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Kofi Annan, Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, a soft-spoken and patrician diplomat from Ghana, who became the seventh secretary general of the United Nations, projecting himself and his organization as the world’s conscience and moral arbiter despite bloody debacles that left indelible stains on his record as a peacekeeper, died on Saturday. He was 80.His death, after...

Kofi Annan, Diplomat Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80

BREAKINGKofi Annan, Diplomat Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80ImageKofi Annan was the first secretary general to be chosen from the international civil servants who make up the United Nation’s bureaucracy.CreditChristoph Bangert for The New York TimesBy Alan CowellAug. 18, 2018Kofi Annan, a soft-spoken and patrician diplomat from Ghana, who became...

The Saturday Profile: Empowering Teenage Girls in a Traditional Village and Across Morocco

The Saturday ProfileEmpowering Teenage Girls in a Traditional Village and Across MoroccoImageMaryam Montague, who started a program to empower girls in Morocco.CreditNatalie Keyssar for The New York TimesBy Marjorie OlsterAug. 17, 2018DOUAR LAADAM, Morocco — In a tiny Moroccan village on the outskirts of Marrakesh, dozens of teenage girls wrapped...

Keïta Gets 2nd Term as Mali President With Runoff Victory

Keïta Gets 2nd Term as Mali President With Runoff VictoryImagePresident Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at a polling station in Bamako during Sunday’s runoff election.CreditAnnie Risemberg/Associated PressBy Clair MacDougallAug. 16, 2018BAMAKO, Mali — President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali claimed an overwhelming victory on Thursday...

President of Mali Gets 2nd Term With Victory in Runoff Vote

President of Mali Gets 2nd Term With Victory in Runoff VoteImagePresident Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at a polling station in Bamako during Sunday’s runoff election.CreditAnnie Risemberg/Associated PressBy Clair MacDougallAug. 16, 2018BAMAKO, Mali — President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali claimed an overwhelming victory on Thursday...

Finance

Under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) announces landmark 25th edition in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain

Over 1200 global industry powerhouses, policy makers, innovators and stakeholders will converge for the three-day long forum. Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrainand the strategic partnership of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the World Islamic Banking...

Saudi Arabia picks a pointless fight with Canada

QUEBEC’S proudly Francophone separatists may want to learn some Arabic. On August 5th, as Canadians enjoyed a long weekend, Saudi Arabia abruptly expelled their ambassador and froze bilateral trade and investment. Its state-run funds have reportedly been ordered to dump their Canadian assets, no matter how much it costs to do so. The kingdom...

Is the Western Wall falling down?

Between a rock and a holy place EVER since the Roman army tried to topple it in the 1st century, knocking a few slabs from the top, the Western Wall in Jerusalem has remained largely intact. A relic of the second Jewish temple, most of which the Romans did destroy, the wall attracts thousands of Jewish worshippers each day. One called Daniella Goldberg...

A crackdown in Zimbabwe exposes the instability of the Mnangagwa regime

Who ordered this? IN THE early hours of August 5th four men broke into a house in eastern Zimbabwe known to be home to activists for the MDC Alliance, the country’s main opposition bloc. They dragged the husband and wife outside before beating them with sticks on their back and buttocks. Two of the assailants took turns raping the wife; the other...

A bubbling Islamist insurgency in Mozambique could grow deadlier

RESIDENTS of Naunde village were woken by gunshots at around 2am on June 5th. Two of the attackers carried guns. The other three, armed with machetes, set houses on fire. Then they chased down a local chief and hacked off his head in front of horrified neighbours. They also killed six others, including an Islamic leader whom they beheaded in a...

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...