New East Africa train link cuts travel time by 50 percent

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Subscribe to France 24 now: FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24 7 A $3. 4 billion Chinese-built railway linking the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the port city of Djibouti opened Wednesday, a boost to both African countries’ economies and an important milestone for Chinese investments in Africa. FRANCE24's François Picard joins Eric Olander, co-host of the China-Africa podcast Visit our website: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter. China sinks its claws into cash-strapped countries, and they won't be letting go any time soon. Do you have questions for Chris? Join us on Patreon for an opportunity to have Chris personally answer your most pressing questions in one of our videos and to get other exclusive rewards. Subscribe for more episodes! Make sure to share with your friends! ______________________________.

As scandals involving misbehaving monks rock the nation, 101 East examines if Thailand can save its moral soul. Nehn Kham was once a hugely popular monk preaching in Thailand's poor northeast region. Today, he is an international fugitive with a $32m fortune that he amassed through fraud. Buddhists around the world were shocked when footage emerged of the monk on a private plane, clutching a Louis Vuitton bag and fidgeting with high-end gadgets. His extravagance put him atop a long list of misbehaving monks making headlines in Thailand for fist fights, smuggling drugs, selling guns, hiding pornography and more. In response, Thailand's military junta has set up a 24-hour hotline for the public to report rule-breaking monks. But the junta is also proposing new laws to criminalise breaking any Buddhist rule - a move some fear is an over-reaction that would threaten religious freedom. 101 East exclusively reveals where Thailand's infamous jet-setting monk has been hiding, and meets those on a mission to save the country's moral soul. More from 101 East on: YouTube - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Website -.

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Lima, the capital of Peru, is a sprawling metropolis of about 10 million people. Known as the "city of kings", it was founded by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and became an important centre of the Spanish empire in South America. Over generations, people from around the world have settled in the vibrant city, resulting in a mix of cultures and cuisines. Previously Lima was not much more than a transit point for tourists going to the ancient city of Cusco and the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. But the tourism industry has grown and tourists are spending more time and money in Lima's restaurants. Peru's economy may be booming and the status of the nation's cuisine on the rise, but poverty is still rife. Gloria Villanueva Reyes is one of thousands of women working in Peru's many community kitchens providing the poor with food. "I am proud that our food is now famous but I feel bad at the same time because there are too many people who don't have the chance to eat it. If it would reach everybody, happiness would be complete. Unfortunately, we only see those recipes on television, " she says. Peru is a country full of contradictions and it is struggling to define its modern self. But with the emergence of cooking schools across the country, many young Peruvians hope to be able to contribute to the new wave of Andean cuisine and create a new gastronomic future for their families and their country. So are Peru's culinary traditions the key to a better future? Editor's note: This film was first broadcast on Al Jazeera English in 2008.

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