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Fri,24Nov2017

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Mobile technology: Time to rethink Universal Service Funds

Mani Manimohan, Director for public policy, GSMA. Photo©Ben PhilliPsThe mobile sector in Africa has witnessed unprecedented growth in recent years.

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Northern Nigeria: An Iranian haven's future implications

Weapons and ammunition seized from suspected members of Islamist rebel force Boko Haram are displayed during a military patrol in Hausari village, near Maiduguri, Nigeria, June 5, 2013. Photo©ReutersNigeria could face another terrorist threat posed by the pro-Iranian Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), whose apparently deepening ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hezbollah signals further danger for a region that is already unstable.
According to the Combatting Terrorism Centre at Westpoint, the IMN serves as an extension of Iran's foreign policy in Nigeria.

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Water Solutions: Power for Ethiopia, Water for Egypt

Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a $4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 kms from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

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Hannibal on the Slowdown in the Zambian mining sector

Photo©ReutersWith new regulations frightening investors, miners are threatening redundancies, which could cause widespread labour unrest.

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DRC: Kabila after Kabila, encore?

Kabila became president after his father Laurent Kabila was assassinated before being elected in 2006 and 2011. Photo©ReutersThe rumours and rumblings over Joseph Kabila's succession planning are reaching fever pitch, with many expecting the president to change the constitution.

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African Union and the ICC: Standing for human rights or against?

African countries have actively supported the ICC and nominated Africans to the positions of ICC judges including the current ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda from GambiaPoliticians stoked the inter-ethnic violence that engulfed Kenya following the disputed Presidential election result in December 2007. Today, it is politicians who seek to take African countries out of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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