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Zambia profile

13 February 2014 Last updated at 16:24 Zambia, in south-central Africa, is the continent’s biggest copper producer and home to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Victoria Falls – also known locally as the ”Smoke that ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Algeria militants kill 14 soldiers

20 April 2014 Last updated at 15:36 Islamist militants have killed 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a convoy in mountains east of the capital Algiers, security officials say. Reuters news agency reports the troops were searching for militants in Tizi Ouzou region when ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Togo profile

29 January 2014 Last updated at 09:43 Togo, a narrow strip of land on Africa’s west coast, has for years been the target of criticism over its human rights record and political governance. Tensions spilled over into deadly violence when its strong-arm, veteran leader ...

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April 20th, 2014

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Sudan country profile

26 October 2013 Last updated at 11:19 Sudan, once the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, split into two countries in July 2011 after the people of the south voted for independence. The government of Sudan gave its blessing for an independent

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April 20th, 2014

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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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