October 23, 2016
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Today's VOA Africa News Summary

Here are today's top stories from VOA Africa.

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OECD says African Economic Growth Will be Cut by Half
Region struggles with global economic downturn but is in better shape to deal with crisis than a decade ago

Chad, Sudan Trade Accusations of Backing Rival Rebellions  
Chad says 22 soldiers and 225 Sudan-backed rebels were killed in fighting around the eastern city of Abeche

Fighting Continues in Somali Capital
Fighting in Mogadishu has killed more than 50 people, injured dozens of others

Somali Government Denies Arms Sale to Hard Line Islamic Insurgents  
The new Somali government has sharply denied reports that unpaid soldiers of the national army have been selling their weapons to hard line Islamic insurgents, including al-Shabaab.

Heavy Fighting Resumes in Mogadishu
More than 50 killed in clashes between Islamist insurgents, government troops, allied militias

Import Duties Lifted for Zimbabwe Tourism Sector to Promote Recovery  
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive Officer Karikoga Kaseke said the exemption will help hotels in particular refurbish ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Civil Servants In Zimbabwe Threaten To Stage Walkout Over Salaries  
PSA Deputy Secretary General Jeremiah Bvirindi said state workers want their allowances raised to at least US$454 a month from US$100 at present

Principals In Zimbabwe Unity Government Said To Be Close To Agreement  
Mr. Tsvangirai told the Financial Times Sunday that no deadline loomed over the talks despite the ultimatum laid down last week by his Movement for Democratic Change

Former Congo Rebels Threaten to Re-Start Insurgency Over Pay Dispute  
Former Combatants in the Democratic Republic of Congo are threatening to take up arms after accusing Kinshasa of failing to pay them for the last two months.

Malawi Ruling Party Denies It is Planning on Rigging May 19 Election  
Spokesman for President Mutharika, Chikumbutso Mtumodzi says the allegations are the imagination of people who do not want to accept that President Mutharika will win the May 19 election

More Money to Help Africa Weather Financial Crisis  
Africa's biggest investors, lenders make available another $15 billion to help continent weather global financial crisis

Spain to Turn Over Somali Pirates to Kenya
Spanish navy seized men off coast of Somalia last Wednesday after their boat capsized during alleged attempt to hijack Panamanian-flagged vessel

Mauritanian Opposition Lawmakers Protest in Parliament
Most opposition lawmakers have boycotted parliament since last August's military coup ousted Mauritania's first freely-elected leader Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi

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