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Trilobites: Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Scientists Camouflaged Horses to Find Out

Supported byTrilobitesWhy Do Zebras Have Stripes? Scientists Camouflaged Horses to Find OutIf you spend time around horses or flies, you might want to invest in some zebra print.ImageThose stripes might be some of nature’s most effective insect repellent.CreditCreditNatacha Pisarenko/Associated PressBy JoAnna KleinFeb. 20, 2019What’s black,...

Oil Companies May Be Complicit in Atrocities in South Sudan, U.N. Panel Says

Supported byOil Companies May Be Complicit in Atrocities in South Sudan, U.N. Panel SaysImageInternally displaced persons in South Sudan, near the border with Uganda. Fighting between government forces and rebels has driven thousands to flee their homes.CreditCreditSumy Sadurni/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy Nick Cumming-BruceFeb. 20, 2019GENEVA...

Egypt Executes 9 Convicted of Assassinating Top Prosecutor

Supported byEgypt Executes 9 Convicted of Assassinating Top ProsecutorImageHisham Barakat, Egypt’s top prosecutor, was killed in 2015 when a bomb struck his convoy in Cairo.CreditCreditKhaled Desouki/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy The Associated PressFeb. 20, 2019CAIRO — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine men suspected of belonging...

Tanzania Court Convicts ‘Ivory Queen’ for Trafficking Elephant Tusks

Supported byTanzania Court Convicts ‘Ivory Queen’ for Trafficking Elephant TusksImageYang Feng Glan, left, was accused of smuggling $5.6 million worth of ivory to Asia from Tanzania between 2000 and 2004.CreditCreditEmmanuel Herman/ReutersBy ReutersFeb. 19, 2019DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese...

Tanzania Convicts ‘Ivory Queen’ for Trafficking Elephant Tusks

Supported byTanzania Convicts ‘Ivory Queen’ for Trafficking Elephant TusksImageYang Feng Glan, left, was accused of smuggling $5.6 million worth of ivory to Asia from Tanzania between 2000 and 2004.CreditCreditEmmanuel Herman/ReutersBy ReutersFeb. 19, 2019DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese businesswoman...

Finance

An entrepreneur brings professional grieving to eastern Congo

DEBORAH NZIGIRE, a 65-year-old Congolese woman, is nervous when she sits down for her job interview. Her hands are clasped tightly together, her words are slow and deliberate; she is blinking too much. “What inspired you to pursue this career?” asks one of the two people on the interview panel. Her answer is garbled, she mentions money. When asked...

How Africa is creating welfare states

UNDERNEATH THE mango tree that marks the centre of Kondo, a village in northern Tanzania, Mwanaidi Saidi prises open a green box. Inside are the 110,000 Tanzanian shillings ($47) the 35-year-old has saved since she joined the country’s nascent welfare scheme. “The money helps me solve small problems,” she says. It has helped her buy school uniforms...

The geography of education in Africa

EDUCATION IN sub-Saharan Africa has come a long way. About 70% of children can expect to finish primary school, up from 45% in 1971. Progress though, has not been evenly spread. A new paper sheds light on why. The strongest predictor of whether children will finish primary school is their parents’ level of education. But geography also plays a role....

The decline of the Israeli left

“PEACE HAS become a dirty word.” That was the main reason given by Tzipi Livni (pictured) for quitting politics on February 18th. Over the course of two decades in the Knesset, Ms Livni, once a protégé of Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s nationalist prime minister, came to support the establishment of a Palestinian state. But too many voters moved...

Governments are struggling to deal with returning jihadists

IN THE FIRST heady days of their self-proclaimed caliphate, foreigners who joined Islamic State (IS) gleefully renounced their ties to the West. Jihadists from France, Canada and other countries filmed themselves burning their passports. But as IS nears its defeat, once-belligerent radicals act now like aggrieved tourists stranded on a package...

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,...