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The East African : May 5th 2014
The EastAfrican 24 BEHIND THE HEADLINES China: Li’s Africa visit not just about oil Aid workers killed in CAR clashes Bloggers, journalists charged in Addis 10 dead as drought bites in Somalia OUTLOOK MAY 3-9,2014 T I T B I T S The News: The visit by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to four African countries is about more than oil agreements, government officials have said. The Lowdown: Trips by Chinese leaders to Africa are often marked by big natural resource deals, triggering criticism that China is only interested in the continent’s mineral and energy wealth. The Chinese premier will visit Kenya, Ethiopia and oil-rich Angola and Nigeria. “During Premier Li Keqiang’s visit, all the relevant countries will sign some cooperation agreements... not just on oil and natural resources,” Assistant Minister of Commerce Zhang Xiangchen told reporters. The News: Three aid workers were among 22 people killed in a rebel attack on a clinic in northern Central African Republic last week, officials said. The Lowdown: Fifteen of the dead were local chiefs, according to a former legislator. Peacekeepers recently escorted more than 1,200 Muslims out of the capital Bangui into relative safety. The attack was blamed on the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, whose 2013 seizure of power sparked the crisis. Since their leader Michel Djotodia was forced to step down as president in January, Christian militias have been waging revenge attacks on the Muslims. Why Samsung’s p≥ofits have declined Samsung Electronics has reported another quarterly decline in operating profits after sales of its mobile phones slowed. The The South Korean firm and the world’s largest smartphone maker has reported a 4 per cent fall in sales at its mobile phone unit. performance was largely blamed on smartphone sales easing back by 2.5 per cent in the period, amid stiff competition from the likes of Apple, which enjoyed a sales resurgence over the same period after its handsets became more widely available in China. Revenues in the sector fell to $32.3 billion in the January-toMarch period. It comes after operating profits fell 6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013. However, the operating profit for its mobile phone unit rose 18 per cent from the previous three months, partly due to the “positive impact from adjustments of oneoff expenses”. The success of its Galaxy range of smartphones has been one of the biggest drivers of Samsung’s growth in recent years. The News: The Ethiopian government last week charged nine people, including three journalists, with attempting to incite violence in the country. The Lowdown: Six bloggers and three journalists appeared in court on Sunday after they were arrested on April 25 and 26. Human and media rights groups accused Addis Ababa of cracking down on its critics. Human Rights Watch called on US Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited Ethiopia on Tuesday, to press for their release. In 2012, a prominent blogger and five exiled journalists were jailed for conspiring with rebels to topple the government. The News: Ten people have reportedly died in Somalia as a dry spell persists in the country, especially in the regions close to the border with Ethiopia. The Lowdown: The long rains, referred to as Gu in Somalia, were expected at the beginning of April but they failed. Reports said that militants loyal to Al Shabaab, the radical Islamist group, vandalised pumps from most community wells as they fled the African Union peacekeepers and government forces. Community-based organisations listed the worst hit areas as Jiracle, Beergadeed, Bundomadow, Qabno, Libile Madahmarodi, Omaad and Lasole. Samsung projects that sales The company also expects a But Samsung said it continues to realise “solid sales” for its higher-end phones — the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3. The company’s mobile devices business makes up over half of its revenue. boost in its earnings next quarter, with the launch of its newest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. of the S5 will surpass the S4, which sold over 10 million units in the first month after its launch last year.
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