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Next generation

  • accolade: Ed Dove profiles five of the continent's stars who BBC Africa are tipping to one day be nominated for the prestigious accolade.
  • pique: The 22-year-old's form piqued the interest of French champions Monaco, who paid big money to secure the Senegal international.
  • forward: Yet the forward has rarely appeared ruffled as he's sidestepped- often literally- every challenge that's come his way with both the national side and at Arsenal.
  • sidestep: Yet the forward has rarely appeared ruffled as he's sidestepped- often literally- every challenge that's come his way with both the national side and at Arsenal.
  • rigour: He's a more pragmatic prospect than Okocha, able to marry the professionalism and rigour required to play at the world's major clubs with a cerebral approach to the game.

Kenyan election questions

  • maize: It has also accused the government of creating an artificial food shortage to allow affiliated businessmen to use the emergency period to import maize, a staple food, duty-free into the country.
  • maize: The government has denied the allegations and has since moved to subsidise maize flour.
  • kidnap: The Kenyan government has not officially acknowledged the number of soldiers killed or kidnapped in the attack.
  • mismanage: A new team of election officials took office in January after the previous team was accused of mismanaging the 2013 election.
  • verify: The commission has acquired a system known at the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) which is currently being used to verify voters ' registration and will be used on election day to verify the eligibility of voters, tally results and transmit them to a national tallying centre.

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey

  • squander: Too little cooperation with the Kurds risks squandering a battlefield ally with proven effectiveness against extremist threats and who has staunchly supported Washington.
  • recapture: His administration is arming Syrian Kurdish fighters as part of an effort to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group's self-declared capital.
  • brethren: The Turks fear any weapons the U.S. provides the Syrian Kurds could well end up with their ethnic brethren in Turkey, who 've fought violently as part of a separatist insurgency for more than three decades.
  • extradite: Those include extraditing the Pennsylvania-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for fomenting a failed coup last summer, and dropping U.S. charges against Reza Zarrab, a Turkish businessman accused of money-laundering and violating U.S. sanctions in Iran.

Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony in east Cuba

  • homage: After nine days of fervent national mourning and wall-to-wall homages to Castro on state-run media, the government barred independent coverage of the funeral, releasing a handful of photos and brief descriptions of the ceremony later in the day.
  • barrack: The tomb stands to the side of a memorial to the rebel soldiers killed in an attack that Castro led on Santiago's Moncada barracks on July 26, 1953, and in front of the mausoleum of Cuban national hero Jose Marti.
  • mausoleum: The tomb stands to the side of a memorial to the rebel soldiers killed in an attack that Castro led on Santiago's Moncada barracks on July 26, 1953, and in front of the mausoleum of Cuban national hero Jose Marti.
  • mourn: Mourning for Castro has been fervent and intense across the country since his death, particularly in rural eastern Cuba, where huge crowds have been shouting Castro's name and lining the roads to salute the funeral procession carrying his ashes.
  • outlast: Castro, who outlasted a crippling U.S. trade embargo as well as dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots, died 10 years after a life-threatening illness led him to turn over power to his brother.

In Africa, Latin America, Fidel Castro inspired many

  • emulate: Yet in Latin America, Cuba never successfully exported a socialist system quite like its own, although many members of an idealistic generation died trying to emulate it.
  • mourn: In mourning the Cuban's death, Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, called Castro " the 20th century liberator of our peoples.
  • subjugate: What has died is the very idea that by dividing people and subjugating them through hunger and fear, you can guarantee the eternal power of a demagogue," the Democratic Unity coalition said in a statement on Castro's death.
  • apathy: Castro backed revolutionary movements in many parts of Latin America, but most crumbled under brutal repression or local apathy.
  • ephemeral: Cuba inspired or helped install ephemeral socialist-minded regimes such as the People's Republic of Angola, in part as a cat's paw for Soviet interests but also because Castro believed in the anti-colonial cause, and often acted independently of the Soviets.

Insight: Slumscapes - How the world's five biggest slums are shaping their futures

  • cope: LONDON (Thomson Reuters Found a t io n)- As the United Nations prepares a 20-year plan to cope with the challenges of booming urbanization, residents of the world's five biggest slums are battling to carve out a place in the cities of the future.
  • catalyst: They can be catalysts for inclusion and powerhouses of equitable economic growth.
  • equitable: They can be catalysts for inclusion and powerhouses of equitable economic growth.
  • transport: The U.N. plan stresses that providing transport, sanitation, hospitals and schools is imperative but city strategies must also" go beyond " physical improvements to integrate slums into the social, economic, cultural, and political life of cities.
  • imperative: The U.N. plan stresses that providing transport, sanitation, hospitals and schools is imperative but city strategies must also" go beyond " physical improvements to integrate slums into the social, economic, cultural, and political life of cities.

Rwanda country profile

  • despot: To his admirers he is a visionary leader, but to his critics he is a despot who tolerates no opposition.
  • predominate: State TV and radio reach the largest audiences, and state-owned publications predominate in the print sector.
  • incursion: About 20,000 Tutsis are killed following an incursion by Tutsi rebels based in Burundi.
  • incitement: Voters back a draft constitution which bans the incitement of ethnic hatred.

World's most dangerous peacekeeping mission

  • inhospitable: In the vast, lawless land north of the Malian city of Timbuktu, Saharan sand whipped up by the wind quickly covers the tracks of the smugglers and the traffickers, the arms dealers and the jihadists who thrive in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
  • cloth: Centuries-old mud built mos ques, crumbling ancient manuscripts, and weather-worn Tuareg nomads, their heads and faces wrapped in white cotton cloth, give Timbuktu its sense of other-worldly remoteness.
  • treacherous: Europe is just one country and one treacherous sea crossing away.
  • convoy: One of the attacks on a UN convoy was filmed by jihadists who posted it online.
  • barren: Image copyright Minusma/Marco Dormino Image caption Peacekeepers have to deal with jihadist fighters, trafficking and smugglers Image copyright Minusma/Marco Dormino Image caption Swathes of Mali are barren but it is fertile along the River Niger.

Croatia says 2 groups were involved in Egypt abduction

  • surveyor: The French geoscience company that the 30-year-old oil and gas surveyor worked for said it tried in vain to contact his abductors after receiving their emailed demand for cash.
  • vain: The French geoscience company that the 30-year-old oil and gas surveyor worked for said it tried in vain to contact his abductors after receiving their emailed demand for cash.
  • buttress: It is sure to deal a blow to the government's efforts to project stability and buttress an economic turnaround following years of unrest in the wake of Egypt's Arab Spring.
  • restive: Authorities still have not confirmed the authenticity of the claim and are continuing the search for Salopek in isolated areas of Egypt, including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt's Islamic State affiliate is based, and the vast Western Desert, which is a gateway to volatile and lawless Libya, home to its own Islamic State branch.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

  • concession: After " deep study, careful thought and considerable soul searching," even this liberal stalwart found Obama's concessions to Iran too much to stomach.
  • inspector: U.N. inspectors can request visits to Iranian military sites, but access can be delayed or denied.
  • delay: U.N. inspectors can request visits to Iranian military sites, but access can be delayed or denied.
  • delay: As he wrote, "... inspections are not 'anywhere, anytime '; the 24-day delay before we can inspect is troubling.
  • inspect: As he wrote, "... inspections are not 'anywhere, anytime '; the 24-day delay before we can inspect is troubling.

How severe is the terror threat in East Africa?

  • entwine: As US security personnel flood Nairobi's hotels, the president will step into a country where security and politics are closely entwined.
  • divergent: His trip has provoked divergent assessments of the security threat across Kenya and beyond.
  • testament: Nairobi governor Evans Kidero sees the visit as the ultimate confirmation of Kenya's security- hailing Obama's stay as a testament to the country's stability.
  • indomitable: Its reopening has been heralded by many as a triumph of national resilience, growing security and, in the words of Kidero, the " indomitable Kenyan spirit ".
  • overshadow: In terms of recruitment, as foreign fighters have been drawn to Syria, the group has been overshadowed on the global stage.

Is Buhari a changed man?

  • misdemeanour: In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers Nigerians ' tendency to forgive past misdemeanours and what it means for the country's new president.
  • recalcitrant: Together, they kneel at your doorstep and beg you to forgive, promising that the recalcitrant person will act differently if re-employed.
  • repentant: More likely than not, the repentant former employees are given a second chance.
  • abrupt: Back in 1983, he brought the country's then fledgling democracy to an abrupt end via a military coup, and his 18-month rule was infamous for draconian policies and human rights violations.
  • behaviour: She describes her experience as a first-year student at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where the careers counsellors often spoke about the close-knit circle in corporate America, and how easy it is to get blacklisted by all firms based on bad behaviour or poor performance at one firm.

Is the tide turning against Boko Haram?

  • skirmish: Military spokesman Chris Olukolade said militants fled the city, which they had held since September last year, after days of ground skirmishes and aerial bombardments.
  • porous: General Olukolade said troops would continue to pursue the militants towards Nigeria's porous border with Cameroon.
  • incursion: Initial incursions into the Nigerian territories were made by the multi-national force supported by the African Union, which had massed in Cameroon.
  • bombard: Led by Chad, they bombarded Boko Haram positions and killed more than 300 of them.
  • postpone: The Nigerian government is eager to show progress in the fight against Boko Haram ahead of the general elections, the reason officials gave for postponing the polls in the first place.

Nigeria's 'brown envelope' journalism

  • pittance: Nigerian journalists are typically paid wretched salaries, and even the pittance to which they are entitled is often owed for months at a stretch.
  • disburse: As he disburses his staff salaries monthly, he also makes payments into the editors ' bank accounts.
  • tortuous: The judicial system is equally dysfunctional, making it tortuous to win a libel case.
  • vehement: Founded by Pulitzer-winning journalist Dele Olojede, it was celebrated for its vehement policy against brown envelopes.
  • reprimand: Rumours of the newspaper's reporters accepting brown envelopes had begun to filter in, but few editors had the heart to reprimand offenders.

Experts seek way home for Timbuktu manuscripts

  • treasure: Bamako (AFP)- A cultural treasure of sub-Saharan Islam, hundreds of thousands of priceless parchments sit on metal shelves in Mali's capital as archivists painstakingly classify and digitise them.
  • classify: Bamako (AFP)- A cultural treasure of sub-Saharan Islam, hundreds of thousands of priceless parchments sit on metal shelves in Mali's capital as archivists painstakingly classify and digitise them.
  • clandestine: Their clandestine passage to Bamako will remain one of the most remarkable episodes of the silent resistance to jihadism in northern Mali, documented to widespread acclaim in the Oscar-nominated movie " Timbuktu".
  • idolatrous: Islamist fighters had considered the texts and the shrines-- which helped earn the city UNESCO world heritage status-- to be idolatrous.
  • clandestine: The librarian organised the clandestine smuggling in three stages of thousands of tracts on astronomy, physics, chemistry and liter ature, hidden in trunks, backpacks and bags of rice.

Niger country profile

  • arid: A vast, arid state on the edge of the Sahara desert, Niger endured austere military rule for much of its post-independence history and is rated by the UN as one of the world's least-developed nations.
  • harvest: A farmer harvests a plentiful crop of millet in Niger, which however, is frequently at the mercy of food shortages.
  • millet: A farmer harvests a plentiful crop of millet in Niger, which however, is frequently at the mercy of food shortages.
  • harvest: Image caption A farmer harvests a plentiful crop of millet in Niger, which however, is frequently at the mercy of food shortages.
  • millet: Image caption A farmer harvests a plentiful crop of millet in Niger, which however, is frequently at the mercy of food shortages.