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India pledges $600m to help Africa

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Modi described India and Africa as the ‘two bright spots of hope in the global economy’ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced $600m (£393m) in assistance for development projects in Africa at a major summit in ...

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October 29th, 2015

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US alarmed that Zanzibar poll scrapped

Image copyright AFP Image caption This is the first time an election in Zanzibar has been annulled The US says it is “gravely alarmed” by the scrapping of Zanzibar’s tightly contested presidential and parliamentary elections. The decision should be ...

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African army gears up for crisis intervention

Image copyright AFP An African army that can quickly respond to crises on the continent is about to become a reality, 13 years after its conception. From January 2016, the African Standby Force (ASF) will be able to intervene in cases of war crimes, genocide or crimes ...

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Eritrea footballers ‘gain asylum’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Eritrean team lost its match against Botswana earlier in October Botswana has granted asylum to 10 Eritrean footballers who refused to return home after a World Cup qualifying match, their lawyer says. Dick Barford said he had been ...

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Letter from Africa: South Africa’s student revolts

Image copyright AFP In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo considers the power of protest in South Africa. For 21 years democratic South Africa has been struggling to transform an education sector which had an inbuilt bias ...

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October 28th, 2015

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Fifa confirms election candidates

Seven candidates will stand in Fifa’s presidential election on 26 February. The candidates are: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Musa Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Michel Platini, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale. Trinidadian ex-footballer

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Four Fifa presidential hopefuls visit Caf

Four of the seven candidates eyeing the Fifa presidency in February’s elections have visited the Confederation of African Football (Caf) at its headquarters in Cairo this week. Africa is the largest voting bloc of Fifa’s six regional confederations, with 54 ...

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VIDEO: Ivory Coast’s baby food pioneer

Marie Diongoye Konate founded a company in Ivory Coast that specialises in baby food made from local products 21 years ago. After training as an architect and engineer, and having lived in Brazil, she realised that back home there was a tendency to “export what we ...

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Nigeria troops free Boko Haram captives

Image copyright AFP Image caption The group – made up of mainly women and children – was being held in the Sambisa forest Nigerian troops have rescued 338 people from Boko Haram Islamists, local officials say. The captives, mostly women and children, were being ...

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VIDEO: Living on grass and leaves in S Sudan

Four million people in South Sudan are at risk of famine, according to the United Nations. The UN is calling on all sides in the country’s civil war to grant unrestricted access to aid agencies as they try to prevent the deaths of many children. The BBC’s Yalda ...

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