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Obama targets Africa's youth bulge as key to continent's future

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama arrives in Kenya on Friday to promote the economic prospects of Africa, a continent approaching a tipping point of prosperity or instability. Underlying sub-Saharan Africa's 5 percent growth rate is a melange of weak governments, entrenched corruption and threats from militant groups such as Boko Haram. That combination has made the region a priority for U.S. intelligence agencies. A wild card for the region's future and one that will be part of Obama's focus over a five-day visit is that 43 percent of the population is under age 15. Those young people can evolve into a workforce that helps drive Africa's growth or turn into...

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