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Archive August 2015

The true price of Nkurunziza’s third term

On Thursday 20 August, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza surprised many when he was sworn in for his third mandate six days before the inauguration was scheduled to take place.

The move came days after leaders of the opposition group CNARED (National Council for the Respect of the Arusha Accord) gave him until 26 August to resign. The surprise inauguration sent a clear message that Nkurunziza’s camp has no intention to further discuss the legitimacy of a third mandate.

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Experts say Ghana’s 40-year plan should focus on S&T

Kumasi – Scientists have called for the involvement of professionals in designing Ghana’s 40-year development to help the country adequately tackle challenges.

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Europe Squabbles While Refugees Die

United Nations – As tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict-ridden countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, Western European governments and international humanitarian organisations are struggling to cope with a snowballing humanitarian crisis threatening to explode.

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Tunisia year five: Caught in a tightening vice

Thousands of young Tunisians drown trying to make their way to Europe, hoping that the West can offer a life that their own country cannot. Thousands are going to neighbouring Libya or other countries to wage jihad against what they perceive as the Western way of life, thirsty for vengeance against the West and its values.

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Photo essay: Johannesburg’s self-employed youth

Youth unemployment is one of the country’s most damaging challenges. In the second instalment of his visual exploration of the issue, Siboniso Mncube looks at young South Africans in Johannesburg trying to get ahead by starting their own small businesses.

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South Sudan: The beginning of the end of the civil war?

In Addis Ababa, a grinning President Salva Kiir finally put pen to paper on a peace deal for South Sudan. Better 10 days late than never. While sceptics are right to wonder if his signature is anything more than a PR stunt, the truth is that peace doesn’t come easy – and this is as good a place to start as any.

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