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South Africa's "economic challenges" after 20 years of democracy

The regular interruptions to electricity supplies in South Africa known as load-shedding are symptomatic of the economic challenges the country faces, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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New diagnostic tests for Ebola expected in coming months

Improved diagnostic tests for Ebola will be available in the coming months, according to an official of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The disease has killed over 6,000 people mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa.

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South Sudanese mark one year anniversary of conflict

South Sudan is marking an anniversary on Monday, which its citizens, no doubt, wish they had not been part of.

A year ago, violence erupted as government forces and rebels loyal to the deposed Vice-President started fighting.

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Rap music tunes knowledge of economic theory

Economic theory is admittedly not the most popular of topics among non-academics, but everyone can benefit from understanding it.

Finding ways to make the study of economics more accessible and interesting to the public has been the focus of the economist Russ Roberts.

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Volcano in Cape Verde having “huge” effect on economy

A volcano that erupted on the Cape Verde island of Fogo almost three weeks ago is having a huge impact on the country’s economy and people’s lives.

Many lost their homes, 120 hectares of agricultural land was destroyed, and much of the cattle were killed.

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“Difficult talks” in Lima to reach climate change agreement

Climate change negotiations in Peru have been difficult, but many remain optimistic that an agreement can be reached, according to a UN expert at the talks.

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New life for Syrian refugees in Germany

Refugees from Syria with serious medical conditions are benefiting from resettlement opportunities mainly in Europe, and North and South America.

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Ebola summit relives dramatic impact of outbreak

Without basic public health infrastructures and systems in place, no country can be stable according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Sexual and reproductive health rights acknowledged worldwide

Without exception, Member States of the UN are considering sexual and reproductive health as human rights, according to the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Need for attention to issues in Sahel “greater than ever”

The need for sustaining Security Council attention on the Sahel is greater than ever, according to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the region.

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