Chancellor George Osborne will announce increased spending on housing on Wednesday, saying the government will support private developers and local authorities to encourage the construction of around 400,000 new homes. The announcement is part of Osborne's broader plans for government spending which he is due to unveil later in the day. The spending review will detail four more years of deep spending cuts in other areas of public spending.
By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) with immediate effect, but campaigners said on Tuesday a law is needed to "save countless lives" in the West African nation where three-quarters of women have been cut. Jammeh announced the ban late on Monday during his annual tour of the country, Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said in a Facebook post. "(Jammeh) has declared in the last few minutes that FGM or female circumcision has been banned in The Gambia with immediate effect!!!" he wrote.
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China is set to announce new aid to African nations when President Xi Jinping visits Zimbabwe and South Africa next month, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday. The trip is likely to boost China's relations with Africa, which supplies oil and raw materials such as copper and uranium to the world's second-largest economy. China is Africa's largest trading partner and the trade volume between them amounted to $220 billion in 2014, according to China state news agency Xinhua.