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Me-tooism approaches payback time - Hannibal

If your neighbours get a cheap loan to build their new railway, you are going to want one too. But Hannibal cannot help worrying about the flush of 'me-tooism' behind the flurry of African countries heading to the international sovereign debt markets.

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Booming middle class brings challenges, too

There are now over half a billion people in Asia who can be called middle-class, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

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Africa's Internet divide

Photo©ReutersCustomers in Africa often pay ten times more than those in Europe for broadband access, the ITU says.

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Oil, Liberia's hope for development

Photo©ReutersWhile oil could potentially accelerate the country's development, Liberians also remember that mismanagement of its forestry, gold and diamonds resources was one of the causes of the last war.

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South Sudan: A young nation divided

The SPLA army regained control of oil-rich Unity State in January. Photo©Andreea Campeanu/ReutersThe rivalry between the president and former vice-president engulfed the country in violence in December, and shows little sign of abating.

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Nigeria: Hail to the chief

Jonathan still has friends in the Delta, but can he take the country with him? Photo©All Rights ReservedHelicopters whirred overhead, masquerade dancers weaved through the crowd, police sharpshooters took up position, the red carpet unrolled and the band played on. Down the road, a giant hoarding informally launched the election campaign.

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Fighting for African peace - Anansi

Photo©ReutersThe ultimate contradiction in terms it may be, but there is a growing belief that 'fighting for peace' rather than apparently fruitless negotiations is the way to resolve some of Africa's long-standing conflicts. 

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