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Decriminalizing of drugs, the only pathway

Marijuana sits in a bowl from which it is packaged and sold to customers, at The Station, a medical and retail cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Brennan Linsley/AP/SIPADrug trafficking and the black market are, to a large extent, a direct consequence of the international drug control system and the national laws that are derived therefrom.

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Nigeria central bank suspends nine banks from foreign exchange market

Photo©Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPANigeria's central bank has suspended nine banks from the interbank currency market for failing to remit money owed to the government, according to banking sources.

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Nigeria says several senior Boko Haram leaders killed in air strike

A screen-grab taken from video released by Boko Haram. Photo: AP/SIPASeveral key figures in Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgent group were killed in an air strike, the Nigerian Air Force announced on Tuesday, adding the Islamist’s leader Abubakar Shekau may have been among the dead.

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IMF evaluates Ghana's fiscal outlook, could review assistance program

Photo©Yuri Gripas/ReutersThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) is evaluating Ghana's fiscal outlook for the rest of 2016 and will consider the third review of the country's $918 million assistance programme next month subject to the outcome, the Washington-based lender said on Monday.

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Nigeria's Buhari to ask for emergency powers to revive economy - source

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo©Frank Augstein/AP/SIPANigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will ask parliament for extra powers for one year allowing him to take "emergency" decisions to revive the flagging economy, a government source said on Monday.

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Ghana to get a $1.2bn ultra-modern ecotourism park in its capital city

Visitors walking along the canopy walk, a series of foot bridges suspended 30 meters in the air over the treetops, in Kakum National Park, Ghana. File Photo©Olivier Asselin/AP/SIPAGhana has decided to convert one of its forest reserves – Achimota Forest – into a world-class recreational facility and a major tourism destination hub in West Africa at a cost of $1.2 billion.

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