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Dutch Court Sentences Ethiopian to Life in Prison for War Crimes

AdvertisementTHE HAGUE — A court in the Netherlands on Friday convicted an aide to a former Ethiopian dictator and sentenced him to life in prison for war crimes carried out during Ethiopia’s “red terror” purges of the 1970s, including the execution of 75 prisoners.The defendant, Eshetu Alemu, 63, was found guilty of ordering the 1978 killing...

Global Health: Six Lessons in Helping African Women Avoid H.I.V.

AdvertisementSix short videos were released last week describing how a Kenyan nonprofit organization tackles one of Africa’s toughest missions: helping young women protect themselves against H.I.V.The videos, by LVCT Health and posted on the PrEPWatch website, are funded by American foreign aid and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of...

Weeks After Mugabe Fell, Zimbabwe Remains in the Army’s Grip

AdvertisementHARARE, Zimbabwe — Three weeks after the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe came to an end, Zimbabwe’s new military-backed leaders made moves on Friday to improve economic relations with the West, as they continued to consolidate power ahead of elections next year.“We call for the unconditional lifting of the political and economic sanctions,...

Vincent Nguini, Guitarist With Paul Simon, Dies at 65

AdvertisementVincent Nguini, a guitarist and composer from Cameroon best known for his long tenure in Paul Simon’s band, died on Dec. 8 in Abadiânia, Brazil. He was 65.Mr. Simon’s manager, Jeff Kramer, said the cause was liver cancer. He said Mr. Nguini had gone to the city, in central Brazil, to see a spiritual healer.Mr. Nguini, who performed...

South African Court Rejects Zuma’s Bid to Block Corruption Inquiry

AdvertisementLONDON — President Jacob Zuma of South Africa suffered a stinging legal defeat on Wednesday when the country’s High Court rejected his efforts to block an inquiry into accusations of influence-peddling so widespread that it is known as “state capture.”The decision came days before a major gathering to choose Mr. Zuma’s successor...

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Tunisia’s Nobel prize-winning trade unions are holding the country back

RESIDENTS of Tataouine, on the edge of the Sahara, think it ought to be a boomtown. The dusty city is close to Tunisia’s oil and gas reserves. But firms do most of their recruiting elsewhere and send their profits away. The local unemployment rate is more than twice the national average of 13%. In April job-seeking protesters shut the main oil...

Vladimir Putin takes a victory lap in the Middle East

This is my winning face EVEN some of Bashar al-Assad’s staunchest opponents cringed at the snub. On December 11th Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Khmeimim airbase in Syria, from where the Russian air force launched a bombing campaign against Syrian rebels in 2015. Two years later, most of Mr Putin’s aims have been achieved: Russia’s...

More Africans have electricity, but they are using less of it

TOURISTS have long been drawn to Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya by its steep cliffs, plentiful zebras and spectacular canyons. Recently there is a new attraction; a spa set amid the cliffs, with a huge pool heated by the energy stored in the Earth’s crust. Curiously, it is not run by a tourist company, but by KenGen, the national electricity...

Why Sierra Leone is running out of fish

Fish out of water ONE evening in Tombo, as fish buyers throng the seafront, an argument erupts at the far end of the harbour. Angry voices waft through the air, as Pa Seaport, the master fisherman of Sierra Leone, tries to solve a heated dispute between local fishermen and a South Korean man. They accuse him of damaging their nets with his trawler,...

Jacob Zuma loses two court cases in one day

THE wheels of justice turn slowly, but probably not slowly enough for South Africa’s scandal-plagued president. Jacob Zuma’s court dates have piled up in recent years, along with seemingly endless appeals in what his allies have termed his “Stalingrad strategy” of contesting every judgment, no matter the futility. On December 13th, in the...

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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...

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Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404623_text (Sep 24, 2015) 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...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404624_text (Sep 25, 2015) 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 in...

Deals

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...

Gulf states say goodbye to tax-free reputation

Some have hailed introducing VAT as the start of "exciting, dramatic" change in the region, but the measure is also expected to push prices up for all residents including citizens and low-income workers.On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates doubles the price of tobacco and increases soft drink prices by 50 percent, ahead of the more general VAT on goods...

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THE MUFFINZ TO PERFORM AT THE CAF AWARDS IN NIGERIA

South Africa’s beloved five-piece afro’lectric woke band – The Muffinz have been invited to perform at the CAF (Confederation of African Football) awards in Nigeria on the 5th January 2017. With two incredible and well-produced albums under their belt “Have You Heard” and “Do What You Love” respectively, the band has gained a burgeoning...

SEASONED MUSICIAN KUNLE AYO JOINS THE VOICE AFRIQUE

Multi-award winning Jazz musician Kunle Ayo has joined hit music show The Voice Afrique – catering to the French speaking African countries. The multi-talented Nigerian national starts filming The Voice francophone on the first week of January.   With six successful albums and two live DVDs under his belt, the energetic and lively muso will […]Read...

THE MUFFINZ TO PERFORM AT THE CAF AWARDS IN NIGERIA TONIGHT

South Africa’s beloved five-piece afro’lectric woke band – The Muffinz have been invited to perform at the CAF (Confederation of African Football) awards in Nigeria on the 5th January 2017. With two incredible and well-produced albums under their belt “Have You Heard” and “Do What You Love” respectively, the band has gained a burgeoning...

CASSPER NYOVEST & RIKY RICK JOIN DJ SHIMZA AT HIS ONE MAN SHOW

Tembisa-born DJ, Shimza real name Ashley Raphala is hosting his 8th annual One Man Show (OMS) at the Mehlareng Stadium on Christmas Day. The popular show has over the years showcased talents of some of the most remarkable artists in South African entertainment. 27 year-old Shimza whose music and talent is as great as his […]Read More

COINTREAU IS CALLING ALL SOUTH AFRICAN CREATIVES

Cointreau, the iconic triple sec brand, is empowering creativity across South Africa with the launch of their Cointreau Creative Crew (CCC) campaign. With a team of chic designers, acclaimed performers and photographers, the CCC offers an exclusive communication platform encouraging women (and men) to “DreamDareCreate”, in order to accomplish their...