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Trains Set Sail on Kenya’s New 472 Km Mombasa-Nairobi Rail Line

Kenya’s new $3.8 billion China-funded Standard Gauge Railway has been launched with pomp and pageantry as new trains for both passengers and cargo make the first trip from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi. The 4000 tonnes a trip cargo train was launched Tuesday and the 1200 passenger train -named Madaraka Express – on Wednesday by President Uhuru Kenyatta to run the 472 kilometers between the two cities.

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Shut-Down For 50th Anniversary of Biafra Declaration

Shops, schools and businesses were shut in southeast Nigeria on Tuesday, 50 years to the day since an independent republic of Biafra was declared, sparking a brutal civil war. In Onitsha, the economic hub of Anambra state on the banks of the River Niger, most markets were closed and the streets were largely empty of people and traffic.

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Nigeria’s Chibok Girls Begin Rehabilitation in Capital

Nigerian officials say the 82 young women released by Boko Haram extremists this month are now joining those already freed in a special rehabilitation programme. Aisha Alhassan, minister of women’s affairs and social development, said Tuesday that the women will attend months of remedial studies. They will have doctors and nurses available to help them heal from the trauma of three years in captivity.

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South Africa To Harvest the Highest Maize Crop In 40 Years

South Africa is expecting to harvest its biggest maize crop in four decades, a year after drought devastated output of the country’s staple food. Farmers are set to produce over 15 million tonnes which means the country will have a 50% surplus for the year, according to government figures. The bumper harvest is a result of good rains in January and February.

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