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Africa/Middle East Briefing— Africa

Preface

What Sultan Qaboos of Oman uses to get around, why the African Union is having an identity crisis and how recent unrest has affected stock exchanges

African Union, Middle East, Oman, Sailing, Sub-Sahara, sultan Gaboos

The reproducers

Africa

World fertility rates remain highest in Africa. In 12 African countries, women give birth to an average of more than six children. In Niger and Guinea-Bissau, the average is above seven.

Sailing sultan

Oman [SULTAN GABOOS]

A recurring motif of 2011 has been the reluctance of Middle Eastern rulers to step quietly aside. They have much to lose. In the Gulf states, oil money combined with lack of accountability has allowed heads of state to enjoy lives in which money is a seemingly infinite resource.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said…

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