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Organised crime and poor policy behind Africa’s looming drugs crisis

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Africa faces a substantial increase in illegal drug use fuelled by organised crime and ineffective policy. In the next 30 years, sub-Saharan Africa will...

ISS: Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots?

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Robotic weapons that once activated can select and attack targets without any further human intervention are being developed by the United States, China, Russia,...

ISS: Proceed with caution – Africa’s growing foreign military presence

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Africa is host to a rising number of foreign military operations and bases, largely due to bilateral agreements between some African Union (AU) member...

Trade in giraffe to be regulated

Countries voted overwhelmingly to regulate international trade in giraffe and body parts, overcoming objections by southern African states and drawing praise from conservationists. The...

West African slavery lives on, 400 years later

Blessing was only six when her mother arranged for her to be an unpaid housemaid for a family in Abuja, on the promise they...

BIRD Aerosystems providing protection systems on UN helicopters in Africa

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Israel’s Bird Aerosystems has received a contract to provide missile protection systems for United Nations’ Mi-17 helicopters operating in Africa. The company on 5 August...

Greater collaboration in maritime security, trade could be key to Africa’s...

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Maritime security and trade may be the key to Africa’s economic future, according to Eric Ichikowitz, senior vice president of Paramount Group. Despite the seismic...

AU, Small Arms Survey map illicit arms flows in Africa

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In the first-ever continental analysis of illicit arms flows in Africa, the African Union Commission (AU) and the Small Arms Survey identify the scale,...

ISS: Terrorism and organised crime – risks of shared responses

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The macabre sale of human organs, trafficking of people and wildlife, drug crime, the smuggling of precious minerals – all have become lucrative revenue...

Turkey’s Katmerciler receives export order from African country

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Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Katmerciler has received a $20 million export order from an undisclosed African country. This is Katmerciler’s first export order for the...

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Check before you speak, Minister!

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to verify her facts before she speaks, or risk further embarrassment to the South...