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Palm oil punch-up in Liberia

Photo©ROB MCNEIL/CIThe fight between David and Goliath rolls on in Liberia as industrial agribusiness steamrolls over local communities.

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Ghana's President Mahama sworn in 



President John Mahama of GhanaGhana President John Dramani Mahama was on Monday sworn into office together with his Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur at a ceremony attended several African leaders.

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Africa CEO Report: Building a better business

Photo©JACOBS STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY IMAGESAfrican CEOs are working in difficult times, dealing with inefficient governments, a lack of skilled workers and weak infrastructure. Some of the continent's business leaders talked to The Africa Report about how they are tackling these challenges on the ground.

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Nigeria: Affirmative action for women in politics

Despite Africa having seen two Nobel Peace prizes for women, a second serving female president and the first female head of the African Union Commission, the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap 2012 report indicates that 10 of the 21 countries with the highest inequality between men and women are in Africa.

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Côte d'Ivoire: No reconciliation, No peace

Côte d’Ivoire’s border with Ghana was closed against Gbagbo sympathisers/Photo©SIA KAMBOU/AFPThirty armed men attacked the Azito thermal power plant in Abidjan in the early hours of the morning on 15 October. Gunmen started up a series of attacks on government institutions and infrastructure in August as loyalists to former President Laurent Gbagbo regroup.

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A hot and cold 2012 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Mo Ibrahim is chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation/Photo©Reuters The sixth Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), published on Monday, reveals that while governance in Africa has improved since 2000, the continent's regional powerhouses – Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa – have shown a poor governance performance since 2006.

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Country Profile 2012: LIBERIA

After winning Liberia's crucial elections in October-November 2011, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf faces the challenge of the slow withdrawal of peacekeepers and a newly hostile political environment.

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Iron ore drives Liberia's extraction boom

Two decades of civil war and rust were swept away when ArcelorMittal reactivated Liberia’s iron ore mines; 1m tn have now been exported/Photo©Getty ImagesAs ships full of iron ore leave Liberia for the first time since the end of the civil war, oil exploration offshore is attracting interest from big investors.

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Youths need a future - President of Liberia

President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson SirleafThe Nobel Peace Prize winner has received her fair share of criticism at home in the form of youth riots and allegations of conflict of interest.

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Liberia's growing pains

Despite investment by companies like ArcelorMittal, only 20% of the workforce is in the formal sector/Photo/LUC GNAGO/REUTERSPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf faces a fractious political environment and gaping infrastructure deficits as her government tries to attract foreign investors to boost employment.

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Liberian land for sale but Liberians are the last informed

Map of LiberiaThe rush for Liberia's resource-rich land is on. Since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's election in 2006, more than one-third of it has been granted to investors for agriculture, logging, forestry and mining operations.

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