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Venezuela’s dictator vows to block deliveries of American aid

CORNFLOUR, HIGH-ENERGY biscuits, nappies and toilet paper are among the provisions packed into white plastic bags and piled on the floor of a customs warehouse near Cúcuta, on Colombia’s side of its border with Venezuela. Medical supplies such as syringes are stored nearby. On February 23rd, promises Juan Guaidó, whom Venezuela’s legislature...

Brazil’s most famous graft-buster, Sérgio Moro, is now justice minister

HE IS ONLY ten minutes late, which by the norms of Brazil’s capital amounts to being early. Yet Sérgio Moro apologises profusely, explaining that he was called to a meeting with congressmen. The politeness and an occasional boyish smile are trademarks he deployed as Brazil’s most media-adept judge. They should not be misread. There is a quiet...

Latin America is losing its battle against teen pregnancy

“MY BODY GOT really big.” That was a shock to Radhaisis Martínez Nuñez, who was just 15 when she got pregnant. As she reminisces, a naked two-year-old streaks into her kitchen. His grandmother whisks him away. Ms Martínez, now 18, has not been back to school. She hopes to return, but now her body is changing again. She is seven months pregnant...

Property crime rates test San Franciscans’ values

TWO SURPRISES greet first-time visitors to California’s Bay Area. The first is that Silicon Valley is not a specific place but a booming mini-region, with no sign advertising when one has arrived or left. The second is that despite its beauty and wealth, San Francisco is one of America’s grittiest cities. In some neighbourhoods people openly...

Arkansas puts work requirements on Medicaid

CASEY COPELAND’S addiction to heroin landed him in jail, but he came out scared straight. Without a job, he signed up for health insurance through Medicaid, the government health-insurance programme for the poorest, and took up volunteering at a charity that helps the homeless. Mr Copeland thought that was that. He was unaware of the work requirement...

Asia Pacific

HSA Advocates expands its Regulatory & Policy and Disputes Practice with new additions in the partnership collegium

HSA Advocates (“HSA”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Apoorva Misra as Partner and Shreshth Sharma and Nitish Gupta as Associate Partners in the Regulatory & Policy and Disputes practice. While the three partners will be based out of the firm’s New Delhi office, however, their responsibilities will not be restricted by geography. Apoorva...

Benelux law firm AKD keeps in step with growth of Asian market and expands Asian practice

Benelux law firm AKD expands its Asian practice with the arrival of Hyunju Park, Kaori Ishikawa and Xian Kong. Hyunju focuses on the Korean market, Kaori on Japan and Xian on China. Erwin Rademakers, AKD’s managing partner, who is also responsible for the firm’s Asian practice, explains: “The business sector in Korea, Japan and China is growing...

Rachika A Sahay joins HSA Advocates as Partner in the New Delhi office

Rachika A Sahay joins HSA Advocates as Partner to further strengthen the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure and Corporate practices. She will be operating out of the firm’s New Delhi office. Rachika has over a decade of experience in handling a broad range of deals in the energy sector. She also has diverse experience in handling corporate transactions...

Japanese firms step up overseas M&A

Number of deals hits record in first half as smaller companies get into the game With SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son taking the lead, Japanese companies have been engaging in mergers and acquisitions at record levels. Japanese corporations made 339 overseas mergers and acquisitions during the first half of the current Japanese fiscal year, the highest...

Investcorp adds Deepak Parekh to International Advisory Board

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced that Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC Limited, Indian’s leading Financial Services conglomerate, has been appointment to Investcorp’s International Advisory Board. Mr Parekh has played a significant role in the development of the financial sector...

Europe

A skilled workforce needs employers

We need politicians to understand how a skilled workforce is locally sustained Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, has highlighted the need for a radical overhaul of our skills policy to help places like Bradford, one of the top 40 constituencies to be affected by automation in the coming years. Cummins identified that 15% of her constituents have...

Restructuring Partner Mark Knight Joins Sidley in London

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Mark Knight has joined the firm as a partner in its London office. He will be a member of Sidley’s global Restructuring practice. Mr. Knight is experienced in leading complex, precedent- setting multijurisdictional restructurings on both the creditor and debtor sides.Before joining Sidley, Mr. Knight served...

SANNE opens new office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

SANNE, a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate services is delighted to announce the opening of a new office in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The opening of this new office adds further European capability to SANNE’s already strong network of offices located in the leading international financial centres, including London, Dublin,...

Five things to look out for in 2019

Graham Bishop, investment director at Heartwood Investment Management, the asset management arm of Handelsbanken in the UK: On the heels of a year dominated by trade wars, Brexit melodrama, and challenging investment markets, what should investors look out for in the year ahead? Mad as a March hare: The US debt ceiling debate At the beginning...

Pantheon opens Dublin office

Authorized as an EU Alternative Investment Fund Manager (“AIFM”) Authorized to conduct regulated activities within the EULocal team in place led by Stephen Branagan, CEO, Pantheon Ventures (Ireland) DAC Pantheon, a $42 billion global investor in private equity, infrastructure, real assets and debt, has announced it is fully operational in...

Mena

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....

International

Third-generation Muslims in the West are devising a new Islam for themselves

“PEOPLE ARE of two types in relation to you,” Imam Ali, the prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law and one of his first caliphs, or successors, is reputed to have said. “Either your brother in Islam, or your brother in humanity.” The Shia community of Mahfil Ali in north London tries to turn word into deed. Women often open services with a prayer....

The 30m Muslims living in Europe and America are gradually becoming integrated

EVERY FRIDAY lunchtime, Washington’s Church of the Epiphany near the White House turns into a mosque. Hundreds of Muslims prostrate themselves in the direction of Mecca on carpets spread on the ground (pictured). The congregation includes Homeland Security and FBI agents, State Department bureaucrats and a posse of lawyers from the Department...

Radicalised jihadists have done untold damage to Islam’s image

NO PLACE IN Europe has done more to nurture Europe’s jihadists than the quaint neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels. Some of its youth planned the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the suicide-bombings in Brussels five months later. Molenbeek is now quiet, but Johan Leman, a veteran social worker who knew one of the bombers, finds the lull...

Islam’s long history in Europe has entered a new chapter

Besieging Vienna to no avail THE SYRIAN refugees who recently arrived on Greece’s shores punctured their dinghies to ensure there was no way back. They were following a tradition dating to Islam’s first foray into Europe. In 711, a century after the faith was founded, Tariq ibn Ziyad, a Muslim commander, sailed across the Strait of Gibraltar...

How Islam in the West is influenced from abroad

THE IMAM of Germany’s largest mosque (pictured) is struggling to fill it. It holds 1,200 worshippers, cost €20m ($22.8m) and was opened last September to much fanfare in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, the German state with the biggest concentration of Muslims. But only a few dozen elderly men attend his Sunday noon prayers. It might help...