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Potential crop catastrophies

Photo©Getty ImagesDrought for some, devastating rains for others: the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 11 million children in East and Southern Africa are at risk of hunger and disease due to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, caused by highwater temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

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Animation: Drawn in Africa

African animators' time has come. After being overlooked for decades, with traditional film a preference for investment, its commercial potential is starting to be tapped by advertising agencies, and artists are finding more opportunities to make a sustainable income from their creations.

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Taking on the oily-garchs of Nigeria

With oil accounting for 95% of exports in Africa's biggest economy, Nigeria's state oil company faces its biggest shake-up ever.

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IS rebels swoop on a divided Libyan state

The worsening confrontation in Libya is being fought militarily, politically and commercially, and will have consequences far beyond the country's borders in 2016.

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Plentiful polls across Africa in 2016, as old guard hold on to power at all costs

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFPThe year 2015 hosted a bumper crop of high-stakes elections, and 2016 brings more of the same. A major trend involves presidents seeking to hold on to power for as long as possible by almost any means necessary.

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One belt, one road to tie Asia to Africa and Europe

China's President Xi Jinping is keen to leave a global legacy. In 2013, he launched the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) programme – a reference to the Silk Road responsible for the Middle Kingdom's wealth in centuries past (see map).

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Agriculture: From copper to cows, a Zambian move

Photos© Adrià Fruitos for TARThe mining downturn is leading Zambia's government to look to agricultural development for opportunities

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