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Dorothy Cheney, Who Studied Primates Up Close, Dies at 68

Dorothy Cheney, Who Studied Primates Up Close, Dies at 68ImageDorothy Cheney with baboons at the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Her research there included insights into the hierarchical nature of baboon societies.By Neil GenzlingerNov. 14, 2018Dorothy L. Cheney, whose careful research into how primates live and communicate revealed the surprising...

U.N. Lifts Sanctions on Eritrea, but Keeps Somalia Arms Embargo

U.N. Lifts Sanctions on Eritrea, but Keeps Somalia Arms EmbargoImageFrom left, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia last week in Ethiopia.CreditCreditEduardo Soteras/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy The Associated PressNov. 14, 2018UNITED NATIONS —...

How to Date a Lot of Billionaires

ImageKiran and Jyoti Matharoo in the Consort Bar at Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel.CreditCreditTara Walton for The New York TimesHow to Date a Lot of BillionairesJyoti and Kiran Matharoo sought fame on social media by flaunting what nature — and men — gave them. Then they got locked up abroad. Kiran and Jyoti Matharoo in the Consort...

Car Bombs Kill at Least 20 in Somalia’s Capital

Car Bombs Kill at Least 20 in Somalia’s CapitalImageSecurity officers fleeing the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Friday.CreditCreditFeisal Omar/ReutersBy The Associated PressNov. 9, 2018MOGADISHU, Somalia — Four car bombs exploded outside a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday afternoon, killing at least 20 people...

Somali Pirates, a Kidnapping, Then a Facebook Message

Somali Pirates, a Kidnapping, Then a Facebook MessageImageAn indictment made public Wednesday charged Mohamed Tahlil Mohamed with kidnapping Michael Scott Moore, above, in Somalia.CreditCreditChris Pizzello/Associated PressBy Benjamin WeiserNov. 9, 2018Somali pirates kidnapped and held Michael Scott Moore, a journalist, hostage for two-and-a-half terrifying...

Finance

The Gambia grapples with the legacy of its former dictator

WHEN JENEBA heard that Yahya Jammeh, then president of the Gambia, had found a cure for AIDS, she tossed away her medicines and signed up for his treatment programme. Every morning she and hundreds of others went to his private clinic. The president, dressed in white and often waving a Koran, would massage creams into her face. Nurses gave her...

Cocoa processing is not a golden ticket for west Africa

IN 1876 TETTEH QUARSHIE, a blacksmith, smuggled the first cocoa beans into Ghana, hidden beneath his box of tools. He is now celebrated as a national hero; his trees, planted in the hills outside Accra, are a tourist attraction. But did cocoa make him rich? “No,” says a guide. “He harvested for the first time, and then he died.” West Africans...

Conflict in the Gulf is hurting Dubai

Stormy times ahead DUBAI IS UNLIKE most of the Gulf’s sheikhdoms. Its economy thrives not on oil, but on tourism, trade and finance. Its patch of desert hosts one of the world’s busiest airports, its tallest skyscraper and the region’s biggest port at Jebel Ali. The pace of construction is dizzying. The emirate’s GDP is projected to grow...

An election looms in Israel

WHEN AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN became Israel’s defence minister in 2016, he vowed to eliminate the leader of Hamas within 48 hours. Two years later Ismail Haniyeh is still alive—and may have just helped eliminate Israel’s government. On November 14th Mr Lieberman (above, left) resigned, withdrawing his party from the ruling coalition over its supposed...

Designer vaginas are all the rage in Lebanon

“IN THE GULF the ladies want a big butt and a big vagina. Not the Lebanese. They want smaller vaginas. They are more like the Europeans: they want the labia inside.” So says Dr Hussein Hashim, a plastic surgeon in Beirut, as he sits behind a desk scattered with buttock implants. He and his colleagues perform surgeries with names like “The...

Legal

Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Families ; Health; Pregnancy - 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Asylum; Immigration; Refugees; Treaties and International Agreements/Refugees - 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...

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Foreign investments; Forests and timber; Judiciary; Minority rights; Natural resources - 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...

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...

Deals

MENA drops 57.6% in value of M&A

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa region declined by 57.6 per cent in 2017, despite the deal count maintaining almost the same level as the previous year, according to Mergermarket, a provider of M&A data and intelligence. For full year 2017, 126 deals worth approximately $16 billion (Dh58.76 billion) were recorded...

Private equity consortium invests into supplier of corporate and promotional apparel

A private equity consortium comprising RMB Corvest, RMB Ventures and Ethos Mid Market Fund have, alongside management, acquired 100% of Kevro, Africa’s largest value-add supplier of corporate and promotional apparel, and other brandable products.  Kevro was acquired from Ethos Fund VI, which had owned a 72% stake in the group since 2011 and...

European business deals with Iran are safe, says Tillerson

AFP Last updated: October 22, 2017 The United States does not intend to disrupt European business deals with Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in comments published Friday.Tillerson, speaking one week after President Donald Trump refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal and left its fate to the US Congress,...

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...