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W.H.O. Names Mugabe a ‘Good-Will Ambassador,’ and the World Balks

The World Health Organization’s decision to name President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a “good-will ambassador” has provoked outrage from medical professionals, rights groups, opposition leaders and others, who took to social media to call it an “insult” and “a sick joke.”The 93-year-old African leader, who has long faced United States sanctions...

Conflicting Accounts in Niger Ambush Are Subject of Pentagon Investigation

The Pentagon is trying to determine whether American forces involved in a deadly ambush in Niger this month diverted from their routine patrol to embark on an unapproved mission, military officials said on Friday.The questions have come up because the American and Nigerien soldiers on the patrol have given conflicting accounts about whether they were...

Global Health: The Long War on Polio, as Recalled by Its Generals

Global HealthBy DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.“Coffee With Polio Experts” will not be picked up by Hulu anytime soon, but there is something compelling in these short videos put out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.The formula is simple: Doctors who have spent years fighting polio in the world’s most remote regions sit down over coffee with a...

Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Hoisted onto the operating table by a nurse, Aminata Conteh, a spunky 8-year old, crossed her skinny ankles jauntily and held stock-still as doctors numbed her eye and then pierced it with a needle to withdraw a sample of fluid.Two years ago, Ebola nearly took Aminata’s life. Now, complications from it are threatening her...

Kenyan Election Official Fears New Vote Won’t Be Credible

NAIROBI, Kenya — After his fellow commissioner fled the country, citing threats to her life, Kenya’s top election official on Wednesday accused the nation’s political parties of undermining the country’s stability and warned that he was not confident that next week’s presidential election would be credible.Kenyans are scheduled to vote —...

Finance

The boycott of Qatar is hurting its enforcers

Doh! The embargo isn’t working THE largest insurer in the Gulf should have taken out a policy on itself. Last year Qatar Insurance collected about 110m rials ($30m) in premiums from its Abu Dhabi office. But in September it announced that, because of a diplomatic dispute, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)would not renew its...

John Magufuli is bulldozing the opposition and wrecking the economy

CRITICALLY ill in a hospital in Nairobi, Tundu Lissu, the chief whip of Tanzania’s main opposition party, Chadema, is a lesson to those who would criticise the Tanzanian president, John Magufuli (pictured). On September 7th Mr Lissu was gunned down in broad daylight near his house in the sleepy administrative capital, Dodoma, after returning...

The loneliest plant on earth

WOOD’S CYCAD is a striking plant, tall with a shaggy green crown and bright orange cones. But despite its good looks, it will never find a mate. “The loneliest plant in the world, right here,” a guide tells a golf cart full of visitors touring the Durban Botanic Gardens. Found in a Zululand forest in 1895, it is the only cycad of its kind,...

After all but defeating the jihadists, Iraq’s army turns on the Kurds

WHEN a leader loses half his realm and his government’s main source of revenue and shatters his people’s dreams of independence, all in a couple of days, an apology might seem in order. But Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, is not offering one. In the face of a lightning Iraqi advance, Kurdish forces retreated this...

Syria’s Kurds led the advance on Raqqa, but now may fracture

The wreckage of Raqqa THE bodies of the dead would hang for days from the railings in the main square of Raqqa. It was a macabre reminder to residents that Islamic State (IS) had declared the capital of its so-called caliphate in the Syrian city. Signs around the victims’ necks revealed their crimes. Dozens were executed for spying; others for...

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...

Deals

Mourant Ozannes advises Saudi Aramco on US$10 Billion Islamic bond issuance programme

Mourant Ozannes has advised the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, otherwise known as Saudi Aramco, in connection with the corporate structuring of its first Sukuk Issuance Programme, for an issuance of up to SAR 37.5 billion (US$10 billion) Sukuk (Islamic bonds), and its SAR 11.25 billion (US$3 billion) Sukuk issuance under the Programme. The Mourant Ozannes...

Job fair offers hope for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Around 50 companies were represented at the one-day event Wednesday as they scouted for candidates to fill some 1,000 job opportunities, compiling lists of applicants by name, age and qualification.The EU-funded job fair, a first at the desert camp that houses some 80,000 refugees, comes after the launch in August of the only employment office at Zaatari...

Gulf states say goodbye to tax-free reputation

Some have hailed introducing VAT as the start of "exciting, dramatic" change in the region, but the measure is also expected to push prices up for all residents including citizens and low-income workers.On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates doubles the price of tobacco and increases soft drink prices by 50 percent, ahead of the more general VAT on goods...

UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018

AFP Last updated: September 26, 2017 The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced plans to open a nuclear power plant next year, in what would be a first for the emirate and the Arab Gulf region.The $20-billion Barakah plant west of Abu Dhabi is being constructed by a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corp."We...

M&A deals back on Middle East's agenda

At the beginning of the year, MENA executives were hitting the pause button on M&A deals. Macroeconomic uncertainty had dampened M&A enthusiasm and had executives thinking twice about closing deals. However, there has been a recent turn in sentiment and a cautious enthusiasm to increase investments. The latest Capital Confidence Barometer report...

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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...