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Equatorial Guinea profile

21 March 2014 Last updated at 11:57 Equatorial Guinea is a small country off West Africa which has recently struck oil and which is now being cited as a textbook case of the resource curse – or the paradox of plenty. Since the mid 1990s the former Spanish colony has ...

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April 18th, 2014

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Democratic Republic of Congo profile

11 March 2014 Last updated at 12:34 A vast country with immense economic resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has been at the centre of what some observers call “Africa’s world war”. This has left it in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. ...

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April 17th, 2014

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Djibouti profile

22 December 2013 Last updated at 13:14 Controlling access to the Red Sea, Djibouti is of major strategic importance, a fact that has ensured a steady flow of foreign assistance. During the Gulf War it was the base of operations for the French military, who continue to ...

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April 17th, 2014

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Egypt profile

1 April 2014 Last updated at 16:11 Long known for its pyramids and ancient civilisation, Egypt is the largest Arab country and has played a central role in Middle Eastern politics in modern times. In the 1950s President Gamal Abdul Nasser pioneered Arab nationalism and the ...

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April 17th, 2014

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French troops free Mali aid workers

17 April 2014 Last updated at 20:20 Islamist militants controlled the town of Gao between April 2012 and January 2013 French troops in Mali have freed five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country in February. The five were released in a raid near the ...

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April 17th, 2014

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Republic of Congo profile

25 June 2013 Last updated at 16:08 Civil wars and militia conflicts have plagued the Republic of Congo, which is sometimes referred to as Congo-Brazzaville. After three coup-ridden but relatively peaceful decades of independence, the former French colony experienced the ...

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April 17th, 2014

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Comoros country profile

26 June 2013 Last updated at 11:38 Potentially a holiday paradise with picture-postcard beaches, the Comoros islands are trying to consolidate political stability amid tensions between semi-autonomous islands and the central government. A history of political violence has ...

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April 17th, 2014

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VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg

Forensics expert, Roger Dixon, resumed his testimony on Thursday during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. He was shown the prosthetic leg belonging to Mr Pistorius, which the athlete had allegedly used to kick the bathroom door. A portion of the prosthesis had been cut ...

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April 17th, 2014

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Chad profile

15 January 2014 Last updated at 15:34 A largely semi-desert country, Chad is rich in gold and uranium and stands to benefit from its recently-acquired status as an oil-exporting state. However, Africa’s fifth-largest nation suffers from inadequate infrastructure and ...

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April 17th, 2014

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Parents seek Nigeria kidnap girls

17 April 2014 Last updated at 16:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Will Ross reports on the abduction of dozens of teenager girls in Nigeria The parents of some of the girls abducted from a school in north-east Nigeria have headed into the ...

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April 17th, 2014

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