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Tanzania talks with Total, BP on hydrocarbon exploration

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 25 - Tanzania has held talks with France's Total and Britain's BP over oil and gas exploration, its energy ministry said on Saturday, aiming to add to major companies active in its thriving energy sector.

1:36pm IST

RPT-Ukraine oligarch put on the spot as rebels nibble at his empire

* Separatists use Akhmetov factory to repair combat vehicles

12:30pm IST

Coal mine accident in far west China kills 16- Xinhua

SHANGHAI, Oct 25 - Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the world's biggest coal producing country.

9:36am IST

UPDATE 1-Tanzania, China sign East Africa investment deals worth $1.7 billion

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 24 - Tanzania and China have signed investment deals worth more than $1.7 billion, including one to build a satellite city to ease congestion in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam - deepening Beijing's ties with East Africa.

24 Oct 2014

As Cuban economy stagnates, economists press for deeper reforms

HAVANA, Oct 24 - Some of Cuba's best-known economists are openly questioning the very core of the Soviet-style command economy and saying market reforms under way are too modest to boost weak growth.

24 Oct 2014
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours interest rate cut - paper

NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours a cut in interest rates to trigger demand in the construction sector, a newspaper report said on Saturday, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signalled it will not ease policy until it is confident of lower inflation.