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    Gabon, France diplomatic rift over seized presidential plane

    A Gabon presidential plane, Boeing 777, seized by French authorities on 25 February on request of a Swiss company is taking a nasty turn and risks souring relations between France and his former colony. Gabon owes 4 million FCFA (about US$2 million) to the Swiss company, and the money has not been paid despite several […]

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Simone Gbagbo sentenced to 20 years in jail

Simone Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast First Lady, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for, among others, undermining state security, disturbing public order and organising armed gangs during the country’s 2010-2011 post-election violence. Over 3 000 people are believed to have been killed by the violence in which the ‘Iron Lady’ is believed […]

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6 tips to manage a sound budgeting for SMEs

A business without a working budget is like a car without a fuel gauge – it will drive for a while, but will run out of fuel when the driver least expects it. This is a statement from Gerrie van Biljon, executive director at South Africa-based Business Partners Limited, who provides small and medium enterprises […]

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Africa’s human rights violations worsened in 2014 – Amnesty International

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Cameroon, Togo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, among others, have been singled out by a recent report released by Amnesty International for their worsening human rights record in 2014 on the African continent. Illegal detention of opposition politicians, journalists and human rights activists and ordinary civilians […]

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DR Congo presidential elections could be postponed to 2017 or 2020

Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo might not take place in 2016 as planned. Government spokesperson Lambert Mende was evasive and ambiguous when he told Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Friday that the country’s presidential elections could take place either in 2016 or 2017. Mende justified the postponement by evoking the general census, […]

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