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  1. April 13, 2014

    Mauritania ‘vulnerable’ to increase in Islamic extremism

    Sitting cross-legged on a red rug, imam Hamden Tah is mulling over modernity. “Every merchandise has an ideology,” says the...

  2. April 9, 2014

    Salif Keita, Barbican, London – review

    Forget, for a moment, all that business about the Golden Voice of Mali, or indeed, depending on who you ask, the Golden...

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  1. Combating Malaria 2013

    Progress runs alongside fear that an infectious disease claiming 660,000 lives a year ...
  2. Southern Africa Mining 2012

    The region has not made the most of what should have been a rosy period...
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  1. March 17, 2014

    Cotton origins picked for world futures contract

    Cotton grown on five continents will underpin a new futures market for the fibre as the US loses its central role as a...

  2. beyondbrics

    February 6, 2014

    Africa: getting riskier

    Africa is looking increasingly risky for investors and global supply chains. Or at least, that’s the judgement of the latest...

  3. February 3, 2014

    Randgold looks in vain for African opportunities

    Randgold is considering buying up or partnering with cash-strapped smaller gold miners and will maintain exploration in...

  4. beyondbrics

    January 10, 2014

    Lagarde: no rush for East African single currency

    Lagarde with Henry Rotich, Kenyan finance minister IMF boss Christine Lagarde concludes a trip to Africa trip on Friday,...

  5. December 17, 2013

    French seek permanent EU defence fund

    Plunged into its second African military mission in under a year, France is showing increasing frustration at what it sees...

  6. beyondbrics

    December 3, 2013

    Hungary on the upswing but corruption remains a problem

    Hungary has been pumping out the positive spin on economic news for over a year now. Back then it was surely premature, but...

  7. December 2, 2013

    Hollande’s robust foreign policy at odds with domestic reticence

    For the second time in less than a year, hundreds of French combat troops are on their way to intervene in a messy conflict...

  8. November 25, 2013

    Africa’s new crisis

    In the summer of 2012 France warned its allies that al-Qaeda was taking root in northern Mali and could establish a base for...

  9. beyondbrics

    November 25, 2013

    Bali cotton talks: African producers still unhappy

    The formal World Trade Organisation gathering in Bali in early December already has some strongly positive news – a global...

  10. beyondbrics

    November 22, 2013

    Morocco: BMCE races Fed with record eurobond

    With the prospect of Fed tapering looming increasingly large on the horizon, emerging market entities have been scrabbling...

  11. November 7, 2013

    Randgold applauded for jump in output

    Randgold shares jumped more than 6 per cent as the FTSE 100 listed gold miner hit higher grade reserves at its flagship...

  12. November 4, 2013

    Western donors pledge $8bn in aid for the Sahel region

    Africa’s Sahel region is to receive more than $8bn in aid from the EU and World Bank after the donors said economic...

  13. November 2, 2013

    French journalists killed in Mali

    BAMAKO, Nov 2 – Two French journalists snatched by gunmen in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Saturday have been killed,...

  14. FT Data

    October 31, 2013

    UK tops global league table for open data

    Tim Berners-Lee (c) Getty New research from Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation and the Open Data Institute...

  15. beyondbrics

    October 15, 2013

    Africa: Ibrahim Index highlights security fears

    If the Westgate crisis wasn’t enough to show that security is still a major issue for even Africa’s most advanced economies,...

  16. beyondbrics

    October 2, 2013

    Mali: Randgold tax saga goes to arbitration

    No-one likes a large tax bill, especially in arrears. London-listed Randgold and Mali’s government are heading for...

  17. The World

    September 26, 2013

    In the Picture: Terror in Africa

    Soldiers clear the top floor of the Westgate mall (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images) As Kenya began three days of national...

  18. September 19, 2013

    Mali success fails to help François Hollande on Syria

    François Hollande flew to Mali on Thursday to help celebrate the most striking success to date of his 16-month-old...

  19. September 5, 2013

    France’s François Hollande takes risk backing action on Syria

    When John Kerry, US secretary of state, spoke warmly of France as Washington’s “oldest ally” following President François...

  20. August 30, 2013

    France remains ‘ready’ to punish Assad despite British vote

    France woke up on Friday to find itself in the unusual position of standing alone on the apparent brink of a military...

  21. FT Photo Diary

    August 27, 2013

    At the hairdressers

    Joe Penney/Reuters Local resident Aminata Diarra looks in a mirror as she gets her hair done next to a clothing store...

  22. August 23, 2013

    Timbuktu: the day the Islamists came to town

    On the northwestern edge of Timbuktu, where the mud-and-limestone houses give way to the endless sands of the Sahara, sits a...

  23. August 13, 2013

    Keita wins Mali presidential election after rival concedes

    Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali’s presidential run-off after his opponent conceded defeat in a poll meant to restore...

  24. August 9, 2013

    Mali holds presidential run-off

    People in Mali are voting in a presidential run-off on Sunday in which the winner will oversee $4bn in new donor aid to help...

  25. August 2, 2013

    Mali election moves to run-off round

    BAMAKO, Aug 2 – Mali’s postwar election produced no clear winner and Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the former prime minister, will...

  26. August 2, 2013

    France cuts armed forces as budget squeeze hits military

    France is to cut more than 30,000 defence posts and reduce or delay orders for jet fighters and other equipment as the...

  27. July 28, 2013

    Veterans remain favourites as Malians vote in presidential poll

    Millions of Malians voted for a new president on Sunday in a crucial and controversial poll intended to stabilise the...

  28. beyondbrics

    July 28, 2013

    Week ahead, Jul 28 - Aug 2

    The week ahead in emerging markets: elections in Zimbabwe, Mali and Pakistan. Company results from P&G, Reckitt Benckiser...

  29. July 26, 2013

    Malians prepare for crucial presidential poll

    Hamidou Magassa has a secret. A 64-year-old Malian linguist, anthropologist, socio-economist and poet, he studied in the US...

  30. July 25, 2013

    Mali’s elections

    Recent African history offers few exceptions to the rule that military coups generally end unhappily. Elections, however,...

  31. FT Photo Diary

    July 25, 2013

    Campaign posters ahead of Mali elections

    Rebecca Blackwell/AP A girl walks past campaign posters on the windows of a mud brick house in Gao, Mali, on Thursday....

  32. FT Photo Diary

    July 23, 2013

    Elections approach in Mali

    Joe Penney/Reuters A boy walks past a campaign poster of presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta next to an image of a...

  33. beyondbrics

    July 16, 2013

    Can Orange cut it in Africa mobile money?

    Mobile money services in Africa isn’t just all about M-Pesa in Kenya. Orange Mobile has just rolled out its first...

  34. June 27, 2013

    China commits combat troops to Mali

    China has publicly committed combat troops on a UN peacekeeping mission for the first time, marking a big shift in Beijing’s...

  35. June 6, 2013

    Malian army advances against Tuareg separatists

    Mali’s army appears to be moving towards a showdown with Tuareg separatists after retaking a remote village in the northern...

  36. May 24, 2013

    Republicans see Obama’s vow to end to ‘war on terror’ as retreat

    President Barack Obama’s pledge to wind down many aspects of the Bush-era “war on terror” is facing strong opposition from...

  37. May 24, 2013

    Statement in Belmokhtar’s name claims role in Niger attacks

    Mokthar Belmokhtar, the al-Qaeda-linked militant who masterminded the gas plant raid in Algeria in January that killed...

  38. May 23, 2013

    Suicide bombers target Niger barracks and uranium mine

    By Xan Rice in Lagos and Hugh Carnegy in Paris Suspected Islamist militants staged twin attacks on an army barracks and a...

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