BLOOMBERG 10 January 2019 by PAULINE BAX, MICHAEL COHEN & PAUL RICHARDSON The start of 2019 has seen a flurry of political activity from Mali to Madagascar, with a shock opposition victory in Africa’s biggest country, protests against long-serving rulers, a short-lived coup and agitation stirred by economic mismanagement all suggesting this will be a year to watch...

MERCURY 30 November 2018 Russia is stepping up its political and military presence in Africa. Already the European giant has upped its military ties to the majority of Africa’s nations, including Ethiopia, Libya, Niger and Chad. It’s upped its political influence in Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is working on oil and gas projects...