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Can cloud computing take off in Africa?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — When it comes to information technology in Africa, analysts will tell you, this continent has an amazing ability to leapfrog. Forget old-school landlines and desktop computers. Many in sub-Saharan Africa have skipped directly to mobile devices. And while Africa, like other emerging markets, has been slow to embrace cloud computing, it is starting to take off here, with tech experts touting the cloud’s big and perhaps unseen potential.

Madagascar heads to the polls in historic election

The island nation began voting today in the first presidential election since the military coup four years ago.

Africa's Mo Ibrahim prize: And the winner is ... Nobody

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — And the winner of the Mo Ibrahim prize for African governance is ... no one. Again.

US offers cash rewards for capture of African Islamic militants

The United States is offering cash rewards for information on Islamic militants in Africa.

Kenya's new 'Lunatic Express' to remake town as region's trade hub

NAIROBI, Kenya — Just over a century ago, Nairobi was nothing more than a cluster of huts and a railway depot — a remote way station on a plateau between the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and land-locked Uganda.

Menacing video surfaces showing French family kidnapped by Boko Haram

A video of a French family kidnapped in Cameroon has surfaced this week on Youtube.

Islamist attacks leading northern Nigeria to economic disaster

ABUJA — The kidnapping of 14 foreigners in less than a week and slaughter of nine health workers has brought northern Nigeria international attention. It’s also put the region at the brink of economic disaster as foreign construction companies pull out, cutting jobs and leaving desperately needed roads un-built.

Militants in Mali have destroyed strategic bridge to Niger

BAMAKO, Mali — Islamists destroy bridge on the road to Gao, a Malian city occupied by extremists, as French launch air strikes.

UN Security Council slaps sanctions on Congo rebel groups

The United Nations Security Council has imposed tough sanctions on Congo's M23 rebel group along with a Rwanda-backed rebel group FDLR.

Helicopter carrying "high ranking" Nigerian officials crashes

A helicopter carrying Nigerian officials has crashed in the country's southern delta. Yushau Shuaibu, a spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, told the Associated Pressthat the helicopter crashed Saturday in Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta. Shuaibu said the helicopter was carrying "high-ranking government officials" but did not give a list of names of those on board. 
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