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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president said Wednesday that government negotiators and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on a peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours.
By Stella Mapenzauswa LUSAKA (Reuters) - With their country in post-election disarray over allegations of vote rigging and the economy in a tailspin, Zambians like pensioner Memory Musonda are struggling to cope and fear that help will not come soon. Depressed global commodity prices have slashed Zambia's receipts for copper, its top export, and in turn have caused a 9 percent fall in the kwacha currency against the dollar since April, exposing the economy's over-reliance on the metal. All of this has compounded the daily woes of ordinary Zambians like Musonda, 69, a retired school teacher, already grappling with soaring food bills and power shortages caused by a searing drought.