LUSAKA, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The following are news highlights in Zambia's major media outlets on Friday.
-- About 50 percent of prostitutes in Zambia are HIV positive, results of a survey released by the National AIDS Council, a government agency coordinating HIV programs.
According to the results, Zambia had about 18,000 sex workers, with 56.8 percent of them living with the HIV virus. (Time of Zambia)
-- Some political parties have said they will not attend the launch of national dialogue meant to deal with contentious issues in Zambia's politics.
About 31 political parties will not take part in the launch of he dialogue being spearheaded by the church until a proper roadmap and agenda is agreed upon, the Zambia Center for Interpart Dialogue, a coalition of political parties said. (Zambia Daily Mail)
-- Mining firms in Zambia have reaffirmed their commitment to dialogue with the government over newly introduced taxes.
Goodwell Mateyo, president of the Zambia Chamber of Mines said the firms were still waiting or the government to communicate a date for the talks.(Daily Nation)