Zambia GDP Grew 7.1 Percent in 2010: Zambia’s economy grew 7.1 percent last year compared to 6.4 percent in 2009 and its inflation is likely to stay above an 8 percent target in the first quarter of 2011, the central bank said on Friday.
Ugandans vote in presidential election: Ugandans voted Friday in a presidential election that could extend the term of the incumbent, who has been in power for 25 years. A new term would give President Yoweri Museveni five more years. Voters lined up early to cast their ballots at various venues including schools, government offices and churches. In the capital, Kampala, streets were calm and empty, with increased security forces patrolling in riot gear.
Rwanda’s Coffee Output May Rise 10% on Fertilizers, New Trees: Coffee production in Rwanda may climb 10 percent this year, boosted by wider use of fertilizers and as trees planted three years ago begin to yield, the Rwanda Coffee Development Authority said. Rwanda plans to boost coffee production to as much as 40,000 tons over the next five years through wider planting, according to the authority’s website. Starbucks Corp., the world’s largest coffee-shop chain, is the biggest buyer of the country’s coffee.
S. Africa has a ‘real chance’ of hosting the World Cup in 2023: – South Africa had a “real chance” of hosting the 2023 rugby World Cup, International Rugby Board (IRB) chairman Bernard Lapasset said on Friday, due to the country’s previous organizing of the soccer World Cup.
24 reported killed in Libyan crackdown: At least 24 people have died in protests in Libya against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to Human Rights Watch, and demonstrations were reported to be continuing Friday in what looked to be the most serious challenge in his 41-year rule. Security forces seemed to step up their efforts to put down a rising tide of protests as reports of clashes in cities around the country came in from news agencies, local media and social networks. The reports were impossible to verify independently.