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UPDATE 1-Kenya opens $1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and Nairobi

UPDATE 1-Kenya opens $  1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and NairobiKenya’s opened a $ 1.5 billion Chinese-built railway line linking Nairobi to Naivasha on Wednesday, despite delays in building an industrial park in the Rift Valley town to encourage freight. The extension links to another Chinese funded and built $ 3.2 billion line between the port of Mombasa and Nairobi that opened in 2017 but is so far underutilised for cargo services. Upgrading Kenyan railways has been part of Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects aimed at improving land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa.



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Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi

Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to NairobiKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to open a new $ 1.5 billion Chinese rail line on Wednesday linking the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, despite delays in establishing an industrial park there to drive freight traffic. The development of Kenya’s railways has been part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a multi-billion dollar series of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa. Kenya had planned to open an industrial park in Naivasha, offering companies tax breaks for investing in manufacturing, and preferential tariffs for electricity generated in the nearby geothermal fields.



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Macron in Morocco for opening of high-speed railway

Macron in Morocco for opening of high-speed railwayFrench President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Morocco on Thursday to take part in the inauguration of a high-speed railway line that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa or the Arab world. The French leader, who was invited by King Mohammed VI, will attend a grand ceremony at Tangiers’ newly renovated train station, with heavy security measures put in place. Macron will travel with the monarch on the high-speed train from Tangiers, a major port linking Africa and Europe, to the capital Rabat.



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North and South Korea agree railway ceremony next month

North and South Korea agree railway ceremony next monthThe two Koreas will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconnection of their railways and roads as early as next month, they agreed Monday, as Seoul pursues an approach to the nuclear-armed North increasingly diverging from the US. “The South and North agreed to hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the connection and modernisation of the east and west coast rail and road in late November or early December,” read a joint statement issued after the meeting. Monday’s talks marked the second meeting between South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon and his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon since President Moon Jae-in met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang last month.



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Attacker kills two women at Marseille railway station

Attacker kills two women at Marseille railway stationTwo women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act”.



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Why Kenya's new railway is so controversial

Why Kenya's new railway is so controversialKenya's new railway line was launched recently and has received a lot of praise from the government and Kenyans. However, it's angered many who believe it will destroy Kenya's oldest national park.



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Eyeing growth boost, Kenya opens Chinese-built railway

Eyeing growth boost, Kenya opens Chinese-built railwayKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday inaugurated a Chinese-built railway, the country’s biggest infrastructure project since independence that is aimed at cementing its role as the gateway to East Africa. Dancers and a military band entertained passengers and dignitaries from Kenya and China shortly before they, and Kenyatta, were to take the maiden journey from a gleaming new terminal in the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi. “Today we celebrate one of the key cornerstones to Kenya’s transformation to an industrialised, prosperous, middle-income country,” Kenyatta said at the launch.



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China-built railway biggest Kenya project since independence

China-built railway biggest Kenya project since independenceMOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president on Tuesday opened the country's largest infrastructure project since independence, a Chinese-backed railway costing nearly $ 3.3 billion that eventually will link a large part of East Africa to a major port on the Indian Ocean as China seeks to increase trade and influence.



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Aspiring Teenage Model Dies During Texas Railway Photo Shoot

Aspiring Teenage Model Dies During Texas Railway Photo ShootFredzania "Zanie" Thompson died last week.



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