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A week of political and social events across the African continent: exclusive reports and analysis. Every Thursday at 5:45pm Paris time.

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A week of political and social events across the African continent: exclusive reports and analysis. Every Thursday at 5:45pm Paris time.

Senegal's GMO greenlight proves controversial

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Africa is racing to adapt to the ravages of climate change, but Senegal's greenlighting of GMO crops has proved controversial. Also, Egypt has a centuries-long tradition of wine making. Wineries are barrelling ahead with plans to add polish and popularity to their products. And we see how Cape Town hosted talent from across the continent and names from around the world for FAME Week.

Sep 12 2022

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Gabon and Togo join Commonwealth

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Jul 06 2022

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Belgium returns tooth taken in 1961 from slain Congolese icon

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Relatives of murdered Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba attend a sombre ceremony in Brussels as Belgium returns his tooth. It's all that remains of him after his assassination in 1961. Also, Kenya has no reproductive health legislation but the public is going to have its say on a regional bill that could make a big difference to national sexual health services. And the refugee status of hundreds of thousands of Ivorians who fled post-electoral violence in the country in 2011 is coming to an end.

Jun 23 2022

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Liberia lines up a swell surf scene

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The top ten most neglected displacement crises in the world are all in Africa. It's a worrying first for the annual report of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Also, "Supreme Remains" is a haunting play that has premiered at the Dakar Biennale, inviting audiences to step back through time as an African mask narrates her turbulent past. And in Liberia, the town of Robertsport is at the heart of a swell surf scene; we take a closer look.

Jun 23 2022

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Cashew processing a tough nut to crack for Ivory Coast

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Ivorian cashew processors face an uphill battle. Their bid to expand into processing faces competition from Asia. Also, Mali is sanctioned but Senegal loses out. The economic interdependence between the neighbours has left Senegalese traders struggling to cope with the knock-on effects of penalties imposed on Bamako. And amid months of sometimes deadly protests against an army takeover, young Sudanese have been finding respite in Khartoum's vibrant cultural scene.

Jun 23 2022

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Cape Town site earmarked for Amazon site causes community rifts

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South Africa's Khoi community is divided on how to best protect its heritage on a site in Cape Town earmarked to house Amazon's African headquarters. Judges ordered a halt to construction, but some indigenous locals are eager for the jobs that the site could bring. Also, we see how Libyan artisans are working painstakingly around the clock to restore old copies of the Koran.

Jun 22 2022

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World Press Freedom Day and the increased risks of journalism in Africa

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World Press Freedom Day was a chance to take stock of some of the continent's success stories. The Seychelles is one of the rare African countries where most journalists are women. Elsewhere, the profession still poses life-threatening risks. Also, there are calls for the government in Congo Brazzaville to do more to identify and support those suffering from mental illness. It's a neglected issue across the continent and the fallout can have devastating consequences. And we head to Benin to hear from some of the companies prioritising the environmental and social well-being of their employees and customers over profit.

Jun 22 2022

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Congo Brazzaville: New law cracks down on violence against women

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Rights campaigners in Congo Brazzaville welcome a legal crack down on physical, sexual and economic violence against women, but say that follow-up is crucial. Also, protesters at an auction house in France accuse buyers of trying to purchase stolen goods as a rare 19th-century mask from Gabon goes on sale in Montpellier. And we head to Ghana to meet some of the girls at the heart of a small but passionate skateboarding scene.

Jun 22 2022

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Artist Matthew Eguavoen addresses mental health and social pressure

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We hear from up-and-coming artist Matthew Eguavoen, whose work translates complex, contemporary African experiences into vibrant and challenging portraits. But first, Ethiopian researchers are hoping that a local staple known as false banana could have some real benefits for food security. Enset is little known outside of the country but is nutritious and drought resistant. Also, nine ancient Libyan artefacts have been returned home after having been looted during 21st century conflicts and smuggled out to the US.

Apr 14 2022

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Burundi: Rickshaws, motorcycle taxis and bicycle cabs banned in Bujumbura

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Citing safety concerns, Burundi bans rickshaws, commercial motorcycle taxis and bicycle cabs in Bujumbura, the country's biggest city. Drivers say the move will put thousands out of work. Also, Uganda's only licensed cannabis farm grows only for export, as use of its crop remains illegal in the country. But there are calls for more permits to be granted to smaller-scale growers. And we head to a sanctuary where orphaned and injured primates are nursed back to health in eastern DR Congo.

Apr 11 2022

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DR Congo announces plans to cracks down on illegal construction

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In this edition: Congolese authorities say they'll clamp down on shoddy construction after an accident in Kinshasa in February in which 26 people were killed. Also, a top Nigerian model agency launches a search for the face of a continent. And we head into the deep blue with South African freediving instructor Zandi Ndhlovu.

Apr 11 2022

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An emotional exhibition of Benin's returned royal treasures

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After 130 years away, 26 stolen artefacts from Benin are finally being displayed at home after having been returned by France. The pieces were looted by French soldiers from the kingdom of Dahomey in 1892 and are now taking pride of place at the presidential palace. Our team on the ground reports.

Mar 01 2022

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Zimbabweans call for sanctions rethink

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US-led sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe two decades ago have had far-reaching effects on the country's economy. Some are now calling for a rethink. Also, South Africa has opened a new Covid-19 vaccine plant. The site is the first on the continent to cover the entire process from start to finish. And French filmmaking collective Kourtrajmé heads to Senegal, where it hopes to help students go from dreaming to screenings.

Feb 10 2022

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Kommetdieding: The 'people's horse' of South Africa wins big

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We report on how Burkinabé refugeees who have fled jihadist violence have been trying to start new lives in Ivory Coast. Also, the "people's horse" Kommetdieding streaks to victory at the 2022 Cape Town Met. And Salima Mukansanga, the first woman referee to take charge at the Africa Cup of Nations, speaks to FRANCE 24 about her historic role.

Feb 10 2022

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Mali's cotton industry frays under ECOWAS sanctions

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The financial freeze on Mali brought in by regional group ECOWAS has hit its economy hard. Key sectors like the cotton industry have been struggling to overcome the impact of the trade penalties. Also, as the excitement of the Africa Cup of Nations winds down, we head to two-time tournament hosts Gabon, where once-gleaming stadiums have fallen into disrepair. Finally, a Malawian musician finds runaway fame on TikTok at the age of 92.

Feb 10 2022

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Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey dies aged 77

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Kenya's president pays tribute to the late conservationist Richard Leakey, who has died aged 77. Leakey spent his life defending his country's endangered wildlife. Also, we sample the pan-African offerings of award-winning experimental chef Dieuveil Malonga at his Kigali restaurant. And the Great Green Wall struggles to flourish, but dozens of gardens have already sprung up in the Senegalese desert.

Jan 12 2022

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Photos show Russian Wagner mercenaries operating in Mali

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Exclusive photos obtained by FRANCE 24 show Russian mercenaries, believed to be of the Wagner group, operating in Mali. Also, Ethiopians in Lalibela marked the Orthodox Christmas under the shadow of conflict. Just months ago, the historic town was occupied by Tigrayan rebels. And Senegal's national dish has gone global. Thieboudienne, made with rice and fish, has been added to UNESCO's cultural heritage list.

Jan 12 2022

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Senegal's book industry celebrates Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's Goncourt prize

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Senegal's book industry has been riding high on the wave of Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's Goncourt prize. The 31 year-old sensation is reviving interest in Senegalese writers after he won France's top literary award earlier this month.

Nov 25 2021

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What Sudanese farmers feel about the coup roiling their country

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FRANCE 24's reporters take us to Khartoum's breadbasket to hear how Sudanese farmers feel about the coup and the protest movement rocking the country.

Nov 24 2021

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Africa calls for climate justice at COP26

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At COP26, richer countries are told to pull their head out of the sand and deliver on climate change promises. Africa is paying dearly for the environmentally destructive policies of developed nations. Also, Covid-19 has kept the border between DR Congo and the Republic of Congo closed for a year and a half. The impact on trade has left communities struggling. And more than a century after they were looted by French colonisers, dozens of artefacts are finally back home in Benin.

Nov 11 2021

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