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Wed,16Apr2014

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South Africa's President Zuma expresses dismay at ally's call to spoil vote

South African President Jacob Zuma says he feels betrayed that his former ally and former Intelligence minister, Ronnie Kasrils has called on voters and ANC members to spoil their ballots in next month's election.

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Algeria: The battles Bouteflika has won

A substantial military guard has protected the In Amenas plant since the 2013 hostage crisis. Photo©Tsuyoshi MATSUMOTO/AP/SIPAThe roots of Bouteflika's popularity go back to his bargaining with Islamist forces in the 1990s and restoring Algeria's pride. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika benefits from his dynamic past.

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Elections: The big men back Algeria's Bouteflika

An executive vice-president would relieve President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of physically demanding tasks. Photo©Ryad KramdiWeakened by a stroke in 2013, and despite his increasingly rare public engagements, 77-year-old Bouteflika remains the establishment's choice in April's presidential polls.

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Nigerian diplomacy reacts to Mugabe's remarks

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's jibe has sparked a diplomatic spar between Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Photo©ReutersNigeria has been drawn into a diplomatic war-of-words with Zimbabwe after unguarded remarks by Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe about corruption in the West African country angered Abuja.

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The ANC takes on all comers

He is the face on the election posters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), but other political and domestic commitments have held back President Jacob Zuma from doing much campaigning.

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Egyptian women struggle with constitutional freedom

A 2010 court decision barred Egyptian women judges from the State Council. Photo©ReutersEgyptian women have demanded rights, which were guaranteed during the writing of the new constitution, to be enforced and defended, as the country emerges from conflict.

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Deng Alor Kuol, South Sudan's dissident negotiator

Deng Alor Kuol. Photo©Morteza Nikoubazl/ReutersThe former cabinet minister who was arrested on charges of coup plotting on 16 December is now party to peace talks in Ethiopia and calling for a transitional government in South Sudan.

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