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The declining quality of Venezuela’s propaganda

IN WEEKS of almost daily protests, opponents of Venezuela’s authoritarian regime have found different ways to express their anger. They have held raucous banner-waving marches, a silent demonstration and a sit-in on Caracas’s main roads. At least 29 people have died since March in the worst unrest in three years. Many of these...

Latin America’s great re-election debate

IF YOU need a pretext for a political climbdown in Latin America, they don’t come much better than a plea from the pope. That was the excuse that Horacio Cartes, Paraguay’s president, used to drop his plan to run for a second consecutive term in 2018, which required changing the constitution. He was inspired to desist, he wrote to the archbishop...

São Paulo’s mayor tries to make the city greener

Looking for places to hang a garden THE phrase “concrete jungle” might have been coined for São Paulo. Brazil’s megalopolis has 2.6 square metres (28 square feet) of green space for each of its 11m inhabitants, a tenth as much as New York and a fifth of what the World Health Organisation recommends. As with wealth, greenery is unequally distributed....

Donald Trump takes aim at Canada

“CANADA, what they’ve done to our dairy-farm workers, it’s a disgrace,” snapped Donald Trump from the Oval Office on April 20th. Mr Trump had just heard complaints from American producers of ultra-filtered milk, used to make cheese and yogurt, who said they were shut out of the regulated Canadian market after a change in the rules. “We...

A row over the colours in Argentina’s flag

ARGENTINA’S national colours are instantly recognisable. The flag’s sky-blue stripes and golden sun adorn everything from football shirts to fridge magnets. A huge monument in Rosario, a port city, marks the site where Manuel Belgrano, a founding father, raised the first flag in 1812. On the anniversary of his death, June 20th, schoolchildren...

Asia Pacific

NIO unveils production vehicle for China Market

NIO unveiled new production vehicle, the NIO ES8, a 7-seater high-performance electric SUV for the China market - NIO ES8’s official launch will take place at the end of this year, with deliveries expected to begin next year - NIO to begin taking pre-orders of its flagship supercar, the NIO EP9, priced at 1.48 million USD - 11 Cars: NIO showcased...

X-ELIO closes the financing process for two new photovoltaic plants in Japan

The group achieves the necessary funds for the start-up of two new solar parks in Japan: Tsurusu and Shiroishi.Both PV power stations will be located at Miyagi Prefecture. Tsurusu Park will have a capacity of 38 MW and Shiroishi will reach 28 MW.The plants are expected to start producing energy in the second half of 2018.With both parks, the X-ELIO...

Hindalco raises ₹3,350 crore via QIP

Hindalco Industries, an Aditya Birla group company, has raised ₹3,350 crore through issue of shares under qualified institutional placement, largely to pay back high-cost debt and invest in value-added aluminium and copper products. The capital-raising committee of the company’s board met here on Thursday and approved the proposal to allot 17.68...

Survey by MVision and London Business School reveals private equity’s attitudes to Chinese outbound acquisitions

Chinese money to heat up M&A in next 12 months Report released by MVision Private Equity Advisers and the London Business School reveals private equity’s attitudes to Chinese outbound acquisitionsPrivate equity firms expect to face more competition from Chinese buyers over the next 12 months across multiple sectors, with healthcare expected to see...

Strong year forecast for Asia Pacific M&A

Optimism is high for M&A in Asia Pacific following a solid 2016, Herbert Smith Freehills says.“2016 presented Asia Pacific’s dealmakers with a range of challenges including low commodity prices, volatile capital markets in some parts of Asia, a new US administration, along with the global shock of Brexit," commented Andrew Pike, Herbert Smith Freehills’...

Europe

SIA Group opens Southampton office

SIA Group, a leading asset valuation, asset advisory and asset disposal business has announced the opening of a Southampton office further expanding its operations across the UK. The office located at Enterprise House, Ocean Village, Southampton SO14 3XB will be staffed by an initial four strong local team of asset valuation,advisory and disposal...

Dow Jones VentureSource 1Q’17 Europe Venture Capital Report

VENTURE CAPITAL REPORT:The following report presents Dow Jones VentureSource’s quarterly findings for European venture capital fundraising, investment, valuation, and liquidity. The included charts and graphs offer a comprehensive view of the trends currently affecting the venture capital market. Highlights for 1Q 2017 include: The...

​Equiniti International Payments strengthens team with six hires across the business

The leading global payments provider, Equiniti International Payments, has appointed six new members of staff as it drives forward further growth across the business.Aftab Baig joins the global payments provider as Head of FinCrime Compliance (Interim), and reports into Nick Pedersen, Managing Director. Thomas Campbell joins as Business Development...

Tikehau Capital celebrates successful listing on Euronext Paris

Market capitalisation €1.5 billionEuronext today welcomed asset management and investment group Tikehau Capital’s listing in Compartment A of its regulated market in Paris. Tikehau Capital was founded in Paris in 2004 and manages assets totalling nearly €10 billion. It has built its growth on four asset categories: private debt, real estate,...

Analysis: The Hottest Sector for Late Stage Tech​ Investing in Europe is Non-Tech

Investments masquerading as tech disguise the fundamental weakness of Europe’s late stage funding rounds.Only 20 real tech companies in Europe get crucial late stage funding each year.Europe is much further behind the US in late stage tech investing than it appears, according to analysis by Magister Advisors. Late stage tech funding is far behind...

Mena

Britain Accuses Ghana Lawmakers of Visa Fraud

ACCRA, Ghana — The British authorities have accused three members of Ghana’s Parliament and a former lawmaker of visa fraud, saying the men abused their diplomatic privileges to help people travel to Britain.Jon Benjamin, the British high commissioner to Ghana, described the men’s behavior as “completely unacceptable” and said that in some...

Hissène Habré, Ex-Ruler of Chad, Loses War Crimes Appeal

DAKAR, Senegal — A court in Senegal on Thursday upheld the war crimes conviction of Hissène Habré, the former leader of a murderous regime in Chad, keeping in place a life sentence and establishing a trust fund for scores of victims who fought for years to bring him to justice.It took an hour for the court to read a summary of its more than 200-page...

Cuito Cuanavale Journal: In Angolan Town, Land Mines Still Lurk ‘Behind Every Bush’

CUITO CUANAVALE, Angola — Domingos Luis, a 20-year-old farmer, has lived his entire life in a hamlet surrounded by land mines, their lurking threat a constant presence. He remembers the old man who was killed after stepping on an explosive while tending his crops. Wild pigs and deer still set off mines in the nearby bush.“I grew up with the fear...

How a Nation Reconciles After Genocide Killed Nearly a Million People

MBYO, Rwanda — They awoke early and gathered along a plot of land here in this Rwandan village made up of a handful of homes. Together, they began hacking away at a grass-bare patch with long-handled garden hoes. The mission: Dig a drainage ditch alongside a row of homes that had been continuously flooding during rains.Scenes like this one were playing...

Genocide’s Legacy: A Reconciliation Village in Rwanda

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The 1994 Rwandan genocide tore the country apart. But today, in the village of Mbyo, perpetrators and victims live side by side.Read More