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Tue,22Apr2014

The Question

Is Africa getting fat?

Africa's GDP is growing but so too are africans' waistlines, according to new data. The story of african malnutrition is well known, but is the continent now facing a new and equally deadly challenge: obesity?

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Are emerging markets less attractive than they used to be?

Investors pulled $9bn from emerging market stock and bond funds in the last week of January due to concerns about lower growth rates and the winding down of the united states Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program. 

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Can government regulation and internet spying be justified?

With fresh allegations and revelations over the extent of governments' surveillance of their citizens around the world, we ask whether there are instances when the concerns over privacy can be overruled.

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Should African governments fund space programmes?

Nigeria plans to train an astronaut by 2015 and now has three functioning satellites in orbit that are used for communications and scientific research. People at home and abroad have questioned the government's priorities.

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Should African political parties publish their lists of donors?

Most African ruling parties insist upon maintaining secrecy on the origin of political donations in order to avoid scrutiny. But more opposition parties are now calling for openness to be the norm.

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Has Nigerian Afrobeats overtaken Congolese rumba?

For years Congolese rumba was a continental favourite, but now West African tunes are getting young people dancing from Nairobi to Abidjan.

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Should intra-African visas be dropped for Africans?

On 1 January 2013, Rwanda started issuing visas on arrival for citizens of all African countries. In the african union and across Africa, politicians are debating lifting restrictions on the movement of goods and people.

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