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Broken machines and broken trust in Nigeria

Cattle theft and conflict with farmers are just two of Fulani herders’ woes. Photo©Jacob SILBERBERG/PANOS-REAThe cattle industry in Nigeria will not take off unless more money is invested and more time is spent on addressing the conditions of pastoralist herding communities.

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Nigeria's real security vote

ahead of the 28 March elections, Nigerian troops have recaptured areas from Boko Haram in the troubled north-east, following a series of strikes aided by Chad, Niger and Cameroon. Photo©STR/AP/SIPAAfter years of little progress against Boko Haram, Nigeria's military – with the help of regional allies – has launched its most important offensive ahead of polls.

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Aviation: Airlines in West Africa seek capital and partners

Photo©ReutersCameroon state airline Camair-Co will use $50 million from African lender Ecobank to relaunch its operations, a senior executive said, as national carriers in West Africa seek cash and strategic partners to stay afloat.

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Banking: French bank targets Chinese investments in West Africa

Photo©ReutersFrench bank Societe Generale plans to expand its retail and commercial activities in West Africa to target increasing Chinese investments in the region, a bank executive said on Thursday.

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Ebola-stricken countries seek $6 bn in aid and debts cancellation

President Ernest Bai Koroma. Photo©ReutersThe Ebola-stricken nations of West Africa are asking international donors to cancel their debts and give them $5-6 billion over two years to rebuild their economies, devastated by the deadly disease, Sierra Leone's president said on Thursday.

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Ghana's inflation continues to rise

Ghana's inflation rate quickened to 16.6 percent in March from 16.5 the previous month due to rising food costs, the government has said.

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