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Sat,23Feb2019

In Depth

Ethiopia: ethnic challenges to national unity

Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPA
An old empire may well be unwinding. The new administration is struggling to restrain communities demanding greater independence – and the tensions that this is generating.

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Rival parties play blame game after election delay

AP/SIPA

Rival parties have resumed campaigning following the electoral commission’s announcement – just six hours before voting was due to start on 16 February – that the presidential elections would be delayed for a week because of late distribution of election materials for Nigeria’s 84 million voters across the country. 

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Nigerian election special: Insecurity on the eve of polls

Deborah Peter/AP/SIPA

Boko Haram splinter group ISWAP has been stockpiling weapons ahead of the vote

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EDUCATION | A free and compulsory policy-making challenge for African governments

ANNIBAL/DPA/AFP
Ghana and Sierra Leone (see page 48) are the latest African governments to expand the provision of free and compulsory state education, shining a light on problems of poor teacher training, the lack of classrooms and the need for school feeding programmes.

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MINING | Mozambique, Glittering graphite

HUGH BROWN/BATTERY MINERALS
The growing market for electric cars has turned lowly graphite into a hot commodity and promises to put lead in the pencil of the cash-starved government in Maputo

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MINING | A big, green mining machine

HOC/OCP
In a decade Morocco’s OCP Group, the formerly state-owned phosphate-mining firm, has become the kingdom’s behemoth. It is spending big on research, and expanding production and processing capacity, in order to grab more of the international market

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