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Morocco’s return to the African Union raises questions about the body’s continued commitment to anti-colonialism and its pan-Africanism.

Morocco’s membership of the AU: has unity finally been achieved?

The African Union sees Africa as a sealed off geographic entity. Yet it remains remarkably quiet about the many bits of Africa that are geographically part of it but do not consider it their home.
Members of the youth wing of the National Front, Malaysia’s ruling coalition, hold placards during a protest at the North Korea embassy following the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur. Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Malaysia says Kim Jong-nam was killed with a chemical weapon – here’s what you need to know

Using nerve agents is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but North Korea is not a party to it.
A prospector prepares to pan for gold in South Kivu in 2014. Many informal miners faced tough choices as US regulations turned life upside down. Reuters/Kenny Katombe

Trump is right on Congo’s minerals, but for all the wrong reasons

The US wants to repeal controls imposed seven years ago on the trade of some Congolese minerals. The president's reasons might be all wrong. But the law was badly put together in the first place.
People cheer as Senegalese troops arrive to take charge of security at the presidential palace in Banjul, The Gambia. EPA/Legnan Koula

What the rest of Africa can learn from The Gambia’s transition to democracy

The adoption of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance five years ago raised hopes for a new democratic Africa. But its ideals remain elusive for many parts of the continent.
Residents of Rosettenville burn household goods from alleged drug dens and brothels in the area. Daily Sun/Lucky Morajane

How South Africa can turn the rising tide against vigilantism

Vigilantism challenges the formal boundary between crime and punishment, between law and justice. But its largely been overlooked as a legal topic worthy of in-depth consideration.
An October 2016 peace rally in Bogota, just before the final accords were signed with the FARC guerillas. John Vizcaino/Reuters

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

What can Colombia can learn from other nations' transitions, both successful and unsuccessful, from war to peace?

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