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S2.2bn

The amount US-based General Electric (GE) could invest in overhauling a Nigerian railway concession. The investment will mean GE will revamp, provide rolling stock, and manage some of the country's railways.

$75bn

The amount that a consortium of oil firms including ExxonMobil must pay in fines to Chad over unpaid royalties. The figure is nearly four times greater than BP's record Deepwater Horizon settlement.

S100m

The cost of a temporary US military base for surveillance drones in Agadez, central Niger. The drones will target militant groups in West Africa including the jihadist group Boko Haram.

12hrs

The time it now takes to travel from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, to Djibouti, following completion of Africa's first electrified cross-border railway. The journey to the Red Sea port previously took three days by road.

450000

The number of deaths caused by household air pollution in Africa in 2013, according to a recent OECD report. The estimated economic cost of premature outdoor air pollution deaths in Africa from 1990 to 2013 was around $215bn.

21

The number of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram. The militant group seized more than 270 girls in April 2014 from a school in northeast Nigeria, triggering...

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