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African rulers' weapon against web-based dissent: the off switch

Management student Ndeye Mane Toure, uses an internet meeting site at a cyber cafe in Dakar, Senegal,  2006. Photo: REBECCA BLACKWELL/AP/SIPALong-standing African rulers fearful of popular protest and the use of social media to spread information are using various methods to shut down the internet to overcome their tech-savvy opponents, in a growing threat to democracy and economic activity in some of the world's poorest countries.

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Gabon proposes 2018 budget increase despite ongoing oil slump

President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon addresses the UN General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 21, 2017. Photo: Richard Drew/AP/SIPAGabon's government has proposed an 8 percent budget increase for 2018, although parliament could insist on a reduction as low crude prices continue to batter its oil-dependent economy.

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Liberia's former football star takes an early electoral lead

rsz sipa ap22116685 000002Arsene Wenger, the manager of Premier League club Arsenal, was the victim of fake news on Thursday morning. "I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia, George Weah," Wenger said at a press conference.

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Liberia's presidential election pits vice-president against ex-footballer

rsz sipa ap22115209 000005Liberia is awaiting the results of an election that will form a new government for the next six years.

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Liberia: What Hope for Human Rights?

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As the West African nation heads to the polls on 10 Otober to elect a new leader, human rights concerns that have long plagued the country remain

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AfDB to decide fate of $296 mln Ivorian Airbus purchase

A plane of Air Ivoire, from Ivory Coast on the ground at Marseille airport, France,Jan. 8, 2009.Photo:CLAUDE PARIS/AP/SIPAThe African Development Bank is expected on Wednesday to decide the fate of a $296 million financing package for Ivory Coast national airline Air Cote d'Ivoire's purchase of five new Airbus A320s, a bank document seen by Reuters showed.

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