African pilgrims died on September 12 when a building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations led by the preacher Temitope Balogun ‘TB’ Joshua collapsed in LagosSouth African families have begun burying their relatives who died in a church collapse in Nigeria two months ago, ending a long and painful wait.

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