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This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Burkina Faso in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso; once a magnet for tourists it’s now largely overlooked by Western travellers because of recurrent jihadist attacks. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where after three years in the making, the country’s National Museum has opened its doors in the capital of Kinshasa.

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Xi Jinping gives Putin ‘legendary horse’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping exchanged gifts after their bilateral meeting at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Friday.

Putin was presented with a copy of The Legendary Horse on the Great Silk Road figuring, the figure itself has great historical meaning and is kept in the National Museum in Beijing.

Xi also gave the Russian president a set of silverware from the Beijing Friendship hotel, which was built 65 years ago celebrate cooperation between the two countries.

Putin presented the Chinese leader with a Russian-Chinese cooperation poster, which was created by artist Isaac Greenstein in 1956.

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National Museum fire: a new “murder” for the indigenous people

The indigenous people of the Maracana camp in Rio helplessly watched as the National Museum burned. Just days after the massive blaze ripped through the entire museum, which housed a vast collection of objects and archives of Brazilian indigenous history, they say they’re experiencing the loss as a new assassination of their memory.

Scuffles erupt during protest outside burned National Museum of Brazil

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A few hundred protesters who gathered outside the gates of Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro tried several times to push into the site, demanding to see the damage and calling on the government to rebuild the structure that was destroyed by a fire on Sunday night.

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Fire crews try to save relics from Rio museum fire

(3 Sep 2018) A huge fire engulfed Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics from the blaze. (Sept. 3)

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