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Swaziland profile

19 December 2013 Last updated at 10:34 The kingdom of Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. The king rules by decree over his million subjects, most of whom live in the countryside and follow traditional ways of life. The power of the ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Tanzania country profile

19 December 2013 Last updated at 10:16 Tanzania has been spared the internal strife that has blighted many African states. Though it remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with many of its people living below the World Bank poverty line, it has had some success ...

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April 20th, 2014

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South Sudan profile

19 March 2014 Last updated at 15:22 South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. An overwhelming majority of South Sudanese voted in a January 2011 referendum to secede and ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Somalia profile

4 July 2013 Last updated at 14:31 Somalia was without a formal parliament for more than two decades after the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991. Years of anarchy followed the downfall of President Barre, and it was not until 2012, when a new internationally-backed ...

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April 20th, 2014

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South Africa profile

20 March 2014 Last updated at 14:08 Diversity is a key feature of South Africa, where 11 languages are recognised as official, where community leaders include rabbis and chieftains, rugby players and returned exiles, where traditional healers ply their trade around the ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Senegal profile

15 January 2014 Last updated at 16:39 Senegal has been held up as one of Africa’s model democracies. It has an established multi-party system and a tradition of civilian rule. Although poverty is widespread and unemployment is high, the country has one of the ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Seychelles profile

19 December 2013 Last updated at 17:21 After an ominous, post-independence start which saw them lurch from a coup, through an invasion by mercenaries to an abortive army mutiny and several coup attempts, the Seychelles have attained stability and prosperity. Citizens of the ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Sierra Leone country profile

19 December 2013 Last updated at 11:19 Sierra Leone, in West Africa, emerged from a decade of civil war in 2002, with the help of Britain, the former colonial power, and a large United Nations peacekeeping mission. More than 17,000 foreign troops disarmed tens of thousands ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Rwanda country profile

21 March 2014 Last updated at 14:35 Rwanda is a small landlocked country in east-central Africa which is in the process of recovering from major ethnic strife there in the mid-1990s. The country has been beset by ethnic tension associated with the traditionally unequal ...

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April 19th, 2014

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Sao Tome and Principe profile

25 June 2013 Last updated at 11:26 Sao Tome and Principe, once a leading cocoa producer, is poised to profit from the commercial exploitation of large offshore reserves of oil. But arguments have arisen over how to spend the expected windfall, leading to political tension. ...

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April 19th, 2014

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