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Wed,01Oct2014

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Do oil companies care enough about oil spills?

In June the first judgement in a test case against shell at London's High Court ruled that the company may be liable for oil spills caused by sabotage or theft. The case has been brought by 15,000 villagers in the Niger Delta.

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Should Egypt's suspension from the African Union be lifted?

The African Union (AU) was the first international body to condemn the ousting of President Morsi in July 2013. now that the 'ouster', Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is Egypt's elected president the au looks likely to lift its suspension.

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Is Africa selling itself short with tax holidays and other breaks?

Many african governments attract foreign direct investment with tax breaks. However, a scathing new report criticises sierra leone for offering too many fiscal advantages to multinationals, resulting in underfunded public services.

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Is the Muslim Brotherhood being persecuted in Egypt?

In Egypt, since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013, protests have been violently suppressed and many thousands put in jail. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood say they are being victimized.

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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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