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As sectarian political networks have been maneuvering to undermine anti-sectarian demonstrations, the country's political elite is likely to remain a dominant force.
The government’s revamp of the way it teaches students aims to ensure motivation to learn comes intrinsically rather than from the outside.
The country’s massive cathedral project sheds light on the deep links between Pentecostal, Evangelist leaders and the political elite.
Tuesday marks the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
NATO leaders are meeting in the English capital for a 70th anniversary summit that was marred before it started with the French president's comments that the alliance was 'brain dead'.
Here are photos summarising the events that took place in the last 24 hours around the world.
The move is thought to be in retaliation for Nigeria shutting its borders. The country made the protectionist move to stop cheap imports damaging local markets.
The CFA Franc has always seen as a vestige of colonialism, but now eight West African countries are aiming to decolonise and start their own currency.
Tazeen Ahmad was one of the first South Asian Muslim women to progress steadily up the slippery ladder of broadcast journalism to reach its upper echelons.
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