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Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French President Emmanuel Macron are visiting several African countries this week. Lavrov, in his travels across the continent where many countries are suffering drought, has sought to portray the West as the villain, blaming it for rising food prices, while Macron has accused the Kremlin of cynically using food as a weapon and waging an imperial-style war of conquest — words calculated to appeal to listeners in post-colonial Africa.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2013, photo, employees of the "Russia Today" television channel prepare for a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Russia Today's new headquarters in Moscow, Russia. Russia-backed RT television network's move to establish in July 2022 a news bureau in South Africa has been described as part of that government's long-term attempts to grow its influence in Africa. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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Sen. Edward Kennedy is shown on the TV screen as he spoke to the nation concerning the controversy surrounding his recent accident, July 25, 1…

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Lionel Richie, who's hit vocal "All Night Long" brought to a close on Dec. 4, 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, is joined by a group of you…

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Richard Pryor holds a chicken while speaking with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" at the NBC studio in Burbank, Calif., Oct. 9, 1986. (AP …

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Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, left, is is shown with Pat Sajak, host of the "Pat Sajak Show," during Bayh's guest appearance in Los Angeles, July 4,…

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Television cast of "The Cosby Show" poses April 3, 1986. (AP Photo/Burnett)

Henry Winkler, "the Fonz" in television's popular "Happy Days" is pictured in his motel room in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Friday, March 25, 1977, …