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Sun,30Aug2015

The Question

Are gay rights a luxury in Africa?

As of 1 July, Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, legalising same-sex relationships. But more than 30 African countries still have anti-gay laws including in Nigeria, where a bill signed in 2014 contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage.

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Are Africa's wealthiest doing enough to help the continent?

Africa's richest give an estimated US$7bn every year to charity, says a 2014 report by the African Grantmakers Network; but the figures also hint that giving is unbalanced among those who can afford to make a difference.

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Are Africa's richest pulling their weight?

Our question this month wonders whether are Africa's A-listers are doing enough to help the continent?

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Can Sudan survive another term of Omar al-Bashir's rule?

Opposition and rebel groups hope to derail April elections in Sudan, where a new wave of violence has forced an estimated 50,000 to flee their homes in 2015 and President Omar al-Bashir still faces charges of genocide.

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Does logging help poor and developing countries?

Norway has recently signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Liberia to stop logging in order to protect the environment, but what will be the impact of such deals on the communities who rely on the industry for their livelihood?

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Has the Ebola outbreak exposed West Africa's class divide?

The deadly impact of the ebola virus, which had killed more than 3,800 people by early october, has weakened the health systems of Guinea, liberia and sierra leone and hit rural areas the hardest.

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Should Africa establish its own credit ratings agency?

Moody's downgrading of south african banks in august and Ghana's government in June raises questions about whether external rating agencies have sufficient local knowledge to chart african risk.

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