Bustle: Buddhist monks in Mandalay, Burma’s second-largest city. Images of Aung San Suu Kyi are everywhere, from newspapers  to bags and fridge magnets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
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Journalist: James Foley films an attack on Muammar Gadafy’s home in Sirte, Libya, in 2011. Photograph:  John Cantlie/Getty

James Foley was a generous man, committed journalist and stoic hostage. His beheading by a masked fighter is part of Islamic State(...)

Libyan government says Saadi Gadafy will receive “just and fair” treatment following his extradition to Libya from Niger. Photograph: Reuters

Saadi Gadafy extradited to Tripoli to stand trial for role in suppressing protests

Ugandan entrepreneurs Cedric Babu and his wife Alison, from Northern Ireland, with their children in Kampala. Photograph: Mary Fitzgerald

Uganda’s growing middle class may not be as wealthy as it would like to seem

Visitors to Lubiri Palace, home of the Buganda kabaka, or king, in Kampala, Uganda. Photograph: Michele Sibiloni/The New York Times

There is debate about the number of middle classes there are on the continent but the reality is that the aspirational, smartphone(...)

A sign for the China Juba People’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. China stepped up its engagement with the newly-independent country this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Beijing’s interest is not simply about multibillion-dollar investment deals

South Sudanese rapper Lual D’Awol: “I’m not a politician but I’m talking about the government. Things are not moving as swiftly as we would like.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Oil-rich state lies near the bottom of almost every development index

Former vice-president of South Sudan Riek Machar at his home in Juba in November. ‘We are going through a very unpredictable period, the most unpredictable since independence,’ he says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There are fears that recent unrest could trigger a wider ethnic conflagration

South Africans have gathered outside the house of  Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg to sign a board of condolence. Photograph: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

State funeral announced for December 15th with burial at ancestral home

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