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Will Senegal be bowled over by big projects?

Image copyright AFP Senegal has witnessed a flurry of inaugurations of ambitious, big-budget projects in the last few months, including a new train line, a new bridge and the imposing Museum of Black Civilisations. Happily snipping the ribbons has been President Macky Sall, who is seeking a second term in office in elections on Sunday. […]

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The bakeries of Bamako in Mali

As soon as the Sun rises in Bamako, Mali, the streets fill with minibuses, street hawkers and dust. But before that, when the few people on the road are those returning from early morning prayers, you’ll also see motorbikes loaded with the loaves of French bread that so many will use to fuel their day. […]

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The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War

Agent Orange was the most notorious chemical defoliant sprayed by US forces over Vietnam to destroy jungles and vegetation during the Vietnam war. Agent Orange contained dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. From the 1960s, doctors in Vietnam began to see a sharp rise in birth defects, cancers and other illnesses […]

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First Vatican summit on child sex abuse

Catholic bishops are meeting to discuss the Roman Catholic church’s response to the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy for the first time. The Vatican says it wants four days of reflection and discussion with survivors and it is likely to be a defining moment for Pope Francis. The BBC spoke to […]