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A New Era for Railways in Africa?

July 26th, 2016

Episode 785 of 1091 episodes

As an upgraded line funded by Chinese money opens in Nigeria, we ask who will benefit. The BBC's Mohammed Kabir Mohammed reports, and Andrew Grantham from Railway Gazette International tells us how Chinese companies are investing in railways across Africa. Also in the programme, web giant Amazon has the green light to test delivery by drone in the UK. BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott fills us in. The southeast African nation of Mozambique is poised to become a major world force in energy. Joe Brock from news agency Reuters explains the significance of an anticipated deal with Italy's ENI to get the country's huge gas reserves out of the ground. We hear from the chief executive of Britain's Royal Mint, Andrew Lawrence, why in an age of payment with plastic, profits at Britain's official coinmaker are up by 39%. Plus, new research shows that Dutch men are the tallest in the world, and getting taller over time, whilst in some sub-Saharan African countries, people are getting shorter. The BBC's Richard Collings asks whether size matters when it comes to getting on in life. (Picture: A new train in Nigeria. Picture credit: BBC.)

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