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The Road to Nowhere

[unable to retrieve full-text content]People seeking safety from Boko Haram — many of them women and children — are living along a highway in Niger, struggling to survive.Read More

Elephants Get a Reprieve as Price of Ivory Falls

By JEFFREY GETTLEMANMarch 29, 2017NAIROBI, Kenya — Finally, there’s some good news for elephants.The price of ivory in China, the world’s biggest market for elephant tusks, has fallen sharply, which may spell a reprieve from the intense poaching of the past decade.According to a report released on Wednesday by Save the Elephants, a respected...

Bodies of 2 U.N. Researchers Are Found in a Shallow Grave in Congo

By SOMINI SENGUPTAMarch 28, 2017UNITED NATIONS — In a village nestled in clouds in the thickly wooded hills of eastern Congo, Michael Sharp, a slight, bespectacled Mennonite from Kansas, looked perfectly at ease.That is how I remember him from a reporting trip to a village called Kigogo on a Monday in June of 2014. He had been in the Democratic...

Ex-First Lady of Ivory Coast Found Not Guilty of War Crimes

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — A court in Ivory Coast on Tuesday acquitted a former first lady of war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial that focused on her role in abuses that led to the deaths of thousands after an election in 2010.A jury voted unanimously to acquit Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo, said Judge Kouadio...

‘Social Discontent’ Grips Ivory Coast as Economic Gains Pass Many By

By SEAN LYNGAASMarch 28, 2017ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The stone-faced schoolboy peered into the camera and drew a deep breath.“Our leaders don’t respect us,” Adama Zanga Bamba shouted. “They should stop screwing our teachers!” A crowd of students behind him whooped in approval as Mr. Bamba, a high school student here in Ivory Coast, continued...

Finance

​World Takaful Conference to highlight how embracing a sustainable competitive strategy is the need of the hour for Takaful Operators

12th edition of conference to focus on the need for Takaful operators to revamp current strategies with the aim of increasing dwindling bottom line and underwriting profit margins.The 12th annual World Takaful Conference (WTC), convened by leading financial intelligence platform, Middle East Global Advisors, and held in strategic partnership with the...

Harmonization of industry regulatory frameworks a key theme at World Takaful Conference 2017

12th edition of conference to spearhead discussions underscoring the need for more collaboration amongst regulators and standard setters to address the prevalent fragmentation of the Takaful industryThe 12th annual World Takaful Conference (WTC), convened by leading financial intelligence platform, Middle East Global Advisors, and held in strategic...

​Dubai International Financial Centre joins world’s most influential global Takaful forum

Leading global financial hub is official Strategic Partner of 12th annual World Takaful Conference: The 12th annual World Takaful Conference (WTC) will be convened by leading financial intelligence platform, Middle East Global Advisors, in strategic partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). To be held under the theme of...

Indosuez Wealth Management names Middle East chief

Indosuez Wealth Management, the global wealth management division of Crédit Agricole Group, has appointed François Farjallah (pictured) as global head of the Middle East region.Based in Indosuez regional hub in Switzerland, he will drive and coordinate all wealth management activities in the region.Indosuez’s Middle East business is primarily developed...

​ME Global Advisors announces headlining speakers for Restructuring Summit in Dubai

Middle East’s inaugural summit will converge a diverse portfolio of speakers to discuss trends in restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and the new regulations involved in insolvency issues. Ahead of the inaugural Corporate Restructuring Summit (CRS) 2016 being held in Dubai, UAE on the 8th and 9th of November, Middle East Global Advisors -...

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Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404623_text (Sep 24, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM), issued Resolution No. 2,121/2015 on, inter alia, eliminating the need by women over 50 years of age to obtain the consent...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404624_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in...

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404625_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of...

China: Death Penalty Crimes to Be Further Reduced

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404620_text (Sep 22, 2015) On August 29, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) adopted the Ninth Amendment to the PRC Criminal Law. The 52-article Ninth Amendment will take effect...

Deals

Will Iran's Rouhani survive the bleak economy?

"This year was full of stress -- no jobs, recession, a stagnant housing market," said Ali Bakhtiyari, a jeweller in the Tajrish bazaar of northern Tehran.Business has been slow, he said, even during last week's run-up to Nowruz, the Persian new year."The government is trying to unlock things, but four years have passed. The locks should have been opened...

Reduxio raises $22M of Series C to enable hybrid IT data storage and accelerate customer growth

Largest funding round in company’s history led by C5 Capital. Reduxio Systems, the innovation leader in storage and data management solutions for the enterprise with to-the-second BackDating™ recovery capability, announced it has secured $22.5 million USD of its Series C funding in a round anticipated to total up to $32 million USD. The round...

Dubai's Emaar Malls rivals Amazon with $800m Souq.com bid

AFP Last updated: March 28, 2017 Dubai's Emaar Malls has offered $800 million to buy Souq.com, the Middle East's largest online retailer, it said Monday, challenging a reported offer by global giant Amazon. "Emaar Malls has submitted a bid of $800 million (736 million euros) for Souq.com...

Qatar set to invest £5 billion in UK over next five years

AFP Last updated: March 28, 2017 Qatar will invest £5 billion in Britain within five years in a boost for the post-Brexit economy, Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani announced Monday. "Over the next three to five years Qatar will invest £5 billion ($6.23...

Khamenei fleshes out "Made in Iran" vision

AFP Last updated: March 23, 2017 Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fleshed out his vision of a "Made in Iran" economy Tuesday, calling for a ban on certain imports and an end to the $15-billion smuggling trade. The annual speech on the first day of the Persian year serves as a sort...

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THE MUFFINZ TO PERFORM AT THE CAF AWARDS IN NIGERIA

South Africa’s beloved five-piece afro’lectric woke band – The Muffinz have been invited to perform at the CAF (Confederation of African Football) awards in Nigeria on the 5th January 2017. With two incredible and well-produced albums under their belt “Have You Heard” and “Do What You Love” respectively, the band has gained a burgeoning...

SEASONED MUSICIAN KUNLE AYO JOINS THE VOICE AFRIQUE

Multi-award winning Jazz musician Kunle Ayo has joined hit music show The Voice Afrique – catering to the French speaking African countries. The multi-talented Nigerian national starts filming The Voice francophone on the first week of January.   With six successful albums and two live DVDs under his belt, the energetic and lively muso will […]Read...

THE MUFFINZ TO PERFORM AT THE CAF AWARDS IN NIGERIA TONIGHT

South Africa’s beloved five-piece afro’lectric woke band – The Muffinz have been invited to perform at the CAF (Confederation of African Football) awards in Nigeria on the 5th January 2017. With two incredible and well-produced albums under their belt “Have You Heard” and “Do What You Love” respectively, the band has gained a burgeoning...

CASSPER NYOVEST & RIKY RICK JOIN DJ SHIMZA AT HIS ONE MAN SHOW

Tembisa-born DJ, Shimza real name Ashley Raphala is hosting his 8th annual One Man Show (OMS) at the Mehlareng Stadium on Christmas Day. The popular show has over the years showcased talents of some of the most remarkable artists in South African entertainment. 27 year-old Shimza whose music and talent is as great as his […]Read More

COINTREAU IS CALLING ALL SOUTH AFRICAN CREATIVES

Cointreau, the iconic triple sec brand, is empowering creativity across South Africa with the launch of their Cointreau Creative Crew (CCC) campaign. With a team of chic designers, acclaimed performers and photographers, the CCC offers an exclusive communication platform encouraging women (and men) to “DreamDareCreate”, in order to accomplish their...