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Tue,22Apr2014

West Africa

Transport infrastructure before development

A train in Madagascar. Photo©Yosef Hadar/World BankWhile African governments and development partners are investing more in roads and rails infrastructure much more needs to be done for any meaningful socioeconomic impact to be made.

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Senegal: Turkish embassy construction fuels protests amid Dakar property boom

President Macky Sall's government has been accused by some rights groups of riding roughshod over civil liberties by banning and dispersing protests. Photo©ReutersProtests over the construction of a new Turkish embassy in the Senegalese capital Dakar have highlighted anger in the West African nation over a property boom that is swallowing the coastline and squeezing ordinary people's budgets.

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Gbagbo's long shadow on Côte d'Ivoire's politics

the opposition has its eyes on elections in 2015. Photo©ReutersThe supporters of the former president are slowly reforming the opposition.

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Energy: Ghana's gas processing plant at the end of the rainbow

The Kwame Nkrumah FSPO unit reflects high hopes at Jubilee. Photo©TullowAfter a series of delays and technical problems affecting the whole value chain, the state-owned petroleum company's new chief executive promises lift-off in July.

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Licensing: More for governments, less for companies

The latest rounds of oil exploration licences have greater strings attached. Photo©Peter Langer/Design Pics/Corbis Analysts worry that Africa will become less attractive for exploration as states try to get more from the oil and gas sectors.

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Africa and the sick men of Europe

There is this knotty problem in European-African relations, and one side is really losing the plot.

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