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Guinea: Coup interrupts Conté succession

The constitutional transition of power in Guinea, following the death of the country’s president, Lansana Conté, has been interrupted by a military coup, led by a number of junior officers calling themselves the National Council for Democracy and Development.

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Italy's G8 summit to redefine aid

By Elizabeth Donnelly Discussion about and with Africa has become a recurrent part of the agenda at G8 summits, particularly since outreach with African leaders was instigated at Okinawa in 2000. The 2009 G8 summit to be hosted by Italy in Maddalena will be no exception, with Africa and its challenges to be front and centre in discussions.

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Raising the red lantern in Africa

By Chris Alden When critics characterise China’s engagement in Africa as nothing but a scramble for resources that disguises a more nefarious agenda, Beijing rightly counters that its ties are more complex in aspiration and content.

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Reclaiming the narrative

The post-globalised landscape remains Balkanised by semantic divisions. The terms used in contemporary discourse come loaded with preconceptions of risk and opportunity, of threat and reassurance. Nowhere is more a victim of this than Africa.

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Review - Africa Rising By Vijay Mahajan

A valiant attempt to identify the opportunities in Africa’s huge and diverse consumer markets, Vijay Mahajan’s Africa Rising: How 900 million African consumers offer more than you think, is a revealing primer for businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the continent.

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Zambia: Mwanwasa's succession

Rupiah Banda inherits a legacy of sound economic policy and political stability. But he faces stiff challenges in managing Zambia’s economy and international relationships before presidential elections in 2011.

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Zimbabwe: Few signs of settlement

Zimbabwe’s continuing political power struggle has once again reached an impasse. Despite a humanitarian crisis and ongoing negotiations, there are few signs of a permanent settlement.

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Somalia: Onshore chaos fuels piracy

Proposed measures to curb piracy off the coast of Somalia fail to address the vacuum of power onshore that has allowed criminality to flourish.

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DRC: UN struggles with mandate

A lack of clarity in its mandate means that, despite the deployment of 17,000 troops, the UN mission to the DRC has failed to protect civilians caught up in the recent fighting.

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The missing middle to drive sustainable growth

By Chris West Just imagine how different the world would be if, back in Microsoft’s earliest days, Bill Gates had been unable to find anyone to invest in him or if a decade ago the same had happened to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page as they tried to get the business going from the garage of a suburban home in California.

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