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After Snubbing Taiwan, Burkina Faso Establishes Diplomatic Ties With China

After Snubbing Taiwan, Burkina Faso Establishes Diplomatic Ties With ChinaImageChina’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, second from right, and Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry, signing documents establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing on Saturday.CreditPool photo by Thomas PeterBy The New York TimesMay...

The Look: Morocco’s D.I.Y. Dance Crews

The LookMorocco’s D.I.Y. Dance CrewsBreak dancing has been a crucial outlet for young people throughout the country, where government funding for the arts is limited.Photographs by Yassine Alaoui IsmailiText by Aida AlamiProduced by Eve LyonsMay 26, 2018ImageMembers of the Lions Crew, a break dancing group in Casablanca, practice on the roof of...

Dozens Dead in Congo After Boat Capsizes

Dozens Dead in Congo After Boat CapsizesBy The Associated PressMay 25, 2018KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Dozens of people drowned after a boat tipped over in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said on Friday.The vice governor of Tshuapa Province, Richard Mboyo Iluka, said the boat was carrying passengers to the city...

Trilobites: Scientists See Promise in Resurrecting These Rhinos That Are Nearly Extinct

Scientists See Promise in Resurrecting These Rhinos That Are Nearly ExtinctEven if the technology can bring back the northern white rhinoceros, should we do it?ImageSudan, the last male northern white rhino, who died March 20 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. CreditSan Diego Zoo GlobalBy Steph YinMay 24, 2018When the last male northern white rhinoceros...

Global Health: New Ebola Tactics Raise Hope but May Sow Confusion

Global HealthNew Ebola Tactics Raise Hope but May Sow ConfusionImageA worker at the entrance of the Wangata Reference Hospital in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of Ebola has claimed 58 confirmed or suspected victims.CreditJunior Kannah/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy Donald G. McNeil Jr.May 24, 2018Although there...

Finance

A woman who ran against Rwanda's president is on trial

PAUL KAGAME, the president of Rwanda, thinks there is nothing odd about how he won re-election for a third presidential term last year with 98% of the vote. “It could have been 100%,” he told the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank in New York a few months later. It is hard to tell how popular Mr Kagame really is. Serious candidates...

How volunteer cartographers are mapping epidemics and atrocities

ON MAY 9th, the day after the first cases of Ebola were confirmed in Bikoro, an urgent request came into the headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international charity. Maps of this part of the Democratic Republic of Congo were needed to deliver vaccines and medical help. Yet accurate ones did not exist. MSF turned to the crowd...

The Ebola outbreak in Congo can probably be contained

IN A dank, unlit room in a government office in Mbandaka, a sleepy city of 1m people on the banks of the Congo river, Marie-Claire Thérèse Fwelo is booming out her most valuable knowledge to an assembled group of perhaps 80 health workers. “What do we look for?” she asks the class. They respond in unison: “a brutal fever”. And what else?...

She ran against Rwanda’s president. Now she is in the dock for “inciting insurrection”

PAUL KAGAME, the president of Rwanda, thinks there is nothing odd about how he won re-election for a third presidential term last year with 98% of the vote. “It could have been 100%,” he told the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank in New York a few months later. It is hard to tell how popular Mr Kagame really is. Serious candidates...

The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine

Sinwar has seen war and it didn’t work YAHYA SINWAR, 56, has spent his entire adult life in prisons: the concrete Israeli sort and the open-air prison that is Gaza. Yet Mr Sinwar is now, arguably, the most influential man in the Palestinian territories. On May 16th, two days after Israeli soldiers killed about 60 Palestinian protesters at 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...