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Thu,30Jul2015

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Art In a sinking city, Africa shines

Clockwise: Wangechi Mutu; Sammy Baloji in front of The Other Memorial; Okwui Enwezor Not without controversy, Okwui Enwezor's Venice Biennale has focused the art world on African talent and challenges artists to "speak their truth".

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A vengeful sentence for a 'Blood diamonds' journalist

Rafael Marques de Morais. Photo©H. Coroado/ReutersIf the six-month suspended sentence handed down in late May to Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais for criminal defamation was designed to silence the activist, it has had quite the opposite effect.

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Zimbabwe sees growth prospects despite trade deficit tumble

Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwe's finance minister. Photo©ReutersZimbabwe says it is putting in place policies to stimulate economic growth after the trade deficit widened to $1.83 billion from $1.76 billion in the first half of the year.

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African Development Bank: New leadership, same direction

Adesina, the bow-tied bureaucrat who’s tough on wealth inequality. Photos©Renaud Vandermeeren / Vincent Fournier for JAThe Bank chose Akinwumi Adesina as its new president in May. The Nigerian says his priorities are infrastructure, private-sector lending and inclusive growth.

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Barack Obama on Africa's fragile foundation

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the African Union. Phtoto©REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNSTUS President Barack Obama advised African leaders to respect their constitutions and condemned those who refuse to step down when their terms end, in an historic address to the African Union, in Addis Ababa, on Tuesday.

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Finance: Zimbabwe electronic transfers to hit $50 bn

Photo©ReutersZimbabwe's monetary authorities project electronic payments to hit the $50 billion mark by year-end as total electronic money balance stood at $60 million as at July 24.

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