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The birth of South Africa's new left

As the ruling ANC prepares for its big policy conference in June, it faces another challenge – a new alliance of radical trade unionists and grass-roots activists.

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2015: A year of action on climate change

Photo©Mikkel OSTERGAARD/PANOS-REAFor climate activists, all roads lead to Paris in December 2015, where the UN Climate.

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Charlie and Paris's suburbs

Photo©ReutersThey came in their hundreds of thousands. Jews, Muslims, Christians and atheists: Students, workers, the unemployed and the bourgeoisie. They said "I am Charlie." "I am Ahmed." (the policeman executed at Charlie Hebdo). "I am a Jew." Or, they just said nothing.

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African economies meet the "new mediocre"

Photo©ReutersJust as Africa seems ready to come to the dance floor, the lights come up, the bar runs dry and everyone starts looking for their coat.

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A popular uprising concentrates the minds of African leaders

President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda (L) President Paul Kagame, Rwanda (R)The game of thrones and succession planning in Africa was jolted by the spectacle on 31 October of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré fleeing the mass street demonstrations in Ouagadougou on a French helicopter for exile in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire.

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The Ebola fear factor and wake-up call

Girls in Voinjama, Liberia, look at a poster that displays information on Ebola  Photo©UNICEF/Liberia/JallanzoDespite having being ranked second and sixth among the 10 top countries with the highest economic growth rates in the world in 2013, Sierra Leone and Liberia are among the world's poorest. The Ebola epidemic has exposed the weakness of healthcare systems that have been neglected in many African countries for so long.

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Commodities: Analysts gaze into their crystal ball for 2015

Photo©Ken Gerhardt/Getty ImagesThe Africa Report reviews trends in the commodity sector to see which prices will rise and fall in the year ahead, as forecasts point to a global oil surplus.

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