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Islamic finance: Searching for Sukuk

South Africa, where Absa and Barclays offer Islamic banking services, plans to issue its first sovereign sukuk this year. Photo©Dean Hutton/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesAfrican governments are looking to sharia-compliant financial markets to attract investment from the Middle East. The trend is just gathering strength, and experts expect more funds to flow into infrastructure and other major projects.

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African Angles - No sorrow for Sarko

Former French President, Nicolas SarkozySchadenfreude sweeps a Cameroonian village as police question former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

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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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Nigeria's litmus test poll

Governor Kayode Fayemi (APC) goes for the thinking man’s vote. Photo©Ehi EmhonyonWith a contentious past, and vocal in its criticism of President Jonathan's government, there is more at stake in Ekiti State than just the governor's seat. The Africa Report goes on the campaign trail.

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Moulay Hicham, Morocco's rebel prince

Moulay Hicham King Mohammed VI’s cousin and the third in line to the Moroccan throne. Photo©SAMUEL KIRSZENBAUM/MODDSKing Mohammed VI's cousin and the third in line to the throne has written a scathing book about the need ford democratization in Morocco, but critics say that he benefits greatly from the monarchy.

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African Angles: That age-old Hypocrisy over Ukraine

Anti-Yanukovich protesters wave a Ukranian flag atop a Ukranian Army Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) outside the parliament building in Kiev February 27, 2014. Activists gathered outside parliament in Kiev as deputies vote for a new national unity government to govern the country until elections in May. Photo©ReutersThe US government is stuck in a Cold War mentality and using Ukraine for its own geopolitical goals.

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The fight against dirty money goes global

When government appears unconcerned about corruption and illicit financial flows, citizens must find other ways to be heard, as in this striking street art in Nairobi’s central business district. Photo©Thomas Mukoya/ReutersTrade mispricing, money laundering and tax evasion are stripping more than $50bn a year from African state revenue. So says a detailed, new United Nations report coordinated by South Africa's Thabo Mbeki.

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