Southern Africa

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's health minister says the southern African country needs $700 million to restore health services shattered by a decade of political and economic turmoil.

JOHANNESBURG - For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's president on Thursday told foreign investors that they must accept black Zimbabweans as the major shareholders in their projects - or stay away from the southern African nation.

CAIRO - Egyptian telecom giant Orascom Telecom said Thursday its Algeria unit has been hit with a $230 million preliminary tax reassessment, marking a new and increasingly acrimonious chapter in the company's relations with the North African nation.

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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