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C.Africa's diamonds come at high price in blood and sweat

Boda (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Barefoot, with sweat pouring down their naked chests, 50 men slave in the depths of the Central African forest digging for diamonds in a sandy pit half the size of a football pitch.
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Neither a sprint nor a marathon

Africa’s most impressive economic managers suffer from excessive caution...
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French soldiers stalked by invisible enemy in Mali

Gao (Mali) (AFP) - Based in Mali's inhospitable northern desert, French troops are waging an attritional campaign against a ghost-like, invisible enemy -- a master in the guerrilla art of hit-and-run....
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Africa: 'the next China' for contemporary art

Lagos (AFP) - Giles Peppiatt, from Bonhams in London, had good reason to make the trip to Nigeria's financial capital, Lagos, for the auction house's next sale of African art -- a glut of potential buyers....
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Africa among Iran's Priorities for Economic Ties: FM

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the Islamic Republic attaches importance to trade and economic ties with African countries. printPrint ...
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Burkina Faso and Niger to swap towns in border change

Ouagadougou (AFP) - Burkina Faso and Niger have announced they will exchange 18 towns in order to settle a long-running border dispute and end years of litigation. ...
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Who owns the Nile?

After years of conflict about control over the Nile, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have now apparently chosen the path of co-operation over open dispute. ...
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Maldives police arrest opposition leaders after clashes

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Authorities in the Maldives arrested three opposition leaders and nearly 200 other people after clashes erupted between police and protesters demanding the resignation of the Indian Ocean islands' president and the release from jail of his predecessor and the main opponent....
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Nigeria: 234 more women, children rescued

(CNN)Nigerian troops have rescued an additional 234 women and girls in the Sambisa Forest, a stronghold for Boko Haram militants, a Nigerian military spokesman said Friday. ...
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Outrage after S African minister denied entry to Israel

South Africa demands explanation from Tel Aviv after minister is denied visa to visit Israel for diplomatic work....
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