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Barack Obama on Africa's fragile foundation

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the African Union. Phtoto©REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNSTUS President Barack Obama advised African leaders to respect their constitutions and condemned those who refuse to step down when their terms end, in an historic address to the African Union, in Addis Ababa, on Tuesday.

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FIFA's Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter under the spotlight

Sepp Blatter. Photo©Rex Shutterstock/SIPAAmidst international investigations into corruption at the global football organisation FIFA, the president is set to step down. African federations want to see his successor continue policies promoting the continent.

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African Ocean and Coasts - our heritage, our life, our destiny

Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili is a former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, a former Nigerian Education Minister and co-founder of Transparency International. Photo©ReutersAfrica has a combined coastline of over 47,000 km, and with that a vast ocean resource and potential new economic frontier. However it is under threat and in decline, writes Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili.

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Nigeria: Oil tanker industry seeks immediate end to ship ban

Photo©ReutersA ban on 113 oil tankers by Nigerian state oil company NNPC must be lifted immediately as no grounds have been given for the measure, the global oil tanker industry association said in a letter of protest.

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Banking: BRICS bank, NDB launches in Shanghai

Also known as the BRICS bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), launched on Tuesday, follows soon after the establishment of the China-led Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB).

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Copyright, an intellectual liberation

South African winemakers should smell the rooibos and protect their geographical uniqueness. Photo©René Mattes/Hemis.frIt is too late for Ethiopia – which takes credit for the discovery of the caffeinated red beans in its highlands a thousand years ago – to patent the invention of coffee, but it is now doing the next best thing.

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