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Is Africa’s young population a risk or an asset?

29 January 2014 Last updated at 08:21 Africa has more people aged under 20 than anywhere in the world and the continent’s population is set to double to two billion by 2050. Two analysts put forward rival arguments about what this means for the Africa. Researcher ...

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April 15th, 2014

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‘Domino effect’ of Rwanda genocide

10 April 2014 Last updated at 07:17 As Rwanda remembers the 20th anniversary of the genocide in which some 800,000 mainly ethnic Tutsis were killed, massacres of Hutus in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo have been forgotten, writes the BBC’s Maud Jullien. ...

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Seaweed

27 March 2014 Last updated at 17:46 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Mwanaisha Makame (L) says her income from seaweed is sharply down Seaweed – or Mwani in the Swahili language – has been one of Zanzibar’s key exports since the

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Letter from Africa: Ghana’s emergency rates

4 April 2014 Last updated at 08:52 In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene, a former government minister and member of the opposition, laments the lack of a maintenance culture in Ghana. There is a 19km (12 mile), two-lane dual ...

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How Nigeria will become Africa’s biggest economy

4 April 2014 Last updated at 00:02 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Will Ross reports from Lagos on Nigeria’s ‘true economic clout’ Nigeria is to “rebase” its gross domestic product (GDP) on Sunday 6 April, which ...

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VIDEO: Kenya first lady in marathon quest

Kenya’s first lady is in London, but she is not here for a state visit. Instead, Margaret Kenyatta is training for the London Marathon which is taking place on Sunday. Mrs Kenyatta is running to raise money for her ”Beyond Zero” charity, which aims to ...

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Pistorius trial sees Valentine card

15 April 2014 Last updated at 17:05 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Oscar Pistorius reads out the message in his Valentine card The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine’s card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended ...

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AUDIO: ‘Killing books’ in Libya

Mansour Bushnaf is a Libyan playwright who, at the age of 60 has just published his first novel in English. It is entitled Chewing Gum and explores a society that exists under a dictatorship, and the rhythmic act of chewing relentlessly continues as individuals, time and ...

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South Sudan rebels ‘seize’ oil hub

15 April 2014 Last updated at 13:56 South Sudan has been hit by instability since its independence in 2011 Rebel forces in South Sudan have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu from the government, their spokesman says. Oil companies should halt operations immediately and ...

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‘Mass abduction’ at Nigeria school

15 April 2014 Last updated at 17:26 Heavy security in north-eastern Nigeria has not stopped the attacks Around 100 girls are thought to have been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria, officials say. Gunmen reportedly arrived at the school in Chibok, Borno ...

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