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Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

The Trump administration has announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage".

National security adviser John Bolton laid out the new strategy in remarks at the…

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Liberation hero Mugabe evokes polarised emotions among Zimbabweans

Robert Mugabe’s name is synonymous with both Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle and its post-colonial politics. His role and that of his Zanu-PF party have been central to the country’s dynamics since the early 1960s – and could well set the tone for the foreseeable future.

For much of his political life Mugabe has often been viewed, in the words of…

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Egypt says cheap new drug 'Strox' threatens its youth

For years, Mostafa Mahmoud struggled to pay for his expensive drug addiction, spending much of his meagre income on hashish. A few months ago, he switched to a cheaper way to get high which he says is pushing him to his death.

The 27-year-old man is among a growing number of Egyptians using Strox, a potent narcotic that is mixed with tobacco and…

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Digital newcomers out to disrupt South African banking

Armed with low-cost operating models, three South African digital banks are betting on aggressive pricing and data analytics to attract tech-savvy, price-conscious consumers when they launch next year in a rare challenge to the old guard.

It will be first time the $30 billion industry has faced competition since the early 2000s, when Capitec Bank…

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African leaders meet for 'last push' on AU reforms

African leaders are set to gather this weekend for a special summit aimed at pushing through long-debated reforms to their pan-continental body.

The changes seek to streamline and empower the African Union - an ambitious call for an organisation often seen as toothless and donor-dependent, and analysts say time for forging a deal is short.

Egypt,…

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