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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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Africa's big spenders, hedged bets and cushy jobs - Anansi

With South Africa's ANC officials spending as much as R1m on luxury wheels, the chorus against graft is reaching a crescendo. In Algeria, one politician is betting on President Bouteflika's full recovery. And as lord mayor of Kampala licks his wounds after his impeachment, civil societies in Gabon question a former US ambassador's new job.

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North Africa - Change, three years young

Optimistic Egyptians wait to vote on the new constitution. Photo©KHALED DESOUKI/AFPIt is now three years since the youth of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya catalysed the great upheavals of the North African uprisings.

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