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The Africa Report: 18 July

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Long-distance champion Haile Gebrselassie plans to enter the Ethiopian political arena

SLOW CHINESE ECONOMY HURTING AFRICA

The biggest foreign direct investors in Africa, the Chinese, are experiencing a slowing GDP growth that is expected to negatively impact the African continent.

China's growth is predicted at 7.5% for 2013 and 2014, which is higher than the 5.5% predicted for sub-Saharan Africa, but it is the slowest it has been for the Chinese economy in 23 years.

Countries such as Angola and Zambia will experience a decline in copper and crude sales to China.

The Chinese remain the largest investor and largest buyer of African resources.

Fortunately for Africa, this also presents a chance to catch up as the 5.5% growth matches that of China's ten years ago and that of Brazil and India more recently.

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OUT OF THE OLYMPIC ARENA AND INTO THE POLITICAL ONE

Holder of 27 world records, two Olympic gold medals and four World Championships, the man often regarded as the greatest long distance runner of all time, Haile Gebrselassie, has announced his plans to enter the political realm by standing in the next elections.

The popular Ethiopian figure plans to begin his journey into politics by running for the country's legislative elections in two years' time.

It is expected that Gerselassie will focus on the human rights violations occurring in the Omo Valley, as reported by progressive think tank, the Oakland Institute, where huge numbers of people are being forcibly removed from the area in order for the government to build a dam.

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CONGO TOUGHENS ATTACK ON REBELS

On Wednesday, the Democratic Republic of Congo's army hardened their offensive line against the M23 rebels in the country's volatile east.

The military bombed areas just north of the city of Goma.

On Sunday, more than 60,000 Congolese fled the region to escape the fighting, seeking refuge in neighbouring Uganda.