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Politricks and empty pockets

A decade-long spending binge has driven Ghana back into an IMF austerity programme. As elections loom this November, why is it politics as usual? By Femi Akomolafe.

Life as a Boko Haram hostage

Boko Haram attacked traditional ruler Seini Boukar Lamine’s town, kidnapped him and his family and held them hostage for two and a half months.

Inside Boko Haram

As Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency spills out of Nigeria’s borders, we sent James Schneider to one of the affected regions – Cameroon’s far north.