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    1. December 10, 2013

      Mandela magic has its limits in Africa

      One of the more enduring images of Nelson Mandela’s diplomatic forays across Africa during the 1990s was of the great man...

    2. December 7, 2012

      Push back the envelope

      Waging War On Corruption: Inside The Movement Fighting The Abuse Of Power, by Frank Vogl, Rowman & Littlefield,...

    1. February 5, 2012

      The how-to guide to toppling tyrants

      Defeating Dictators: Fighting tyranny in Africa and around the world, by George B. N. Ayittey, Palgrave Macmillan, RRP$28...

    2. May 26, 2011

      Dangerous generosity: the risks of donations

      Beware those bearing gifts: Saif, son of Muammer Gaddafi When Nicolae Ceausescu oversaw the construction of a gargantuan...

    3. January 25, 2011

      Foreign leaders favour Switzerland

      Even with the recent dilutions of Swiss bank secrecy, Geneva, a magnet for the world’s wealthy, look set to retain their...

    4. January 19, 2011

      Swiss freeze Ben Ali and Gbagbo assets

      Switzerland has cracked down on two of Africa’s most recently discredited heads of state, freezing the assets of Tunisia’s...

    5. December 15, 2010

      Africa: Treasure amid turmoil

      Mud and money: gold miners form a human chain at the open-cast Chudja mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo Adolph...

    6. December 1, 2010

      Hydroelectric power: Neighbours eye the potential of DRC’s Inga rapids

      More than a decade after the death of its autocratic leader Mobutu Sese Seko, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 100 franc...

    7. October 26, 2010

      Congo deals threaten western aid supply

      Congolese demonstrators in Brussels last week protest against a dissident’s death in a Kinshasa jail Western donors have...

    8. August 31, 2010

      Rwanda threatens to quit Darfur mission

      Rwanda is threatening to withdraw its troops from a peacekeeping mission in Darfur in reaction to a leaked UN report...

    9. June 30, 2010

      Congo's tarnished golden day

      Liveried doormen have opened and shut the same doors for 15 years or more. The same waiters shuffle by. And, with the...

    10. June 29, 2010

      Congo’s golden day tarnished

      Day of hope: a group of Congolese celebrate independence – July 1 1960 – in Leopoldville, now the capital Kinshasa Liveried...

    11. June 29, 2010

      Congo debt relief at risk over mine

      The World Bank will decide on Tuesday on whether to consign $9bn (€7.3bn, £6bn) of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s...

    12. June 29, 2010

      Congo debt relief at risk over mine

      The World Bank will decide today on whether to consign $9bn (€7.3bn, £6bn) of the Democratic Republic of Congo's foreign...

    13. February 26, 2010

      Congo to get debt relief

      The Democratic Republic of Congo is to get debt relief on almost half of the $7bn it owes to the Paris Club of creditors,...

    14. December 22, 2009

      UN ponders future of Congo mission

      The United Nations is being forced into a drastic reappraisal of its 10-year military presence in the Democratic Republic of...

    15. December 21, 2009

      UN ponders future of Congo mission

      The United Nations is being forced into a drastic reappraisal of its 10-year military presence in the Democratic Republic of...

    16. September 30, 2009

      Disillusioned Congo mines chief quits

      The western head of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s state-owned mining company resigned on Wednesday on the same day a...

    17. May 24, 2009

      Tainted data hide the cost of Africa’s upheavals

      Even by Africa’s grim standards, it was a horrendous statistic: 5.4m people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

    18. May 23, 2009

      Gazprom increases holding in Sibir

      Gazprom Neft, the oil subsidiary of Russia's state-controlled gas company, has raised to 27.5 per cent its stake in Sibir...

    19. February 9, 2009

      China in the Congo

      Chinese officials like to describe burgeoning relations between Beijing and Africa as “win-win”. Africa wins from Chinese...

    20. November 9, 2008

      Conflict in Congo

      In the turbulent aftermath of independence, Congo hosted the first United Nations attempt at supporting nation building....

    21. November 4, 2008

      Congo's mineral riches undermine peace prospects

      In the days since fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo reignited, the world price of tin has shot up - a reminder...

    22. November 4, 2008

      Congo's mineral riches weaken peace prospects

      In the days since fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo reignited, the world price of tin has shot up - a reminder...

    23. November 3, 2008

      Fighting in Congo fuelled by minerals

      In the days since fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo reignited, the world price of tin has shot up – a reminder of...

    24. April 5, 2008

      Despots' boltholes

      Securing suitable boltholes for superannuated tyrants is a modern problem that arguably began just as Napoleon was packed...

    25. April 4, 2008

      Despots’ boltholes

      Securing suitable boltholes for superannuated tyrants is a modern problem that arguably began just as Napoleon was packed...

    26. February 26, 2008

      Congo digs for more revenues from minerals

      Mobutu Sese Seko, the late Zairean dictator, turned them into a personal treasure trove. Under his successor, Laurent Desire...

    27. February 26, 2008

      Congo digs for more revenue from minerals

      Mobutu Sese Seko, the late Zairean dictator, turned them into a personal treasure trove. Under his successor, Laurent...

    28. February 26, 2008

      Congo digs for more revenues from its rich seam of minerals

      Mobutu Sese Seko, the late Zairean dictator, turned them into a personal treasure trove. Under his successor, Laurent...

    29. September 20, 2007

      Chinese deal with Congo prompts concern

      Mining companies, the International Monetary Fund and other donors were scrambling yesterday for clarification of a planned...

    30. September 19, 2007

      Alarm over China’s Congo deal

      Mining companies, the International Monetary Fund and other donors were scrambling on Wednesday for clarification of a...

    31. September 19, 2007

      China to invest $5bn in Congo

      China plans to plough at least $5bn (£2.5bn, €3.6bn) into rehabilitating infrastructure and mines in the Democratic...

    32. August 24, 2007

      Better Chávez than Pinochet or Mobutu

      From Mr Alastair Mackay-James. Sir, Peter Munk (Letters, August 22) refers to the suppression of independent media,...

    33. July 14, 2007

      World Bank drags its heels over publishing study of illegitimate debts in poor countries

      From Ms Gail Hurley and Mr Kjetil Abildsnes. Sir, There has been much criticism in the press about the World Bank's removal...

    34. July 10, 2007

      Jakarta sues Suharto for $1.54bn

      Indonesia yesterday filed a $1.54bn civil lawsuit against Suharto, the former dictator, in a case that could reveal the...

    35. July 9, 2007

      Indonesia files lawsuit against Suharto

      Indonesia on Monday filed a $1.54bn civil lawsuit against Suharto, the former dictator, in a case that could reveal the...

    36. May 19, 2007

      Gold miners bend the law to survive

      "Doing business in Zimbabwe?" The gold-mine owner laughed as he drew to a halt before a police checkpoint, one of the many...

    37. May 18, 2007

      Zimbabwe miners bend law to survive

      “Doing business in Zimbabwe?” The gold-mine owner laughed as he drew to a halt before a police checkpoint, one of the many...

    38. May 14, 2007

      Former Congo enforcer returns to haunt Kabila

      Leon Kengo wa Dondo, a former prime minister to the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, has been elected Senate president and number...

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