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East & Horn Africa

200 Ethiopian volunteers to join West Africa Ebola fight

Photo©ReutersIn response to an urgent appeal by the African Union for medical staff to avert West Africa's health crisis, Ethiopia has pledged to send 200 volunteer health workers to countries hit by the Ebola outbreak.

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Education: We are what we teach

Photo©Jacques Torregano/Fedephoto for JATo avoid a crisis in a few decades' time, governments must act now in order to improve schools and protect the economic advances made since the 1990s. That means developing a new generation of schools that teach students the skills needed for the future and the critical thinking to avoid the mistakes of the past.

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Education: Private solutions for public gaps

Learning by numbers: the low-cost schools depend on a large pupil base. Photo©Bridge International AcademiesChains of low-cost private schools are springing up from Kenya to South Africa.

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Somali port to get facelift

Photo©ReutersThe Somali government's grand vision for Mogadishu port under its new Turkish managers sees modern container ships replacing wooden dhows, new cranes easing the back-breaking work of porters and a surge in state revenue as traffic rises.

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DR Congo: Activist to receive top European award

Winner of the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Congolese gynecologist, Denis Mukwege Mukwege was also a front-runner for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Photo©ReutersCongolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege has landed Europe's top human rights after award after 16 years of campaigning to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war, providing care for rape victims, and surviving an assassination attempt.

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No measurable benefit in DRC tax hike in new mining code - Mark Bristow

Mark Bristow, the CEO of gold miner Randgold Resources Ltd says DRC can't afford to make itself even less competitive than it is today.The Democratic Republic of Congo's focus on maximising short-term tax revenues risks squandering long-term mining prospects, the chief executive of one of its largest mining investors warned on Wednesday.

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