Kinshasa’s traffic police make 80% of their income “informally”

THE unofficial motto of the Democratic Republic of Congo was first uttered six decades ago by Albert Kalonji, the leader of the short-lived secessionist state of South Kasai: “This is your home, fend for yourselves.” With hardly any formal economy in Congo, let alone a welfare state, people do whatever they can to get by. Ordinary folk farm, trade, smuggle and hustle

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Why Israel still moves on Ottoman-era railway tracks

ISRAELI politicians and entrepreneurs like to present their country as a global centre of transport technology. That was underlined last year by Intel’s purchase for $15bn of Mobileye, which develops software for self-driving cars. But driving from Tel Aviv to Mobileye’s headquarters in Jerusalem, only 55km (34 miles) as the drone flies, can be an hour-long crawl along a jammed motorway.

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Africa: TP Touch Down in Japan

[CAF] Their excitement tangible at the possibility of repeating their 2010 heroics and, at least, reaching the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015, TP Mazembe touched down in Osaka this Tuesday and have immediately immersed themselves in the competition – to the extent of having already completed their first training session on Japanese soil.

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