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Literature: Artists of the floating world

Teju Cole pacing the streets of New York – but his mind could be anywhere on the planet. Photo©ERIC MARTIN/FIGAROPHOTO.COMA generation on from the first Caine Prize, African writers have brushed aside the expectations of the past and claimed the freedom of a global audience. Everyday acts and the feeling that what happens here can happen anywhere propel their storytelling. The Africa Report meets three writers on the move.

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A case for Maternal health

Trainee midwives demonstrating the childbirth process using a birth simulator in Kampala, Uganda. Photo©UNFPA/Evelyn Kiapi Many women and babies still die during childbirth across Africa despite progress in some countries.

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2015: A year of action on climate change

Photo©Mikkel OSTERGAARD/PANOS-REAFor climate activists, all roads lead to Paris in December 2015, where the UN Climate.

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New archaeological discovery in Ethiopia to fill human species study gap

A new archaeological discovery may have uncovered evidence that could help fill gaps spanning hundreds of thousands of years and align the origin of human species in a chronological order.

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African Football: In a league of their own

Photo©William DuPuy/Picturetank, Visual/Icon Sport, William DuPuy/Picturetank, William DuPuy/Picturetank, Xinhua/Zuma/Visual Press agencyWith FIFA's new rules on signing, football academies across the continent are upping the African game, but is African flair being sacrificed for European rigour?

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Afcon: Who's who at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

Afcon 2015: Mali supporters in Bata. Photo©Taimour Lay/ The Africa ReportThe 2015 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on mainland Equatorial Guinea on Saturday. The previous winners, Nigeria's Super Eagles, did not qualify, and Les Etalons of Burkina Faso (runners-up of the previous competition) are psyched up to clinch this year's trophy. But with four-time winners Ghana and Cameroon vying for victory, and Côte d'Ivoire fielding its four-time CAF African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Touré, nothing is certain. Taimour Lay shows you the strengths and weaknesses of this year's qualifying teams.

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A French collateral damage

The collateral damage in France is the Muslim youth parked in the housing projects known as les cites: a European form of Bantustan. Photo©Reuters The man who got on a Parisian bus with me Wednesday was an Arab who had not shaven in four days. He had dark olive skin and kinky black hair and was visibly unbalanced: drugs? He sang to a popular tune "I'm going on Jihad. Won't you come on Jihad with me too?" He risks five years in prison and a 75 thousand euro fine.

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