Mozambique Country Profile 2015: New man, same party, fresh challenges


Managing resource wealth from the energy sector and a more politically divided country in the aftermath of a rebellion by the Resistência Nacional de Moçambicana (Renamo) party will dominate events in 2015.

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Democratic Republic of Congo - DRC Country Profile 2015: Presidential wait-and-see

altPresident Joseph Kabila celebrates his 14th anniversary as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 26 January 2015.

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Mali Country Profile 2015: No peace, no reconciliation

altThe optimism around President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's (IBK) arrival in power in September 2013 has largely faded as the government has failed to deal with the Tuareg and Islamist forces in northern Mali.

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Guinea-Bissau Country Profile 2015: Change for the better at last?

altFormer finance minister José Mário Vaz won a convincing victory in the second round of the presidential polls in May 2014 and now has a serious and long list of priority areas to address.

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Burkina Faso Country Profile 2015: Beyond Blaise

altBurkina Faso will be preparing elections in 2015 in order to end the transitional period after the late October 2014 downfall of President Blaise Compaoré, who faced a popular uprising after attempting to change the constitution to remove the term limits that would force him to step down.

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Uganda Country Profile 2015: Marching towards another ballot

altIn the East African arena, President Yoweri Museveni wants to make his mark as the elder statesman of a so-called new "coalition of the willing"
that is intended to forge stronger relations with Rwanda and Kenya, leaving the more cautious Tanzania on the sidelines.

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Sudan Country Profile 2015: Bashir won't back down

altPresident Omar al-Bashir shows no signs of walking away from his powerful position.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: The Kabila legacy

Photos© Stephane de Sakutin/AFPWith little more than a year left before President Kabila is due to step down, The Africa Report looks into where he has kept his promises and where they have fallen down. One issue remains unclear: whether he will strengthen Congolese democracy or join the ranks of presidents seeking to stay in power at all costs

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South Africa-Nigeria security: guns, sadza and plantain

Photos© All rights reservedOf all the grand plans minted by Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo during the golden years of the South Africa-Nigeria partnership, military cooperation has seen the least progress. On conflict resolution, the two sides rarely pull their weight together. They often divide their labour or differ fundamentally on strategy.

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Egypt: Back to the future

altSisi's anti-Islamist policies hark back to the days of Gamal Abdel Nasser

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Open seas, broken borders

Photos©Olivier Jobard/MYOPThousands of migrants will die this year en route to Europe as politicians in Brussels squabble over how to deal with the arrival of people from Africa and the Middle East

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Clock ticking for Nigeria's Buhari

altThere was no blitz. The days of waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari extended into weeks.

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Egypt creates joint Arab military force for Middle East

Photo©ReutersEgypt has urged a joint Arab military force to tackle extremism and unrest in Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria and Iraq.

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Human security, heart of sustainable growth

It is not possible to promote development without a foundation of physical security. But so often this is allowed to deteriorate to a level where it has to be treated as a priority at the expense of all other activity.

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Nigeria's last line of defence

The bombing of a mall in June was Boko Haram’s third attack on Abuja this year. Photo©Olamikan Gbemiga/AP/SIPAThe role of the military in fighting Boko Haram holds centre stage in politics after explosions in Abuja and Lagos. Security worries are mounting ahead of national elections planned for February 2015.

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Boko Haram militants match Nigerian military

File Photo©ReutersNigerian soldiers on Monday were engaged in intense fighting with Boko Haram militants in an attempt to reclaim the town of Gwoza from the extremists.

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DRC flushes out Ugandan rebels

File photo©ReutersDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military forces have started flushing out Ugandan rebels in training camps in the Central African country, reports say.

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Sudan: Military and Rebels clash in South Kordofan state

File Photo©ReutersThe Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) rebels have, since Tuesday, been shelling Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state, in retaliations to what they deem to be the military's aggression.

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Egypt: Ousted president, Morsi remains defiant

A separate trial of Morsi on fraud charges would begin on 23 December. Photo©ReutersEgypt's ousted leader Mohammed Morsi has refused to name a lawyer to defend him on charges of inciting murder and violence.

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Ugandan troops in Somalia overworked

As the world turns its attention to Somalia, following the recent Al-Shabab attack in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, the head of Uganda's military, a key player in the fight against the terrorist group in the Horn of Africa country, says his troops are overworked.

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