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More Clues, and Questions, in 1961 Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold

Supported byMore Clues, and Questions, in 1961 Crash That Killed Dag HammarskjoldImageOfficials searching through debris after the plane carrying Dag Hammarskjold crashed in Northern Rhodesia.CreditCreditCentral Press/Hulton Archive, via Getty ImagesBy Rick Gladstone and Alan CowellFeb. 17, 2019A few provocative tidbits have emerged about the mysterious...

11th-Hour Delay of Nigeria’s Presidential Election Disappoints Millions

Supported by11th-Hour Delay of Nigeria’s Presidential Election Disappoints MillionsImageNigerians checking their names on voting lists in Jimeta on Saturday. The country’s electoral watchdog postponed presidential and parliamentary elections for one week, hours before polls were to open.CreditCreditLuis Tato/Agence France-Presse —...

Nigerian Candidates Urge Patience After Presidential Election Is Delayed

Supported byNigerian Candidates Urge Patience After Presidential Election Is DelayedImageSupporters of President Muhammadu Buhari at a rally in Abuja on Wednesday. He faced a tight race in the presidential election, which was scheduled for Saturday but was abruptly delayed by a week.CreditCreditKC Nwakalor for The New York TimesBy Dionne Searcey and...

Nigeria Postpones Election Just Hours Before Polls Open

Supported byNigeria Postpones Election Just Hours Before Polls OpenImageElection material awaiting distribution in Yola, Nigeria, on Friday.CreditCreditNyancho Nwanri/ReutersBy The Associated PressFeb. 15, 2019Nigeria’s electoral commission delayed the presidential election until Feb. 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls...

Brazil Arrests 8 at Mining Giant Vale Over Deadly Dam Collapse

Supported byBrazil Arrests 8 at Mining Giant Vale Over Deadly Dam CollapseImageA firefighter at the Vale plant near Brumadinho, Brazil, this past week. The rupture of the dam last month unleashed a tidal wave of mining waste and sludge that killed at least 166 people.CreditCreditDouglas Magno/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy Shasta DarlingtonFeb....

Finance

Boko Haram, Nigeria’s jihadist group, is regaining strength

A WILD-EYED Nigerian soldier looks into the camera: “We don’t have adequate weapons,” he says. “We can’t just be wasting our lives.” Nigerian opposition activists, who have circulated the video widely, say it shows soldiers fleeing an offensive by Boko Haram, the bloodthirsty jihadists terrorising north-eastern Nigeria, in December....

France is propping up a strongman in Chad

IDRISS DÉBY, Chad’s president, knows better than most how threatening a Toyota pickup truck can be. In 1990 he seized power after leading 300 of them on a dash through the desert to capture N’Djamena, Chad’s capital. Three years earlier, as army chief, his converted battle-wagons smashed through Libyan lines to end the “Toyota War”....

Cyril Ramaphosa has made uneven progress in repairing South Africa

IVY RAMAPHOSA is used to visitors. Most weeks callers will knock on the door of her home in Soweto, on the outskirts of Johannesburg. They come trying to reach her brother, Cyril, who moved here with Ivy and their family in 1963, during the apogee of apartheid. Today he makes only the occasional appearance. As President of South Africa, he is a...

Islamic State’s caliphate is nearing defeat

Into the final redoubt THE LAST defenders of the caliphate grazed like sheep until there was no grass left to eat. America bombed from above. Kurdish-led fighters pursued them on the ground. And Syrian and Iraqi armies maintained a siege from their respective positions across the Euphrates river and Iraqi border. Less than five years after it had...

Saudi Arabia’s missile race

IN 2016 Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, announced the latest stage of “Saudisation”—the replacement of foreign workers with Saudi ones. It now appears the policy does not stop at swapping out bankers and bakers, but extends to ballistic missiles. Satellite photos analysed by researchers from the Middlebury...

Legal

Foresight makes MEIF investment into software-based franking alternative business Postworks Limited

Foresight Group LLP (“Foresight”) announces the investment into Postworks Limited (“Postworks” or the “Company”) on behalf of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”). This mark’s Foresight’s third MEIF investment since its launch in February.   Postworks is an online franking company providing small and medium...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Deals

Roquette invests in Israeli seed breeding company Equinom

The companies signed an agreement to develop high-protein pea varieties for food markets Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets and a pioneer in new vegetal proteins, and Equinom Ltd., an innovative Israel based breeding technology company, have signed a partnership agreement for the development...

Maitland acquires Talaria, launches Maitland Family Office

Cross-border specialist wealth service likely to appeal to those needing offshore estate planning Maitland, the global advisory and administration firm, has announced the formation of Maitland Family Office, a multi-family office to service high net worth families, individuals and entrepreneurs in South Africa. The new entity will be one of the...

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,...