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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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‘Dozens die’ in S Sudan cattle raid

19 April 2014 Last updated at 22:37 Cattle raids and revenge attacks have claimed thousands of lives since 2011 Dozens of people have been killed in a cattle raid in South Sudan’s northern Warrap state, local officials say. Around 28 civilians died during the attack on

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April 19th, 2014

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Niger country profile

7 November 2013 Last updated at 10:40 A vast, arid state on the edge of the Sahara desert, Niger endured austere military rule for much of its post-independence history and is rated by the UN as one of the world’s least-developed nations. The drought-prone country ...

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April 19th, 2014

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Nigeria profile

27 November 2013 Last updated at 10:29 After lurching from one military coup to another, Nigeria now has an elected leadership. But the government faces the growing challenge of preventing Africa’s most populous country from breaking apart along ethnic and religious ...

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April 19th, 2014

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Mozambique country profile

18 December 2013 Last updated at 15:47 Since independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique has been battered by civil war, economic mismanagement and famine. A peace deal in 1992 ended 16 years of civil war, and the country has made much progress in economic development and

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April 19th, 2014

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Namibia country profile

5 February 2014 Last updated at 15:30 Namibia, a large and sparsely populated country on Africa’s south-west coast, has enjoyed stability since gaining independence in 1990 after a long struggle against rule by South Africa. Germany took control of the area which it ...

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April 19th, 2014

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Egypt left-winger to challenge Sisi

19 April 2014 Last updated at 15:22 Mr Sabahi is the only challenger so far to the popular Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Egyptian politician Hamdeen Sabahi has officially submitted his candidacy in forthcoming presidential elections. Mr Sabahi, a left-winger who came third in the

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April 19th, 2014

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