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Landslide in Congo Kills Dozens, Official Says

NAIROBI, Kenya — A landslide after heavy rains in an eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed dozens of people, according to an estimate of the number of households buried by tons of mud, an official said Saturday.About 50 households in the fishing village of Tora, in Ituri Province on the shore of Lake Albert in the Western Rift...

Flow of Migrants to Italy Slows, but Nobody Knows Why

LONDON — The main route to Europe is experiencing one of its longest lulls since the migration crisis began in 2014.Just over 4,000 migrants have reached Italy from Libya since mid-July, about a fifth of the number during each of the equivalent periods of 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.The lull provides rare respite...

Crusader Who Saved Elephants From Poachers Is Shot Dead in Tanzania

Wayne Lotter, a wildlife conservationist from South Africa, was fatally shot this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he had worked to stop poaching and the illegal ivory trade, the organization he helped found said.Mr. Lotter was killed in a district of the east African country’s capital late on Wednesday, the PAMS Foundation said in its statement...

Sierra Leone Mudslides Unlikely to Leave Survivors, Rescuers Say

DAKAR, Senegal — Rescuers in Sierra Leone’s capital said on Friday that it was unlikely any of the hundreds of people buried in mudslides this week were still alive, after torrential rains that hit the country’s capital left more than 400 people dead.A search and rescue mission that had been carried out since heavy rains triggered the collapse...

Jihadist Is Liable for $3.2 Million for Damage to Shrines in Mali

PARIS — The International Criminal Court ruled on Thursday that an Islamist extremist who pleaded guilty last year to destroying shrines and damaging a mosque in the ancient city of Timbuktu, Mali, was liable for damages of $3.2 million.The man, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a member of a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda, took part in the smashing of a...

Finance

The MPLA’s grip on Angola is weakening

But will he make Angolans smile? IT IS fitting that the black-and-red flag of Angola is hardly distinguishable from that of its ruling party. The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has led the country since independence from Portugal in 1975. At the parliamentary election in 2008 it won 82% of the vote; in 2012 it won 72%. Few...

Israel has a gas conundrum

LONG a resource-poor country, Israel now has more natural gas than it knows how to use. Even by conservative estimates, the fields discovered off its Mediterranean coast since 2009 hold enough energy to meet domestic needs for 40 years. The government hopes to earn a windfall by selling the excess abroad; the owners of Leviathan, the largest field,...

A battle over language is hampering Algeria’s development

FOR most countries, language is as simple as ABC. Not Algeria. Its kindergartens are a linguistic morass. The republic’s official language is standard Arabic, but few children grow up speaking it, so they often feel lost on their first day of school. Berber, the tongue of perhaps a quarter of Algerians, was officially recognised last year—but...

Kenya’s new government faces serious challenges

WHEN the final results of Kenya’s presidential election were announced on the evening of August 11th, many feared the worst. Hours previously the opposition, led by Raila Odinga, a perennial presidential candidate, had walked out of a meeting with the electoral commission. James Orengo, one of Mr Odinga’s closest allies, said that the announcement...

A mudslide devastates the capital of Sierra Leone

Torrential rains overwhelmed the drainage system in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, creating a devasting flood on August 14th. Water surged through the city, causing mudslides that killed hundreds of people and washed away ramshackle homes. Hundreds more people remain missing. To the plagues of poverty, civil war and Ebola that have ravaged...

Legal

The parallel market listing rules

"...The formation of an advanced financial and capital market open to the world, allowing greater funding. To this end, we will continue facilitating access to investing and trading in the stock markets. We will smooth the process of listing private Saudi companies and state-owned enterprises, including Aramco. This will require deepening liquidity...

Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Monitor

Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Monitorhttp://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home</link> The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national...

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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...

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Bruised but coping, Qatar's economy remains strong

Qatar's economy has been hit by the sanctions imposed by a Saudi-led Arab bloc but the emirate's economy is strong enough to survive, analysts say. Since June 5, Saudi Arabia and allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates shut down air, maritime and land links with Qatar, and imposed economic sanctions, accusing Doha...

Uprooted entrepreneurs form 'Little Damascus' in northwest Syria

His restaurant Sultan Daraya sits in a row of shops and eateries run by Syrians who quit their formerly rebel-held towns around the capital Damascus under deals with the regime.With names like Madaya Supermarket and Ibad al-Rahman's Damascene Delicacies, the shops have turned this quarter of rebel-controlled Idlib into a "Little Damascus."Sultan Daraya's...

​Helios Investment Partners acquires African fertilizers and inputs operations

Helios Investment Partners (“Helios”), the leading Africa-focused private investment firm, has today announced the acquisition of 100% of Fertilizers and Inputs Holding B.V. (the “Company”), which holds Louis Dreyfus Company’s (“LDC”) Africa-based fertilizers and inputs operations. Formerly part of SCPA Sivex International (“SSI”)...

Middle East growth to dive as Saudi economy stagnates, says IMF

AFP Last updated: July 30, 2017 Economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa is forecast to slow considerably over oil prices as the Saudi economy slides, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. After a better than expected performance with five percent growth in 2016,...

Iraqis in Mosul markets both fear and hope for the future

Iraqi merchants and shoppers jostle in the lively open-air market of Gogjali on the eastern edges of Mosul, their voices often drowned out by the honking horns of cars. "Mosul will never be the same again," sighs Yunes Abdullah, a 60-year-old former soldier who set up a stall to repair televisions and other electrical appliances.Merchants...

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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...