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The same problems that brought the global banking system to its knees are shackling Africa to a future of corruption and hunger, Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai told CNN.

"In any society, if there is no regulation, if there is no control, you will always get greedy and selfish people who are prepared to take the economy very far for their own selfish ends," she said.

The 69-year-old Kenyan was speaking on the phone ahead of the launch of her book, "The Challenge for Africa," in the U.S. this week. Read full article »

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