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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Why the focus on China’s role in Mugabe’s fall missed the bigger picture

A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Anglophone Cameroonians want to secede from the Francophone part of the country. Erin Alexis Randolph/Shutterstock

Is it Cameroon’s turn to be suspended from US trade pact with Africa?

Cameroon's Anglophone crisis that's pitted its English speaking citizens against the central government could result in the country being denied preferential trade agreements with the US.
As cities in developing countries - like Lagos in Nigeria, pictured here - grow, so do obesity risks. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Developing countries could get sick before they get rich. Policy can help

Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.
Somaliland’s ruling party candidate and newly elected president Musa Bihi Abdi. Stringer/Reuters

Somaliland after the elections: old traps, new challenges

The self-declared territory of Somaliland has held peaceful elections since it broke away from Somalia in 1991. But last month's polls triggered protests that should be cause for reflection.
Queen Elizabeth II with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during his state visit in 2007. John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images

Pity the Queen – she has to have Donald Trump to stay

It looks as if a state visit from the US president is on the cards. But the Queen is a veteran at hosting unwanted guests.
Christmas lists usually suggest the latest and greatest technology, but blocks are still the best toy you can buy your child. Shutterstock

Blocks are still the best present you can buy children for Christmas

Blocks probably won't top Christmas wish lists, but they have many benefits including developing fine motor skills, social, cognitive and language skills, and spatial reasoning and language.

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