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Wed,18Oct2017

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From Rwanda to the world

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RwandAir is in the midst of an ambitious expansion plan that would see it serve four continents, as the airline seeks a new chief executive to lead the way

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Proxy warfare

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Allies of Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting it out in Nigeria, with the government repressing the Shia organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in a move reminiscent of the conflict that radicalised the Boko Haram Islamist militancy.

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Cameroon: Staying power

Cameroon President Paul Biya waves after casting his vote during the 2011 presidential elections. Photo by Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPA

Some of 83-year-old President Biya’s supporters want him to continue in office for another term in 2018 while others are calling for an early vote. With the government intimidating the opposition, there is little chance of Biya’s critics being able to push back against it

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Mauritius: Tax-haven twilight

India and Mauritius have cultural links, but that doesn’t change the bottom line. Photo©George Michel/AP/SiPAIndia and Mauritius have ended a fiscal agreement responsible for billions of dollars of investment passing through Mauritius each year. With the threat that other countries may want to do the same, the government is looking for new ways to promote growth outside the offshore financial sector.

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DRC's rebel stalemate

With the surrender of M23 in 2013, the vacuum has been filled by dozens of other armed groups. Photo©James Akena/ReutersAn estimated 70 militia groups are active in eastern DRC, with a spate of clashes in recent months. As the tally of displaced people rises, UN and government forces seem unable to shift the balance of power.

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A mining code you can live by in DRC

Banro, owner of the Twangiza mine, is keen to retain the status quo. Photo©Philip MostertReforms of mining legislation have stalled once again after an angry reaction by companies who say taxes are still too high while commodity prices are low.

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Agribusiness: Flour sector tests investor appetite

A bag of flour costs 21% more than it did a year ago. Photo©Akintunde Akinleye/ReutersForeign firms are attracted by Nigeria's sizeable middle classes, but companies in the flour sector are having a hard time of it as the competition heats up.

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