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China, Africa ink $17 bln preliminary cooperation pacts

China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Sandton, Johannesburg, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoChinese companies and banks agreed preliminary deals with African counterparts on $17 billion worth of cooperation in sectors including infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals and information technology, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday.

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The stuck-fast presidents

Chad's President Idriss Déby©ISSOUF SANOGO/AFPSome things just never seem to change. That is what voters stuck in the groundhog day of endless presidencies may have felt early this year.

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Do female African journalists get the respect they deserve?

The Committee to Protect Journalists' 2016 edition of Attacks on the Press focuses on gender-based attacks on journalists, a problem compounded by fear of discrimination in the workplace if the victims speak out.

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Wildlife and food security as drones keep watch

A hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers, Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Cordova, Md, U.S. Photo© Alex Brandon/AP/SIPADrones are being used in Africa today to track poachers, to gather vital agricultural information to help farmers with their crops, and as an intelligence tool to help the military anticipate and prepare against danger.

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Tax avoidance: how it works and how to stop it

Illustration © Christophe ChauvinThe Panama Papers have put the spotlight on tax avoidance once again. This is, of course, not a new issue. Before that, we had Swiss Leaks and BVI Leaks. You may be asking: how does tax avoidance work and why have policymakers struggled to rein it in?

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Papa Wemba: A rumba ambassador with an angelic voice

The late Papa Wemba ©STR/AFPPopular singer Papa Wemba woke the world up to the urban sounds of Kinshasa and spawned the flamboyant dress style known as 'la sape'. The story of Papa Wemba's journey to superstardom reads like something from a work of fiction.

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