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China to build new East Africa railway line

11 May 2014 Last updated at 20:26 ET

Regional leaders and visiting Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang attended the signing ceremony

Formal agreements for plans to build a new railway line in East Africa with Chinese help have been signed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

It is to run from Mombasa to Nairobi and will extend eventually via Uganda to Rwanda and South Sudan.

In Kenya, the line is to replace a narrow-gauge track built more than 100 years ago during British colonial rule.

China is to finance 90% of the cost of the first stage, put at $3.8bn, with work carried out by a Chinese firm.

Construction work on the standard gauge line is expected to start in October this year, and the 610 km (380-mile) stretch from the coast to Nairobi is due to be finished in early 2018.

"The costs of moving our people and our goods... across our borders will fall sharply,"
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta told a news conference after the signing.

Mr Kenyatta has previously said the new link should cu…


MALAYSIA : Exotic mango harvest causes fruit frenzy

Published: Sunday May 11, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 11, 2014 MYT 7:05:04 AM

KANGAR: It is harvest season for the harumanis mango, and visitors are coming in droves to Perlis.

Fans of the fruit have waxed lyrical about its exotic taste and due to limited production, it is not uncommon to see people lining up to buy it.

The mango is only grown in the state and is only in season from mid-April to early June.

The price of harumanis can go up to RM35 per kilo, but this has not stopped people from buying boxes of the succulent, tropical fruit.

In fact, some even “book” the fruit online before it is even harvested.

During its season, the harumanis is not only enjoyed as it is, but is also eaten with glutinous rice or juiced.

Harumanis is high in antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E in addition to water-soluble fibres. It can also lower cholesterol levels and reduce phlegm.

During the season, the harumanis can be found in Bukit Bintang, Paya Kelubi and Chuping.

Growers cannot meet the …


• The low-hanging fruit is disappearing for Whole Foods Market (WFM). 

The grocer missed Wall Street expectations as it continued to lower prices and squeeze margins to fend off Wal-Mart (WMT) and other rivals pushing into organic foods. 

Sales rose 10 percent in the quarter ended April 13, but profits didn’t budge.