Players and Fans: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in pictures

The Africa Report brings you a selection of photographs from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea. 

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Afcon 2015: The boycott that never was

Photo©Taimour Lay/The Africa ReportIf anything the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has been a big public relations coup for Equatorial Guinea, and with the price of tickets as low as $1, an opposition call for a boycott has fallen on deaf years.

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2015 Africa Cup of Nations opening pulls in the crowds

Teams line up before kick off on the first day of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Bata. Photo©Taimour Lay/The Africa ReportFor hours Equatorial Guinea (E-G) fans, almost all clad in deep red, including one man in a tight frock and Christmas tinsel, had piled into Bata Stadium.

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Afcon 2015: Africa Cup of Nations - Scores and Updates (Côte d'Ivoire wins)

2015 Africa Cup of Nations - Fixtures, results, standings and scores.

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Afcon: Who's who at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

Afcon 2015: Mali supporters in Bata. Photo©Taimour Lay/ The Africa ReportThe 2015 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on mainland Equatorial Guinea on Saturday. The previous winners, Nigeria's Super Eagles, did not qualify, and Les Etalons of Burkina Faso (runners-up of the previous competition) are psyched up to clinch this year's trophy. But with four-time winners Ghana and Cameroon vying for victory, and Côte d'Ivoire fielding its four-time CAF African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Touré, nothing is certain. Taimour Lay shows you the strengths and weaknesses of this year's qualifying teams.

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Afcon 2015: Football against all odds

From kick-off on 17 January to the final on 8 February, The Africa Report will be bringing you the latest news and views from the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. Taimour Lay in Malabo previews a tournament that still captures the imagination of millions across the continent.

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Egypt moots gas imports from Israel

Sherif Ismail, Egypt's Oil Minister says gas imports from Israel were a possibility. Photo©ReutersIn a bid to tackle its energy troubles, Egypt's Oil Minister on Wednesday told a state-owned media that the North African country is open to importing gas from Israel, another sign that it may lean on its neighbour to help.

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Venezuela seeks backing from Algeria for stable oil price

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. Photo©ReutersVenezuela President Nicolas Maduro held talks on oil prices with Algerian authorities on Tuesday, on the latest leg of a so far unsuccessful diplomatic tour to try to persuade fellow OPEC states to prop up a sinking market.

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Oil may spring back up, above $70 next year

Arab OPEC producers expect global oil prices to rebound to between $70 and $80 a barrel by the end of next year as a global economic recovery revives demand, OPEC delegates said this week in the first indication of where the group expects oil markets to stabilise in the medium term.

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OPEC to seek 'consensual step' to halt oil price drop

Photo©ReutersAlgerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi on Tuesday said OPEC will seek a "consensual step" at its Thursday meeting as the group discusses a sharp drop in crude oil prices.

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A new beginning for Algeria's Sonatrach

Statoil workers will soon return to In Amenas (left), but Sonatrach CEO Abdelhamid Zerguine (above), was sacked in July. Photo©STATOIL/KJETIL ALSVIK/AFPThe appointment of new leadership and the results of the first bidding round since 2011 mark an opportunity for a company prone to delay and plagued by scandal.

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Manufacturing: Renault targets up to 75,000 vehicles per year at new Algeria plant

Photo©ReutersFrench carmaker Renault opened its first plant in Algeria on Monday at a cost of 50 million euros ($62 million) to boost its presence in Africa's second-biggest auto market.

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Algerian oil and gas field auction looks for foreign investors

Algeria relies heavily on energy exports for state income. Photo©REutersAlgeria will hold its first auction of oil and gas fields since 2011 on Tuesday as the OPEC member looks to offset flagging production and safeguard stable gas supply for Europe.

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Singapore-Africa: An island with continental ambitions

Singapore-listed Olam has planted 3,600ha of rice in Nigeria’s Nasarawa State. Photo©OlamSingapore will host its third biennial African trade summit in August, building on an already thriving business ecosystem.

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Algeria to launch $262 bln five-year investment plan

Photos@ReutersbouteflikaAlgeria will launch a new five-year investment plan worth $262 billion to boost domestic production and move its economy away from reliance on oil and gas, the government said.

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Algeria's Sonatrach replaces CEO

Abdelhamid Zerguine is no longer CEO of Algeria's Sonatrach. Photo©ReutersAlgeria's state energy company Sonatrach has replaced its chief Abdelhamid Zerguine with vice president for production Said Sahnoun.

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Anansi: Conundrums and Credibility

Our political insider throws the spotlight on four key issues this month: the monitoring of South Africa's elections by Ghana's political heavyweights; Algerian President, Bouteflicka's fight to to refind legitmacy; US John Kerry's deft diplomacy; and the fear of Ethiopia's Oromia.

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Algeria, Tanzania close to deal on oil, gas exploration

OPEC member and gas exporter Algeria is in advanced talks for a first deal to start oil and gas exploration in Tanzania. 

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Algeria says to start production from six gas fields

Photo©ReutersAlgerian state energy group Sonatrach expects to start production from six gas fields with a total capacity of 74 million cubic metres per day in the next three years, the official APS news agency reported on Sunday.

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The fight against dirty money goes global

When government appears unconcerned about corruption and illicit financial flows, citizens must find other ways to be heard, as in this striking street art in Nairobi’s central business district. Photo©Thomas Mukoya/ReutersTrade mispricing, money laundering and tax evasion are stripping more than $50bn a year from African state revenue. So says a detailed, new United Nations report coordinated by South Africa's Thabo Mbeki.

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