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Guinea’s minerals and the coup

There has been a fight for its iron ore mines ANALYSIS | BY AGENCIES | Guinea’s special forces on Sunday Sept.05 ousted the West African country’s president, Alpha Condé, raising the political and operational risk for its minerals, which include bauxite, diamonds, iron ore and gold. Mining accounts for about …

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Obama: Invest in NBA Africa

How it could boost basketball on the continent ANALYSIS | JOHN NAURIGHT AND SARAH ZIPP | Former US president Barack Obama’s decision to invest in the National Basketball Association’s Africa venture reflects a lot about his past – his basketball playing youth and his African roots. It also signals that …

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Masaka’s machete murders

An over-confident president, weak police, and political intrigue Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Late evening on July 23, two men were riding home on a bicycle when they were ambushed and attacked by machete-wielding assailants. John Kabanda and Vincent Kalya were both hit on the head and left to …

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China’s presence in Africa

Beijing’s outreach is largely driven by the desire for support on the international stage from the continent’s 54 countries | THIERRY PAIRAULT | For all the talk of China’s growing presence in Africa, its economic engagement is surprisingly limited. In 2020, Africa accounted for 4 percent of China’s trade with …

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Karamoja’s food challenge

Donors offer relief but locals have different ideas Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | The north-eastern sub-region of Karamoja is notorious for its perennial food shortage. And once again humanitarian aid is flowing in. This time, the aid is in form of a Shs16.69billion (€4 million) project known as the …

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