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Lobbyists: Who's who in image consultancy

Lobbyists, consultants and advisers, these top 10 UK and US firms all have a finger in the African pie.

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Lobbying in Africa: Nightmare on K street

In November, a small army of earnest-looking Americans and Britons clutching an array of mobile phones and tablets will invade Abuja, Nigeria's capital. They are the rockstars of political spin, and they will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for their services over the next few months.

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Finance: Egypt's small borrowers have big potential

Low-tech entrepreneurs are queueing up for loans, but until the new law comes into force only banks and NGOs can offer them. Photo©Amr Dalsh/ReutersA new law permitting non-bank for-profit lending institutions may unleash a revolution in microfinance by allowing more actors and innovators to get involved.

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Egypt's al-Sisi embarks on a charm offensive

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo©ReutersEgypt has rebranded itself and its new leader on the international stage after holding strategic meetings with the Pope, and striking agreements with the French and Italian governments.



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OPEC to seek 'consensual step' to halt oil price drop

Photo©ReutersAlgerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi on Tuesday said OPEC will seek a "consensual step" at its Thursday meeting as the group discusses a sharp drop in crude oil prices.

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A new beginning for Algeria's Sonatrach

Statoil workers will soon return to In Amenas (left), but Sonatrach CEO Abdelhamid Zerguine (above), was sacked in July. Photo©STATOIL/KJETIL ALSVIK/AFPThe appointment of new leadership and the results of the first bidding round since 2011 mark an opportunity for a company prone to delay and plagued by scandal.

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