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South Africa: Gold miners class action heads to high court

Miners with debilitating lung disease silicosis are looking to bring a class action lawsuit against gold mining companies on an unprecedented scale for South Africa.

Nail in coffin of Egyptian tourism
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Another nail in the coffin of Egypt tourism

Egypt's ministry of tourism is in crisis after the Egyptian army mistakenly killed 12 in a tour group. The attack will not help the ailing sector.

Fixing Africa’s power politics
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Fixing Africa’s power politics

In order to fix Africa’s chronic electricity shortages, leaders need to think creatively and take on the rent-seeking networks that have grown around utilities.

Mobile technology on the Ebola frontlines
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Mobile technology on the Ebola frontlines

Since the response to the Ebola epidemic in west Africa began, mobile phone based health technology has been on the frontlines.

Borderless trade
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Building a future of borderless trade

Africa’s intra-regional trade networks are underdeveloped, but new laws and investments target its expansion.

Habre trial
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Habre on trial: Justice interrupted?

The trial of Chad’s former ruler in Senegal is the first time a universal jurisdiction case is proceeding in Africa - but the process has been marred by delays.

Suez canal expansion
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Amid fanfare, Egypt inaugurates Suez Canal expansion

As Egypt unveiled an $8.2bn expansion of the Suez Canal, critics question whether the upgrade can bring all the benefits the Sisi administration claims.

Startup fail small
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Talking failure: Africa's new startup trend

Beneath the euphoria about homegrown African innovations, the realities of high burn rates and lack of funds are setting in. For many veterans entrepreneurs, franker discussions of failure are the order of the day.

African textile sector
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African textile sector welcomes US trade agreement extension

The renewal of Agoa, a major US trade programme, raises hopes for the expansion of textile and apparel manufacturing in Africa

Uganda oil
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Uganda pushes towards first oil despite low price environment

Despite moves by major energy companies to cut more than $100bn in spending on new projects worldwide, Uganda pushes ahead on licensing with the goal of producing first oil by 2018.

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