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Fri,31Oct2014

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Libya: Unidentified aerial bombardments drag region into conflict

The attacks in Misrata failed to halt the islamist advance. Photo©MAHMUD TURKIA/AFPSeptember brought signs that North African governments and their regional allies may have embarked on a generalised conflict for control of an atomising Libya – creating a new DRC-type conflict where regional players line up to intervene in a mineral-rich but failing state.

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Zambia: Legacy of a no-show president

Sata on view at the opening of parliament. Photo©AFPPresident Michael Sata's death and the ineligibility of interim president Guy Scott to run for office in the next presidential election is fuelling speculation about the succession.

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Burkina Faso's Blaise Campaore says his last word

Burkina Faso President, Blaise Campaore finally says adieu but not without a last word. Photo©ReutersBlaise Campaore's 27 year rule was brought to an eventful end after unrelenting demonstrations against a bid to extend his reign as president of Burkina Faso. But the country's long road to democratic rule has only just begun.

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South Africa: We need a person who will arrest Jacob Zuma - Julius Malema

Julius Malema, Commander-in-chief, Economic Freedom Fighters. Photo©Daniel Boshoff for TARTo judge by the reaction of the ruling African National Congress, the militant tactics of Julius Malema and the EFF are hitting their targets. In this exclusive interview, Malema explains why he is pressing President Jacob Zuma to repay state funds spent on his Nkandla homestead.

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Zambia's succession battle at full throttle ahead of 2016 elections

The Late Michael Sata (R) and Interim President Guy Scott. Photo©Lusaka VoiceThe appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia's interim president following the death of President Michael Sata is only the beginning of a long internal succession struggle.

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Nigeria's game of thrones

Photo© Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters/Photo Montage: Christian Kasongo for TARVeteran politicians regard national elections as monumental, epoch-changing events, often reaching into history for parallels such as power struggles in the Yoruba kingdoms or Shakespeare's history plays. This time they are not exaggerating, judging by the build up to the Nigerian elections due next February.

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Nigeria: What happens after the elections in 2015?

Nigerians are bracing for three possible scenarios as the west African country gets ready to hit the polls in February 2015.

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