Immigrants or Refugees: The limits of empathy

Photo©ReutersEurope's influx of migrants shows the perils of selecting groups of 'deserving' and 'undeserving'

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Open seas, broken borders

Photos©Olivier Jobard/MYOPThousands of migrants will die this year en route to Europe as politicians in Brussels squabble over how to deal with the arrival of people from Africa and the Middle East

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More cases of Ebola spreading in Europe "unavoidable", WHO says

More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) regional director said on Tuesday.

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Vodafone brings Africa's M-Pesa mobile money to Europe

Vodafone brought the mobile money service that has revolutionised banking in Africa to Romania on Monday, offering M-Pesa text-message transactions to millions of customers in its first push into Europe.

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Growing markets in and around Ghana

Seth Dei Co-owner and founding board member, Blue Skies Ghana. Photo©Billie McTernan for TARThe fruit processing business set up as a free-zone company for exports to Europe. Now, it sells locally, and has its eye on regional expansion. Seth Dei, Co-owner and founding board member of Blue Skies Ghana says the company is selling more than $100m annually and growing at 30% each year since its launch.

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Africa in 2064 – an Afrocentric future

illustration by emeric therondWith an African tech boom amidst continental unity and a meltdown in Europe, Stephen Chan imagines what Africa could be like in 50 years' time.

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African Development Bank, AfDB shines a new light on capital flight

See Full Map BelowIn step with new transparency laws in Europe and the US, the AfDB cites three ways to stop the disappearing act.

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Planting seeds of profit in Ethiopia

Roses harvested at the ET Highland Flora farm outside Addis Ababa arrive next day in Europe/Photo©ReutersGovernment incentives have given horticulture a growth spurt. But every rose has its thorns: now there's greater scrutiny and more red tape.

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Mobile subscriptions to exceed world's population by 2014 - Report

Current global mobile subscriptions of about 6.4 billion will exceed the world population in 2014, Ericsson's Mobility Report released this week has revealed.

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African Renaissance: Still an illusion?

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe announced a  $32 bn package for Africa from Japan to assist with infrastructural and human development as well as economic growth on the continent. The announcement was made at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD V); a bilateral summit between the continent's leaders and their Japanese counterpart which has been held every five years since 1993.

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Europe and the recialisation of African football

Ivorian international, Didier Drogba, one of the most technically gifted players in the Premier League, scoried 100 goals for Chelsea in just over 200 appearances/Photo©ReutersIn football, world football often means European football and the winner of the UEFA Champions League trophy is often described as the best club team in the world. Despite the remarkable performance of African players on the "international" scene, the recialisation of footballers from the continent continues unabated.

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2013 International tourist arrival to dip slightly – UNWTO Barometer

With an additional 39 million international tourists, up from 996 million in 2011, international tourist arrivals surpassed 1 billion for the first time in history in 2012/Photo©ReutersAlthough international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 reaching 1.035 billion, the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has forecasted a figure slightly below the 2012 level of between +3% to +4%.

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New plants strengthen local manufacturing capacity

The new Renault Tangiers plant aims to produce 340,000 vehicles a year by 2014/YANNICK BROSSARD/RENAULTMorocco and Algeria are trying to attract low-cost European operations in order to boost employment and the strength of local suppliers. In Tunisia equipment manufacturers are facing problems of their own.

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Carbon Credits: EU rules push African projects to seek new markets

Carbon markets aim to encourage sustainable development by allowing poorer countries to offset the greenhouse gas emissions of the rich worldRicher African countries will soon be shut out of European carbon markets and poorer ones are experiencing difficulties in accessing finance and meeting European Union standards.

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Never waste a crisis

After seeing the disarray among Western economies at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings in Tokyo, African officials may have recalled the advice coined by Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's former chief of staff: "You don't ever want a crisis to go to waste."

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Libya claws back sovereign assets

LAP Green is asking for $480m in compensation after Zambia seized a 75% stake in Zamtel/Photo©ATELJEEWhile the Libyan Investment Authority has been preoccupied with fighting seizures and losses in Europe, several African governments have taken a swipe at telecoms assets, with mixed success.

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Country Profile 2012: MAURITANIA

The opposition has sent a chill through the political environment by accusing the government of repression, discrimination and running a military regime disguised as a democracy.

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Outsourcing: The Indian connection and Africa

India still offers the cheapest BPO services/Photo©RexSIPAAs Africa struggles to position itself as an outsourcing destination for global clients in Europe and North America, Indian companies are raking in the few local contracts up for grabs.

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