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The streets of Zimbabwe's main cities are deserted during a nationwide stay away to protest at the lack of jobs and unpaid wages. The protests were organised through the messaging site WhatsApp but it is not clear which group is behind it. The internet was often unavailable on Wednesday morning but the government has denied blocking it. The BBC's...

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The huge rough diamond that went on sale at auction on Wednesday was one of three big diamonds found recently after a break of more than a century. The BBC's Clare Spencer asks why. On 16 November 2015 Tiroyaone Mathaba was sorting through rocks at the Karowe mine in Botswana when he spotted what turned out to be the...

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The only certainty in all this is uncertainty. Uncertainty on the markets and uncertainty over the future of trade relations between the UK and Africa. The most internationally traded African currency, the South African rand, is already having a bumpy ride in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union. Measures of implied volatility for...

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In the green and shaded gardens of the Americo Boavida Hospital in Angola's capital, Luanda, women in colourful printed dresses wait patiently for visiting hours to begin. It is one of the biggest hospitals in the city, serving almost two million people. Malaria is the most common killer here, but since December last year they have had to counter...

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Nigeria is allowing its struggling currency, the naira, to trade freely in a move to tackle the financial crisis in Africa's most populous nation. Financial blogger Feyi Fawehinmi looks at how it will affect people's lives. Refined petrol is Nigeria's single biggest import. The story of how an oil exporting nation has to import almost all of its refined...

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Algeria has temporarily blocked access to social media across the country in an attempt to fight cheating in secondary school exams. Almost half of students are being forced to retake the baccalaureat exam, starting on Sunday, after the initial session was marred by online leaking. Many students were able to access questions on Facebook and other social media...

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UN health experts have recommended cutting the standard dose of yellow fever vaccine by 80% in emergencies, amid a global vaccine shortage. A smaller dose would provide immunity for at least 12 months, they said. Emergency stocks have been depleted by a mass immunisation programme in Angola, where the disease has killed more than 300 people since December. ...

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About 630,000 counterfeit mobile phones have so far been disconnected in Tanzania, the telecom authority says. A government ban on using fake phones came into force at midnight, causing communication difficulties for those who owned them. Tanzania joined Cameroon, South Africa and Nigeria in efforts to boost security and health measures by disconnecting the phones. About 3%...

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South African mobile-phone giant MTN has agreed to pay $1.7bn (£1.1bn) to Nigeria over failing to disconnect unregistered Sim cards. The firm was originally fined a record $5.2bn by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) but the two sides have settled on a lower amount. "This is the best outcome for the company," MTN executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko said. The...

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Kenya and Tanzania have long competed to have the most important port in East Africa and their rivalry is about to become more intense as they compete for the region's business, writes Neil Ford. The Kenyan port of Mombasa and Tanzania's Dar es Salaam port are the traditional competitors but the Kenyan government is now planning a huge new...

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