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Fri,19Dec2014

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Lobbying in Africa: Nightmare on K street

In November, a small army of earnest-looking Americans and Britons clutching an array of mobile phones and tablets will invade Abuja, Nigeria's capital. They are the rockstars of political spin, and they will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for their services over the next few months.

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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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Nigeria's last line of defence

The bombing of a mall in June was Boko Haram’s third attack on Abuja this year. Photo©Olamikan Gbemiga/AP/SIPAThe role of the military in fighting Boko Haram holds centre stage in politics after explosions in Abuja and Lagos. Security worries are mounting ahead of national elections planned for February 2015.

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Commodities: The Trade Challenge

With new rules and new markets, African companies are fighting for a bigger stake in the continent's resource bonanza. At the same time, multinational traders like Glencore are targeting Africa as they seek to control commodity value chains.

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Brazil-Africa: Trans-Atlantic ties

2003 was a watershed for Brazil and Africa, when shared sorrows gave way to a shared brighter future. As the FIFA World Cup kicks off, we look at what Africa can learn from Brazil's experiences as a rapidly developing country.

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Architecture: Africa in the making

David Adjaye’s master plan for central Libreville, GabonThe architect of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and the African American Museum in the United States, David Adjaye, talks about his vision for the African cities of the future.

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The battle for South Africa's Soul

Photo©Radu Sigheti/ReutersWith the ruling African National Congress certain of victory in the coming national elections, attention turns to the countervailing forces within the party, and to voters who differ sharply over their country's future political direction.

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