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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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Climate Change: Africa bites the dust in Lima

The Lima text was accepted by all parties - after the Africa group was conveniently excluded from consultations on a particular version of the text - even though it did not adequately address key issues that deadlocked the talks and the entire course of the discussion on the Durban Platform.

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Climate Change: Developing countries and the elusive funds

While diverging finance priorities among countries call for convergence among proposals to allow for a Lima draft of the 2015 agreement, ahead of the Paris conference, the real question is whether tedious processes to access climate funds will benefit developing country institutions?

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Climate Change: It's important that Africa does not pay the price

This week is when it is hoped that there may be some progress on some of the more contentious issues in the high level segment of the climate negotiations in Lima.

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Ukraine: Shifting borders for African migrants

Refugees caught trying to enter the EU await their fate at a Mukachevo detention centre. Photo©YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFPUkraine's porous borders make it a favoured entry point to the European Union (EU) for asylum seekers.

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Climate Change: Re-adapting agriculture

Predictions abound regarding the many ways in which climate change will affect life around the world, and in the grim contest over who will suffer the most, the people of sub-Saharan Africa may come out on top.

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Insurance: Rising African incomes entice big players

Photo©ReutersA growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa is enticing European and South African insurers to buy local firms focusing mainly on life insurance and pensions, in the face of mature markets and strong competition at home.

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