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    Kenya’s Been Railroaded, Perhaps in a Good Way

    It’s no bullet train, but it hit the target. When Kenya’s new 75-mph Madaraka Express opened on May 31, it was 18 months ahead of schedule and twice as fast as existing colonial-era trains. The five-hour Nairobi-Mombasa trips have been sold out since, sparing passengers 11-hour bus rides through notoriously deadly traffic. But 85 percent of the project was financed by a Chinese bank, raising concerns about foreign indebtedness — not to mention the future of elephants whose migration routes cross the line.

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